Amendments (Act No. 122) to Pennsylvania’s Clinical Laboratory Act May Cause Problems for Pennsylvania Labs

Act No. 122-2013 (formerly SB 1042), approved on December 18, 2013, by Pennsylvania Governor Thomas W. Corbett, was intended to prohibit specific activities (such as placing a laboratory phlebotomist in a physician’s office to collect specimens) that might be used to induce a health care provider/practitioner to refer specimens to a particular laboratory. 

However, it appears that a number of unintended consequences are cropping up. One may affect a laboratory’s ability to collect specimens in Pennsylvania nursing homes; another may affect payment arrangements between laboratories and Pennsylvania nursing homes for Part A laboratory reimbursement.

On May 28 the Pennsylvania Department of Health forwarded a letter to health care providers in Pennsylvania concerning implementation of Act No. 122-2013 along with a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). 

Click below to view the May 28 letter and the FAQs.

May 28, 2014, Pennsylvania Department of Health Letter RE: Revisions to the Pennsylvania Clinical Laboratory Act – Act No. 122-2013     

Pennsylvania Department of Health FAQs Volume 1, Act No. 122-2013, May 28, 2014   

Additional information will be posted as it becomes available.