Tag: Medicare

ACLA Files Lawsuit Challenging CMS Implementation of PAMA

| December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

As reported by GenomeWeb among many media outlets, in an anticipated move, the American Clinical Laboratory Association filed a lawsuit last Monday against Acting Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services Eric Hargan, challenging the process by which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services set prices for laboratory tests under the Protecting Access to […]

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The Restaurateur Who Thought Like a Pathologist

| March 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

Again, the talk of not healthcare reform but rather healthcare payment reform and the interests of lawmakers, physicians, patients, payers and industry at stake with potential significant cost/reimbursement and research budget cuts proposed has led me to thinking, without politicizing, how bizarre it all really can be. My first year of medical school a friend and I […]

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Car washes, crib sheets and surgical pathology: Sleaze, graft and corruption

| June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments

Summers and a couple of winter breaks in college I worked at a car wash in suburban Chicago. This was after I learned auto body work and auto detailing. It seemed to make sense to me to learn how to apply bondo, fix bumpers, paint and buff and then understand how to keep a car’s […]

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The State of Digital Pathology Today – Part 3

| June 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Earlier this year I started a now 3-part series on the “State of Digital Pathology Today” with part 1 in January and part 2 in February. Since that time many changes have and are taking place in both the pathology market as a whole and with digital pathology in particular. First, issues of reimbursement and […]

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CAP: Medicare IHC Payment Policy is Inappropriate for Services Provided to Patients

| February 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) has sent a letter to Ms. Clara Marie Smith (CMS) on behalf of Mickey Doyle (MD) in response to the reimbursement cuts now in effect for immunohistochemistry (IHC), essentially claiming that they don’t know anything about IHC services in its version of Kindergarten Coloring – Rules 88342 and 88343 painting […]

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