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The ruling overturned a lower court decision that blocked ACLA's suit challenging the data collection process used by CMS to set test prices under PAMA.
The letter supporting the LAB Act, which would delay reporting of lab payment data under PAMA, was submitted to the House Energy & Commerce Committee.
Though the designation has seen slow uptake thus far, three tests received ADLT status in May, bringing the total number of approved ADLTs to five.
The bipartisan legislation would delay the reporting of lab payment data by a year and collect recommendations on improving PAMA payment reporting requirements.
Nursing home lab testing, traditionally a low margin and labor intensive business, has been particularly impacted by PAMA-driven reimbursement cuts.
A decades-long decline in medical technician training programs and large numbers of looming retirements have labs scrambling to fill their vacancies.
Lab director Glenn George discusses trends within clinical microbiology that could set it apart from other portions of the clinical laboratory.
The agency said its aim is to analyze the way CMS has chosen to implement PAMA and to estimate the potential financial impact to Medicare as a result of those choices.
After a GAO report found that CMS may be overpaying for lab tests, the legislator is asking the government payor to explain how it will ensure appropriate use of taxpayer funds.
CMS says fee hike would bring in $62.1 million, an amount necessary to maintain critical regulatory functions of the CLIA program into fiscal year 2022.