Thursday, June 2, 2016

CMS Posts Info for Lab Advisory Panel Meeting July 18 (Same Day as Gapfill Meeting)

CMS has posted a formal announcement that the Advisory Panel on Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests will meet on July 18, 2016, at CMS in Baltimore.   The Federal Register announcement is here.

This has low surprise value; on May 13, CMS announced the annual New Test Crosswalk/Gapfill meeting would be held on July 18 and that the Advisory Panel would fall on the same day, each using half the schedule.
During the afternoon session, the Panel will deliberate and make recommendations regarding the new and reconsidered laboratory codes for CY 2017. The Panel may also hear public presentations on additional issues concerning the CY 2017 CLFS that are designated in the Panel’s charter and specified in the Panel meeting agenda for the afternoon session.
CMS appears to be offering separate registration for the two meetings (which are held in the same room and were contiguous/continuous last year).  Per the announcement, meeting registration opens on June 6, 2016.  CMS reserves the right to add publicly announced issues to the panel agenda as late as 3 weeks before the meeting.
Beginning Monday, June 6, 2016 and ending Friday, July 1, 2016 at 5:00 p.m. EDT, registration to attend the Panel meeting in-person may be completed online at On this webpage, under “Related Links,” double-click the “Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests FACA Panel Meeting Registration” link and enter the required information.