January 29, 2019
35th Annual Current Issues in Anatomic Pathology
May 23-25, 2019 | UCSF
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Course Chairs
Linda D. Ferrell, MD
Joseph Rabban, MD, MPH
Laura Tabatabai, MD
Sarah Umetsu, MD, PhD
Charles Zaloudek, MD

Guest Speakers
Breast Pathology
Stuart J. Schnitt, MD
Soft Tissue Pathology
John R. Goldblum, MD
Jason L. Hornick, MD, PhD
Genitourinary Pathology
Victor E. Reuter, MD

Registration Fees
$855 Physicians
$805 Allied Health Professionals
$460 Residents/Fellows

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Optional Seminar
Cytology Seminar ( MAP19001B)
May 22, 2019

For 2019 Data Collection, CMS Updates PAMA Laboratory Requirements- CAP Advisory

On January 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hosted a call regarding new laboratory reporting requirements for collecting 2019 data on private payer rates for clinical laboratory services. The data collected will be used to set future Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) rates. The new laboratory reporting requirements primarily impacts hospital outreach laboratories. During the call, the CMS informed participating laboratories that starting January 1:
  1. Medicare Advantage plan payments will be excluded from total Medicare revenues (the denominator of the majority of Medicare revenues threshold)
  2. Hospital outreach laboratories that bill for their non-patient laboratory services using the hospital's national provider identifier (NPI) must now use Medicare revenues from the Form CMS-1450 14x Type of Bill to determine whether they meet the majority of Medicare revenues threshold and low expenditure threshold.
Under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA), applicable laboratories are required to report private payor rates paid for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests to the CMS so the data can be used to calculate Medicare payment rates. With these two revisions, the 2018 Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) expanded the number of laboratories now required to submit data to the agency.

The CMS also provided clarification that for hospital outreach laboratories using the hospital's NPI and not its own, the majority of Medicare revenues threshold is calculated by taking the PFS and the CLFS revenue derived from the Form CMS-1450 14x Type of Bill for the hospital outreach lab (numerator) over the total Medicare revenue derived from the Form CMS-1450 14x Type of Bill (denominator). The CMS acknowledged that this is meant to require most hospital outreach laboratories to report but emphasized that these laboratories still have to meet the low expenditure threshold. Officials also announced that additional guidance will be available on the CMS PAMA website. The CAP has additional resources available on its PAMA webpage.


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