CMS Resumes Laboratory Survey Activity

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced it will fully resume laboratory survey activity — as required by the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) — following a suspension in enforcement action during the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE). 

CMS to Host Webinar on Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule Private Payer Data Collection and Reporting Policies 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a webinar on Nov. 10 at 12:30 p.m. (PT) to provide updates and key information on the Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) private payer data collection and reporting policies. Registration is required.  The next CLFS data reporting period for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests is Jan. 1 through March 31, 2022, and is based on the original data collection period of Jan. 1 through June 30, 2019.  

MedPAC Releases June 2021 Report to Congress

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) has released its June 2021 Report to the Congress, a mandated report that details analysis and recommendations about the Medicare program and health care delivery system.  

CMS Revises Surveyor Guidance for Laboratories

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued revised guidance for clinical laboratory surveyors, with updates to State Operations Manual (SOM) Chapter 6. That chapter, intended to help regional office and state surveyors administer the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments program, has been revised to remove outdated information and ensure each section matches current policies and procedures.

CMS Revises Guidance for Hospital Outreach Laboratory CLFS Reporting Requirements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued revised guidance for laboratories that are required to report private payer data for laboratory tests under the clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS). In response to advocacy from CHA, CMS revised its guidance for hospital outreach laboratories on reporting applicable information attributed to non-patients.