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Proficiency tests on multiple instruments: CMS clarifies regs

March 2016—If a laboratory does not perform its proficiency testing in accordance with a recently reiterated CMS directive regarding PT on multiple instruments, its standing with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services could be at stake. In fact, “You could be sanctioned directly by the CMS,” says Thomas Long, MPH, CAP director of biostatistics.

IQCP worries? Help with what ends and begins

July 2015—Technically, it’s true: The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ new program, the Individualized Quality Control Plan, is a voluntary, alternative option that clinical laboratories can use to customize their QC plans according to test method, patient population, environment, and personnel competency.

CAP proposals on IHC, PQRS accepted for Medicare in ’15

November 2014—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Oct. 31 published its 2015 Medicare physician fee schedule to set payment rates and policy for the next year, including the relative value units for existing and new Current Procedural Terminology codes. Several of the CAP’s recommendations and proposals were accepted for inclusion, such as three new quality measures designed for pathologists and eliminating G-codes to pay for immunohistochemistry services.

On cuts and consequences, pathologists make their case

October 2013—James Richard, DO, directs CAP-Lab, an independent laboratory in Lansing, Mich., where he manages the business and does everything from signing off on pathology reports to paying the mortgage on the building. But among the many issues he tackles running his practice and in the midst of a shift in health care in the U.S., a single rule proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is what’s keeping him awake at night.

Heart failure high-wire act

July 2013—After weeks of bewilderment, W. Frank Peacock, MD, finally solved the mystery of one of his so-called frequent fliers in the Emergency Department. At the time, Dr. Peacock was vice chair, Emergency Medicine, at the Cleveland Clinic. Every Monday morning, week after week, a local pastor would show up with symptoms of possible heart failure.

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