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CMS Suspends the Expansion of the Accelerated and Advance Payments Program During the COVID-19 Pandemic for Part B Suppliers

Effective April 26, 2020, CMS is no longer accepting new applications for Advanced Payment Program loans from Part B suppliers including laboratories and reevaluating all new and pending applications for the Accelerated Payment Program.1 Since the announcement of the Expanded Accelerated and Advanced Payment Program on March 28, 2020, CMS has processed 45,000 applications and dispersed over $100...


CMS Expands Payment Program to Provide Labs Temporary Relief from Declining Revenues

Due to the impact of the recent coronavirus pandemic, CMS Administrator Seema Verma has expanded the CMS Accelerated and Advance Payment Program for the duration of the public health emergency.1 The streamlined process designed to assist healthcare providers and suppliers “stay afloat” during the current COVID-19 crisis will now take days rather than weeks for requests to be processed. For...


Solution or Problem? Has the PDF Outlived Its Usefulness in Health Information Management?

The time has come to make the EHR smarter by allowing access to fully integrated and curated patient data that is readily accessible and searchable. It is only when we have completely interoperable systems with data analytics capabilities and no data locked away in PDFs that we will realize the full potential of electronic health information systems.How PDFs Became a Standard for Sharing Health...


Integrating Laboratory and Clinical Data: A Framework for Improving Reimbursement of Genomic Testing

IntroductionIn 2017, there were roughly 75,000 genetic tests on the market with about ten new tests added daily.1 The rapid expansion of genomic testing, particularly next-generation sequencing (NGS) panels, has led to uncertainty about their appropriate use, interpretation, and clinical utility. Indefinite clinical utility leads to claims denials which are appealed through a lengthy and often...


Key Themes from the Precision Medicine Institute Symposium

Earlier this month I attended the Precision Medicine Institute Symposium 2019 in New Orleans where I had the privilege of presenting Precision Medicine Informatics: What Hospitals, Physicians, and Payers Need to Know about Challenges, Approaches, and Best Practices. The one and a half day symposium organized by the Dark Intelligence Group provided an opportunity for trailblazers in the field of...