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Good and Not so Good News
The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit ruled in favor of the American Clinical Laboratory Association and reversed the District Court's decision last year which had dismissed ACLA's challenge to PAMA data reporting rule. That is the good news for as you know laboratories have been fighting the definition CMS for "applicable laboratories" which did not include hospital laboratories, but included mostly independent labs that have a lower cost structure. This would finalize the fees paid for testing at a lower cost then laboratories could live with and cause many to close.
Not so Good News:
Since the law suite was filed CMS has added hospital labs to the next data collection period. It is unknown at this time how this will be viewed by the District Court in rehearing of the case. Meanwhile, the lab community continues to advocate for the enactment of the PAMA reforms embodied in the LAB Act (H.R. 3584), which would provide a one-year delay of upcoming PAMA reporting activities while requiring the National Academy of Medicine to report on recommended improvements to the data collection scheme.