• Policy in Practice: ASCP Provides New PQRS Education Materials for CY 2014

    January 16, 2014
    ePolicy News Special Edition
    If you are a pathologist who bills Medicare Part B but has zero applicable Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) measures, there’s something you should know: You will NOT be subject to the -2 percent payment adjustment enforced by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in Calendar Year (CY) 2014! Read more
  • ePolicy News January 2014

    January 06, 2014
    HHS Responds to Advocacy Efforts, Laboratories finally relieved of EHR Gifting Burden!
    On Dec. 23, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released companion rules extending a provision allowing certain healthcare entities to essentially gift Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems without violating the Stark or Anti-kickback laws. Though previously included in the list of entities safe harbored under this provision, the final rules differ from the proposed rules in their exclusion of laboratories from this list. This means that laboratories will no longer be allowed/expected to gift EHRs to (referring) physicians. Read more
  • After Years of Communicating PQRS Concerns, ASCP Proposes a Potential Solution

    December 18, 2013
    Since the creation of the Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) in 2007, ASCP has been committed to educating our members on program requirements and communicating to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) when program requirements do not meaningfully align with the pathology specialty. However, after years of urging CMS to slow program advancement, develop more pathology-specific measures, and exempt pathologists with no applicable measures from negative payment adjustments, ASCP is shifting to an even more proactive advocacy approach Read more
  • ASCP Members’ Voices Heard on CMS Physician Fee Schedule Payment Cap; CLFS Still Hit Hard

    December 09, 2013
    ASCP members’ voices were heard when they submitted more than 10,000 letters this fall to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and Congress in opposition to CMS’ highly controversial proposal to cap Medicare payments for important life-saving diagnostic tests and procedures. Last week, CMS announced it would drop the proposal from its CY 2014 Medicare Physicians Fee Schedule (PFS). Read more