The American Clinical Laboratory (ACLA) filed an appeal to revive its lawsuit against the U.S. Health and Human Services challenging HHS’ overhaul of the medical clinical lab fee schedule over its “harmful regulatory overreach” that imposes an “unsustainable reimbursement model.”
The first day of the annual meeting of the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) included a brief address by two members of Congress, including Rep. Brett Guthrie (R-Ky.), who chairs the health subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee. Guthrie acknowledged that the reset of the Medicare clinical lab fee schedule was not going as intended, but declined to identify any possible fixes pending a report by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.
The latest global regulatory news, changes and updates affecting medical devices and technologies, including: ACLA sees need for clarification of test coverage; MITA seeks transparency at USPSTF; NIH eyes license for cancer therapy; GAO says federal agencies falling short on recommendations; TGA updates guidance for risks in drugs and devices.
The latest global regulatory news, changes and updates affecting medical devices and technologies, including: FDA eyes grant of license for spectrometer for SARS; HQO eyes TAVI/TAVR for low-risk patients; ACLA says testing capacity beginning to strain.
The past two device user fee schedules have essentially doubled the volumes collected in the prior fee agreements, a pace that some in industry have described as unsustainable. That issue was front and center again in the first public meeting for the next user fee agreement, with FDA commissioner Stephen Hahn saying the agency’s device center needs more money, and industry representatives arguing that the bulk of the device center’s funding must be obtained through congressional appropriations, not from industry-funded user fees.
The Medicare clinical lab fee schedule (CLFS) in the U.S. has gone through some twists and convolutions in connection with the rate reset effort, but the suite of expensive, high-end tests is another source of spending concern. The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) examined that question recently and is considering several possible solutions. Among these are a fixed-rate deflation metric from a starting price point and bundling with a provider’s bundled payment program, two possible solutions that each carry their own set of headaches.
The Trump administration has posted an update to its plan to reopen the U.S. economy, this time with a slightly different twist on testing. This plan not only calls on local governments to administer tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, but also calls for two antibody tests per person under some circumstances, an approach that should beef up both the positive and negative predictive values compared to a single antibody test.
The pressure is rising on the Trump administration to activate the Defense Production Act (DPA) for the COVID-19 outbreak as the Senate yet again reconsiders an economic stimulus package. Sens. Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii) and Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) unveiled the Medical Supply Chain Emergency Act in an effort to force the White House to mandate the production of needed supplies, a bill that is likely to languish until Congress can move on economic relief legislation.
The latest version of legislation for regulatory reform has arrived, and the conventional wisdom may be that the Verifying Accurate, Leading-Edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act will not be passed until the next user fee agreement is codified into law. Nonetheless, Susan Van Meter, executive director of AdvamedDx, told BioWorld that the associated reforms are urgently needed by patients and test developers alike, and there is consequently no need to wait for user fee legislation to pass the VALID Act.