Seventeen organizations don't support the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act as written and would like lawmakers to advance a CLIA-centric framework.
The agency asked Reps. Bucshon and DeGette to consider the precertification program idea as they work on refining the draft of the Diagnostic Accuracy and Innovation Act.
These lobbying efforts aim to shore up willingness among legislators to step in and halt implementation of the NCD if certain provisions remain in the final version.
New Medicare rates established under PAMA will cause labs to scale back services, and in some cases shut down, the motion states.
The year brought more FDA approvals for molecularly targeted drugs and NGS tests for personalizing cancer treatment, but reimbursement remained a stress point for industry.
The suit filed against the acting HHS secretary alleges that a flawed data collection process failed to establish market-based rates.
Smaller labs, hospital outreach labs, and labs servicing high numbers of elderly are thought to face the highest risks.
The government payor proposed rates that would reduce payment by $670 million, though CMS previously estimated a $390 million cut in 2018.
Entering a new chapter with a new leader, ACLA lends support to a draft bill that would regulate lab tests not as medical devices but as in vitro clinical tests.
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.
The New York Times and ProPublica look into the close relationship between a startup and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.
Yahoo News reports millions of dollars are being transferred from NIH, CDC, and other programs to pay for the housing of detained undocumented immigrant children.
In Science this week: in vitro generation of human reproductive cells, and more.
Researchers gave a handful of octopuses MDMA to find that they too act more social on the drug, Gizmodo reports.