House passes bill to delay payment cuts for 600 lab tests

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The U.S. House of Representatives passed a legislative package Dec. 7 that includes a one-year delay to reimbursement cuts for nearly 600 clinical lab tests, according to a Dec. 8 MedTechDive report.

The cuts in Medicare reimbursements for the tests were scheduled to take effect Jan. 1. The bill, called the Protecting Medicare and American Farmers from Sequester Cuts Act, pushes those cuts to Jan. 1, 2023.

The American Clinical Laboratory Association issued a statement welcoming the "relief from yet another year of cuts to many of the most commonly ordered clinical laboratory tests," due to what it said was the "flawed" implementation of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014.

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