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    ePolicy News September 2014

    September 04, 2014
    ASCP Opposes CMS Consolidation of Prostate G-Codes, Use of Outpatient Data, Supports Restructuring of Misvalued Code timeline, and LCDs
    ASCP submitted comments on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for CY 2015 on Sept. 2. In a letter to the Agency, ASCP outlined its opposition to the Agency’s plans to consolidate its four prostate biopsy G-codes, utilize hospital outpatient data to reduce physician payment rates, and revamp the Local Coverage Decision process. Read more
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    ePolicy News August 2014

    August 04, 2014
    FDA Issues Final Guidance on Companion Diagnostic, LDT Draft Guidance to Follow
    On July 31st, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) notified Congress of its plans to release the long-awaited draft guidance for the regulation of laboratory developed tests (LDTs). With this notification, the FDA released a preview of the draft guidance. The Agency will formally publish its draft guidelines for public comment after 60 days. In addition, the Agency released a final guidance on the development, review, and approval of companion diagnostics. Read more
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    ePolicy News July 2014

    July 10, 2014
    CY 2015 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Released, Estimated to have a Positive Impact on Pathologists and Laboratories
    After years of drastic cuts to reimbursement, CMS takes a less aggressive approach to Medicare payment reform… Big data, information transparency, and stakeholder involvement are key asks of the provider community in this year’s proposed rule. Read more
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    ePolicy News June 2014

    June 02, 2014
    Better Utilization of Laboratory Services a Focus for Many Choosing Wisely Partners
    A recent ASCP analysis of the Choosing Wisely Recommendation Lists for more than 50 medical special societies found that half featured one or more recommendations on appropriate use of laboratory or pathology services. Choosing Wisely is an initiative of the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation to reduce overuse of tests and procedures. ASCP is the sole representative of the field of pathology invited by the ABIM to join the campaign to help reduce testing that may be medically unnecessary or potentially harmful. Read more

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