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STATLINE Previous Issues

  • April 16, 2019

    As part of legislation enacted in 2018 to address the opioid crisis, Congress included the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act in the final bill. 

  • April 9, 2019

    The CAP is concerned about inconsistent guidance from the National Correct Coding Initiative Policy Manual that affects payment for laboratory tests.

  • April 2, 2019

    The CAP urged the CMS to change its NCD policy implementation on NGS for patients with advanced cancer and continues to engage with the CMS.

  • March 26, 2019

    By using CAP-developed quality measures in 2017, the vast majority of pathologists stopped a 4% Medicare penalty and optimized their Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) scores to earn positive adjustments to their payments in 2019. 

  • March 19, 2019

    The CAP urged the CMS to include a flexible process that allows for evolving cancer therapy technologies and to ensure recognition of the lifesaving role that pathologists play in the CAR T-cell treatment process. 

  • March 12, 2019

    Still haven’t reported improvement activities for MIPS? The CAP has resources to help members report using the Medicare’s improvement activities attestation portal. And the CAP supports federal agencies for a taskforce to help combat global health outbreaks with critical diagnostic tests.

  • March 5, 2019

    The CAP urges the CMS to reconsider their updated pathology equipment and supplies structure because it does not reflect the proper product, quantity, or unit of measure associated with medical test.

  • February 26, 2019

    The CAP, along with laboratory industry groups, requested a meeting with the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to discuss strong disagreements with a recent GAO report concerning new Medicare payment rates for clinical laboratory services as mandated by PAMA.

  • February 12, 2019

    The CAP advocates with FDA for broader labeling of companion diagnostics to help protect pathologists. Working to ensure patient care is guided by the best test available, the CAP engaged with the FDA in support of broader labeling of companion diagnostics.  

  • February 5, 2019

    The CAP asks CMS to reconsider coverage changes to NGS-based tests and April 2 is the last day to attest to Improvement Activities and avoid a penalty.

  • January 29, 2019

    The CAP lists key congressional committee leaders important to Pathologists and for 2019 Data Collection, the CMS updates PAMA laboratory requirements.

  • January 22, 2019

    Pathologists’ Medicare services get covered and paid during government shutdown and recurring PathPAC donation option still available to CAP members.

  • January 15, 2019

    The CAP improves changes to Medicare's Shared Savings Program to help protect pathologists and CMS updates QPP login credentials.

  • January 8, 2019

    The CMS approves Pathologists Quality Registry with more quality measures for 2019 and the CAP fights for more flexibility for Pathologists in QPP.

  • December 18, 2018

    The CAP files legal brief calling on court to set aside PAMA rates and CMS releases 2019 CLFS rates.

  • December 11, 2018

    Recent GAO report claims new clinical laboratory rates may create excess payments.

  • December 4, 2018

    The CAP opposes eliminating CMS autopsy standard and asks the agency to reduce regulatory burden on Pathologists.

  • November 14, 2018

    CAP advocates for accurate patient diagnoses, health quality at 2018 AMA Interim Meeting and check out the latest Pathology workforce and economic trends in the 2018 Practice Leader Survey Report.

  • November 6, 2018

    CMS grants some CAP-requested changes to specific payment issues in 2019 Hospital Outpatient Regulation and CAP reviews final changes in 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule regulation.

  • November 1, 2018

    On November 1, the CMS issued the 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program changes that will impact Medicare pathology payment and services.

Analysis of Draft 2018 Medicare Rule

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