ASM submitted comments to CMS on payment for new codes which will be included in the 2018 Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS). New codes considered included detection of antibiotic resistance genes and new antibody and PCR tests for Zika.

ASM has joined other societies with expertise in diagnostic testing in a letter addressing the Palmetto Draft Local Coverage Determination of Panels Identified by Multiplex Nucleic Acid Amplification Tests (NAATs). Palmetto, a contractor in the Southeast US for the Centers of Medicare and Medicaid Services, has indicated that it will not reimburse syndromic panels for identification  of respiratory and gastrointestinal pathogens.  ASM and co-signers indicate clear uses of these panels in improving patient care in the letters, submitted on July 20.

As of 11/10/2017, the Medicare Administrative Contractors have not finalized its draft LCDs for respiratory and GI multiplex panel tests. ASM will continue to monitor.

Christopher Doern and Duane Newton, members of the Public and Scientific Affairs Board, Laboratory Practices Committee authored the white paper “Clinical Utility of Multiplex Tests for Respiratory and Gastrointestinal Pathogens.”  The expanded availability of molecular methods for detection of pathogens directly in clinical specimens is changing the paradigm for diagnosis and management of patients with infectious diseases.  This paper describes the benefits and clinical value of multiplex molecular diagnostic panels. 

The May issue of the Clinical Microbiology Issues Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs.

Thursday, 20 April 2017 19:42

Microbiology is where it’s at - TWiM 150

In recognition of National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, Robin Patel speaks with the TWiM team about directing a clinical bacteriology laboratory, and how an observation made by a laboratory technologist lead to the finding that Ureaplasma species can cause a system metabolic disturbance, hyperammonemia.

Published in TWiM

Yvette S. McCarter, PhD, provides a practical approach to implement cost-effective and clinically relevant work-ups of respiratory cultures.

Published in ASM Virtual Lectures

The March issue of the Clinical Microbiology Issues Update has been published by the Office of Public Affairs.

The January Clinical Microbiology Issue Update Newsletter has beeen published by the Office of Public Affairs.

Jo-Anne H. Young, University of Minnesota, introduces Clinical Microbiology Reviews and offers tips on how to submit papers to the journal. 

Alexander J. McAdam, Editor in Chief, introduces the Journal of Clinical Microbiology published by the American Society for Microbiology.

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