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    ePolicy News January, 2012

    January 04, 2012
    Congress Reaches Last-Minute Deal to Address Payroll Taxes, Doc Pay Fix

    As 2011 drew to a close, the House of Representatives and Senate were still at odds over the payroll tax bill, which just also happened to be Congress’ vehicle to provide relief from the impending 27.4 percent cut in Medicare physician reimbursement rates and TC Grandfather provision. However, at the eleventh hour, Congress found a compromise to maintain present Medicare physician payment rates. Read more

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    ePolicy News December, 2011

    November 30, 2011
    ASCP Joins CGI to Tackle Workforce Shortage

    ASCP has made a Commitment to Action at the 2011 Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) America Meeting in Chicago to alleviate the shortage of laboratory professionals. Expanding the Laboratory Workforce for the 21st Century is a five-year ASCP commitment to expand the capacity of the clinical laboratory workforce in the state of New York, with implications for future similar initiatives across the nation. Read more

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    ePolicy News November, 2011

    October 31, 2011
    CMS Releases Final Accountable Care Organization Rule
    ASCP Pleased HHS Ditches Proposed EHR Requirement

    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the final regulations implementing the Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Shared Savings programs. Numerous changes to the regulations appear to make them more feasible and attractive to the development of ACOs. In particular, ASCP hopes/expects that the elimination of a proposed requirement to use electronic health records (EHRs) as a requirement of participation may provide some relief for pathology groups and smaller clinical laboratories hoping to participate in the program. Read more

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    Congressional Action Threatens Graduate Medical Education

    October 31, 2011
    As Congress deliberates on just how to cut the nation’s deficit, everything is a prime target, including Graduate Medical Education. ASCP is collaborating with the American Association of Medical Colleges (AAMC) to urge Congress to reconsider a deficit reduction proposal (being considered by the Congressional Super Committee) that would cut GME funding as much as 60 percent, a cut in funding of approximately $60 billion. Read more

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