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Higher pay for fibrinolysins interpretation in ’19 fee schedule

December 2018—The CMS finalized its 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule and its response to the CAP’s recommendations to raise payment for fibrinolysins interpretation and reporting and to forgo a proposed decrease to the physician work value for blood smear interpretation. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Nov. 1 published the 2019 physician fee schedule. Services on the physician fee schedule are composed of three relative value units designated by the CMS: physician work, practice expense, and malpractice liability RVUs. Each RVU is separately valued and summed to equal the total RVU for each physician service on the fee schedule. The CAP advocates for the appropriate valuation of pathology services through its representation on the advisory committee of the AMA/Specialty Society Relative Value Scale Update Committee, known as RUC.

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Higher pay for therapeutic apheresis, bone marrow aspiration

December 2017—For 2018, CMS estimates a one percent overall decrease in pathology reimbursement. Pathologists will receive payment increases for therapeutic apheresis and diagnostic bone marrow aspiration services in 2018. At the same time, reimbursement for flow cytometry services will continue to decrease following phased-in reductions set by the Medicare program last year, but the CAP was successful in lessening the impact of cuts to those services in 2018.

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Market based? A view of PAMA process, pricing

September 2017—Under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, Medicare rates for laboratory tests will be recalculated to reflect “market-based pricing” as reported by “applicable laboratories.” But are labs going to get a market-based price, or is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services “gaming the system to ensure there will be a cut to the fee schedule”?

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Labs entering risky payment game in the new year

January 2015—This year will bring a host of regulatory, coding, billing, and payment changes that are going to challenge pathologists and laboratory administrators to move quickly or else face declining revenue and the grim specter of Medicare recovery audits. That was the somber consensus of three experts gathered for a December webinar hosted by The Dark Report.

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CAP proposals on IHC, PQRS accepted for Medicare in ’15

November 2014—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Oct. 31 published its 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule to set payment rates and policy for the next year, including the relative value units for existing and new Current Procedural Terminology codes. Several of the CAP’s recommendations and proposals were accepted for inclusion, such as three new quality measures designed for pathologists and eliminating G-codes to pay for immunohistochemistry services.

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Proposed prostate biopsy policy could cut Medicare pay

August 2014—How the Medicare program reimburses pathologists for prostate biopsy specimen services could change in 2015 under proposed rules for physician payment from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The CMS detailed its proposed plans for prostate biopsy reimbursement, in addition to other payment policy changes concerning pathologists, in the proposed 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule released July 3. The proposal includes adding three new pathology measures, sponsored by the CAP, to the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting System and the expansion of CMS’ value-based modifier program. After a 60-day comment period, the CMS will finalize the 2015 fee schedule later this year.

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Protecting Access to Medicare Act
CAP on rule to implement law: ‘We will be there’

June 2014—The CAP’s leaders say they will keep pushing for favorable pathology payment policies as federal regulators implement new legislation that could lead to steep cuts in Medicare rates. Six weeks before the May 5–7 CAP Policy Meeting in Washington, DC, Congress enacted the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014. The bill, signed into law April 1, stopped cuts to physician services under the flawed Medicare sustainable growth rate formula used to calculate Medicare pay.

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