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    ePolicy News October 2014

    September 29, 2014
    House Subcommittee Examines FDA’s Plan to Regulate LDTs
    Last month, the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee held a hearing to learn more about the highly anticipated guidance outlining the plan by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to regulate laboratory developed tests (LDTs). In July, the FDA notified Congress of its intent to issue two draft guidance documents regarding the oversight of LDTs. Read more
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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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    Emory team shares lab procedures for safe care of US Ebola patients

    August 29, 2014
    Lab Medicine published online a statement by the Emory University Hospital team detailing the lab procedures they used to ensure safe care of two Ebola patients successfully treated and released earlier this month. The document underscores the importance of the medical laboratory team in providing effective point-of-care (POC) testing, and at the same time safeguarding their own health and that of the hospital’s patients and staff. Read more