Tag Archives: CMS

HHS Extends Comment Period for Proposed Rules on Patient Access and Interoperability

On April 19, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a 30-day extension, until June 3, 2019, to the comment period for two rules proposed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC). The CMS proposed rule aims to … Continue Reading

CMS Rolls Out Revised Local Coverage Determination Process

On October 3, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a number of changes to the local coverage determination (LCD) process. The new guidelines are outlined in a revamped Chapter 13 – Local Coverage Determinations – of the Medicare Program Integrity Manual (PIM). This manual chapter had been the subject of criticism, … Continue Reading

CMS Publishes Final Rule to Implement PAMA’s Changes to Laboratory Test Reimbursement

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published in the Federal Register its long-awaited final rule implementing the significant payment and related changes for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests under the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule.  The changes were directed by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (“PAMA”), which establishes a new … Continue Reading

“TEST Act”: Newly Enacted Law Grants CMS Discretion for Sanctioning Referral of Proficiency Tests

On Tuesday, President Obama signed into law the “Taking Essential Steps for Testing Act of 2012,” H.R. 6118, granting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) discretion to choose appropriate sanctions for clinical laboratories that are found to have intentionally referred proficiency test samples in violation of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA). In … Continue Reading