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The reimbursement rates for the most commonly performed SARS-CoV-2 serologic tests are $42.13 and $45.23, depending on the billing code used.

If the bill passes in its current form, PAMA reporting would be delayed until January 2022 and rate cuts scheduled for 2021 would be put off to 2022.

ACLA President Julie Khani emphasized that commercial labs have been performing SARS-CoV-2 testing without confirmation of payment.

The bill, which was introduced in the House and Senate, would resolve longstanding questions around the FDA's authority to regulate laboratory-developed tests.

FDA officials said at ACLA's annual meeting that the agency's efforts to balance rapid test access with safety during the coronavirus crisis carries lessons for the oversight of all tests.

A pair of lawyers familiar with the case said that while ACLA might not win the legal battle, its lawsuit could aid efforts to get a legal fix to the law.

While legislation and lawsuits sought to blunt PAMA's impact, labs also employed new technologies and strategies to cope with anticipated price cuts.

The bill, which will delay reporting of lab payment data required by PAMA, will now be passed on to the President, who is expected to sign it into law.

These developments indicate that the law, which would delay the reporting of lab payment data required by PAMA, stands a good chance of passing in 2019.

While the laboratory industry hopes expanded price reporting will mitigate PAMA's impact, many labs, especially on the hospital side, may not be ready.

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