Wednesday, August 3, 2016

AMA Meetings re: PAMA New Coding Policies; August 10 Call; August 12 Workgroup Deadline.

One of the more complex parts of PAMA, the Medicare changes for laboratory policy, is a new code set for proprietary tests and FDA approved tests.   CMS has offered to create any necessary codes with quarterly G codes - if AMA CPT codes don't exist for the test in question.   Meanwhile, AMA is working hard to have a quarterly code generation process up in running.  The AMA coding system will be part of CPT but the program name is "PLA - Proprietary Lab Analyes."

August 10 (Deadline August 8)
AMA is setting up an informational call on the PLA plan.  To join the call on Wednesday August 10 at 7 pm CT (8 ET, 5 PT), check out the information on this AMA webpage, here.   Sign up for the teleconference before August 8.

August 12
AMA is setting up a multi stakeholder policy workgroup for the PLA coding system.  Join the committee - they are taking applications for committee membership through Friday August 12.  See the full information at the AMA webpage here.  Be part of PLA-TAG - the Proprietary Laboratory Analyses Technical Advisory Group.   (Hopefully there will be baseball caps and T-shirts in addition to the workgroup conference calls.)