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CMS Increases Certain Laboratory Fees By 20 Percent

Comments on methodology due March 1

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a notice increasing fees for laboratories certified under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) by 20 percent.

CMS says that the increase — the first in 20 years — is necessary to continue to pay for the general expenses of administering the CLIA program. While the fee increase was effective Dec. 28, 2018, CMS is seeking public comment on the methodology used to determine the new fees. Comments on the notice are due March 1. Additional information is available in a CMS fact sheet