NILA's Advocacy Achievements on Behalf of Community and Regional Laboratories

2019: Filed amicus brief supporting appeal of lawsuit challenging CMS’s implementation of the PAMA regulations.

2018 and 2019: Facilitating the Clinical Laboratory Coalition’s efforts to develop a laboratory “grassroots” effort to persuade Congress and CMS to reconsider PAMA’s laboratory fee schedule provisions.

2018: Filed two Amicus Briefs in support of lawsuit challenging CMS’s implementation of the PAMA regulations.

2017: 60-day delay (until May 30, 2017) of the March 31, 2017, deadline for reporting private payor data to CMS.

2016: A letter to CMS signed by 88 Members of the U.S. House of Representatives expressing concern about the implementation of Section 216 of PAMA requiring the reporting of private payor payment rates.

2016: CMS agreeing to NILA’s request to reprice definitive drug testing codes G0480-G0483.

2016: The withdrawal of the FDA’s October 3, 2014, Draft Guidances regulating Laboratory Developed Tests (LDTs).

2015: No Laboratory Fee Schedule cuts in the permanent “Doc Fix” (SGR) legislation.

2014: A $2 increase in specimen collection fees for SNF/homebound patients.

2013: Winning several lawsuits that forced the New York State Health Department to refund over $23 million in Permit Fee/Overcharges to New York licensed laboratories.

2011: Repealing a CMS Requirement for physician signatures on all Part B clinical laboratory requisitions.

2007: Blocking CMS’s Competitive Bidding Demonstration Project for Part B CLFS payments.

2003: Defeating a Congressional proposal to reinstitute a 20% copayment on Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) payments.