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CMS Proposal draws concern from laboratories nationwide. . .
There is a current proposal by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) to further cut reimbursement for pathology and laboratory services. This follows a 52% reduction in payment for CPT code 88305 in January.
These proposed cuts are so drastic that laboratories may feel pressures to layoff laboratory personnel and could force the closure of smaller laboratories. The top five examples given by the ASCP of the proposed cuts are:
- 44.90% reduction for 88342TC Immunohisto-chemistry
- 70.36% reduction for 88307TC Tissue exam by pathologist
- 74.95% reduction for 88185 Flow cytometry/tc add-on
- 64.89% reduction for 88312TC Special stains group 1
- 55.26% reduction for 88313TC Special stains group 2
More information regarding these cuts is available from the ASCP: http://www.ascp.org/Advocacy/ePolicy-News-August-2013.html#Fed
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Revised and Renewed! The CAC Newsletter has been significantly revised in the September 2012 issue. We know you will find it more appealing and interesting to read so please take a moment to review it. In fact, why not considering contributing an interesting bit of your own knowledge. . . interesting case? news? current event? Please forward you ideas to our CAC Newsletter Editor, Jennifer Pavia-Nilmeier at email@example.com
The California Association of Cytotechnologists is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to enable its members and those in related fields to unite their efforts for the advancement and promotion of knowledge of cytology and related areas.
The State association is governed by a slate of officers and a Board of Directors.
The CAC meets annually for a business meeting and a workshop seminar. All of the state educational seminars qualify for California State, IAC and ASC continuing education credit.
Many meetings feature nationally recognized speakers. Exhibitors display new products and techniques.
Entertaining social events are planned for these meetings.
California Association of Cytotechnologists
3144 N. "G" Street #125
Merced, CA 95340-1300