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Competitive Bidding Demo For Clinical Labs To Begin In Spring 2008

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

A planned Medicare clinical laboratory services competitive bidding demonstration project is slated to begin in spring 2008, Linda Magno, CMS Director of Medicare Demonstrations Program Group, told participants in a CMS Open Door Forum July 16

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San Diego is Medicare demo site: Clinical laboratories located in the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos area of California that want to continue receiving Medicare reimbursement for their services will have to submit competitive bids on 303 different test codes to CMS in the coming months. CMS selected the San Diego region Oct. 15 as the first of two areas in the country that will participate in the three-year clinical laboratory competitive bidding demonstration, mandated by the Medicare Modernization Act of 2003. The project is designed to assess the cost-saving potential of replacing Medicare's clinical laboratory fee schedule with prices based on the lowest bids from labs (1"The Gray Sheet" July 23, 2007, p. 8). A Bidder's Conference to explain the bidding process is planned for Oct. 31 in the San Diego area. Clinical lab groups are bitterly opposed to the project, and have been pushing for Congress to halt its implementation (2"The Gray Sheet" Aug. 13, 2007, p. 8). AdvaMed, representing diagnostic test manufacturers, also says it will be closely monitoring the demo project out of concerns that it focuses too much on cost rather than diagnostic quality

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