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AMA Invites Stakeholders to Oct. 8 Molecular Pathology Coding Workgroup Meeting

The American Medical Association (AMA) will continue the discussion regarding the coding provisions within the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) and the implementation of the Medicare Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests Payment System proposed rule during the Oct. 8 meeting of its Molecular Pathology Coding Workgroup (MPCW) in Philadelphia, PA. Interested parties who wish to participate via conference call must obtain permission prior to Oct. 5.
» Workgroup description and meeting details

Industry Expresses Concern Over CMS' PAMA Proposal
Stakeholders including the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) have expressed concerns about the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)’ preliminary proposal for implementing the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014, which the agency released Sept. 25.
» GenomeWeb (subscription content)
» ACLA press release

CMS Cuts Rates for Several Lab Tests in Preliminary Pricing for 2016
In preliminary pricing decisions released Sept. 25, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have reduced the reimbursement rates for several multi-analyte algorithm-based assays (MAAA), including important personalized medicine tests marketed by CareDx and Veracyte.
» GenomeWeb (subscription content)

Member News

Vital Transformation Webcasts Discussion on New Paths to Personalized Medicine

PMC’s Amy Miller has joined Vital Transformation and Chris Hoyle of AstraZeneca for a discussion on personalized medicine in Austria on Wednesday, Sept. 30. The event includes a live webcast.
» View the webcast

NIH Names David Flockhart IGNITE Network Chair
NIH has named David A. Flockhart, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Indiana Institute for Personalized Medicine, the new chair of the Implementing GeNomics In PracTicE (IGNITE) Network, an NIH program that aims to accelerate the pace at which personalized medicine is incorporated in the clinic.
» IGNITE program press release

Inspire Partners with American Lung Association
Inspire has announced a partnership with the American Lung Association in support of Inspire's online community for patients and caregivers affected by lung cancer. Through the partnership, the American Lung Association will help connect patients and their caregivers to the online support group.
» Inspire press release