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Tuesday, July 5, 2011


Admitting it did not fully understand the impact of what it was requiring, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) now says it will drop a proposed rule that the ordering physician or nonphysician practitioner (NPP) must sign requisitions for all clinical diagnostic laboratory tests paid under the clinical laboratory fee schedule. Earlier this year, TMA along with numerous specialty societies; hospitals; and several members of Congress, including U.S. Rep. Michael Burgess, MD (R-Lewisville), asked CMS to delay the rule until next year. “Creating more bureaucracy in a system that can sometimes already be hard to navigate only creates more problems,” Congressman Burgess said. “Patients, physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and laboratories could not afford to have this change implemented, and all supported this effort.”

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