06/06/2014

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

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.

 

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