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The AACC called for increased collaboration between physicians and laboratory medicine professionals, as Medicare changes how it reimburses for clinical lab tests.

With PAMA scheduled to be implemented in January, many believe M&A in the clinical lab space will heat up, with Quest and LabCorp the main beneficiaries. 

With data analytics and more specific billing codes, the government has improved its ability to identify medically unnecessary genetic testing and other fraudulent activity.

Arriva parent firm Alere said that it would proceed with an appeal of the revocation to HHS' Department Appeals Board.

The company beat the consensus Wall Street estimates on both the top and bottom lines. It also increased its EPS outlook for full-year 2017. 

Theranos was fined $30,000 by CMS. Meanwhile, it will pay $4.65 million to Arizona residents for blood testing services that it performed between 2013 and 2016. 

S.794 would require Medicare contractors to hold public meetings and disclose the rationale and evidence underlying an LCD at the start of the process.

The agency said it is giving labs 60 additional days to report private payor rates but is still expecting to launch the new clinical lab fee schedule in 2018.

ACLA said the goal of the delay is to redefine "applicable laboratories" and give labs and CMS more time to collect data that will inform market-based pricing.

The court ruled against CMS' motion to dismiss the case, which seeks to have Arriva's Medicare billing privileges reinstated.

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