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    ePolicy News July 2013

    July 01, 2013
    Medicare Laboratory Fees Under Microscope … Again
    The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report claiming Medicare overpays for clinical laboratory services by 18 to 30 percent. The report, Comparing Lab Test Payment Rates: Medicare Could Achieve Substantial Savings, compares Medicare payment for clinical laboratory services to Medicaid and three Federal Employee Health Plans. To address these supposed “overpayments,” the report recommends cutting the clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS), imposing co-pays and deductibles on the CLFS, and instituting competitive bidding of clinical laboratory services. Read more
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    ePolicy News June 2013

    May 31, 2013
    ASCP to Congress: Repeal SGR, Fix Stark and Meaningful Use
    Earlier this month, ASCP advocated that the powerful U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means and Energy & Commerce Committees, both of which have oversight over Medicare, repeal the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule’s flawed Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). This advocacy was in response to a recent joint committee report recommending the repeal and reform of the SGR, the flawed formula used to calculate the annual update in the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. Read more
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    ePolicy News May 2013

    May 01, 2013
    Supreme Court Considers Validity of Gene Patents
    The United States Supreme Court heard arguments last month in Association for Molecular Biology v. Myriad Genetics, Inc., et al, the landmark lawsuit challenging whether isolated human genes are patentable. The case questions Myriad Genetics’ right to patent BRCA1 and BRCA2, two genes that correlate to increased rates of breast and ovarian cancer. Read more
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