CLFS Advisory Panel
The Medicare Advisory Panel on Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Services advises and reports to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the CMS Administrator.
We’re accepting nominations for the Panel. See “How do I nominate someone for the Panel?”.
Learn more about the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA).
What does the Panel advise on?
The Panel advises on and makes recommendations related to clinical diagnostic laboratory tests (CDLTs), including:
- Application of market rates to establish Medicare payment rates
- Evaluation and designation of tests as advanced diagnostic laboratory tests (ADLTs)
- Whether to use crosswalking or gapfilling to determine payment for specific new tests
- Factors used in determining coverage or payment processes for new CDLTs
CMS provides coordination, management, and operational services.
Who makes up the Panel?
The Panel is made up of 15 people (14 Representative members and a regular government employee) with expertise in issues related to CDLTs or health economics, including:
- Molecular pathologists
- Laboratory researchers
- People with expertise in laboratory science or health economics with regard to issues related to the development, validation, performance, safety, and application of such tests
All members serve on a voluntary basis without compensation. They serve a term of up to 3 years. The Secretary of CMS Administrator’s designee appoint members. View current Panel members (PDF).
Two or more panel members can form subcommittees, if approved by the Secretary or designee. Learn more about subcommittees (PDF).
How do I nominate someone for the Panel?
We have vacancies and accept nominations on a continuous basis. To nominate someone:
*Important Update: On July 19th, 2023, the CDLT Panel has completed all agenda items and has discussed and voted for all codes on the agenda. Accordingly, there will be no meeting on July 20th, 2023.
- Passcode: RO?H=Y6t
- Stand-by Speaker deadline: June 27, 2023
Meetings are held up to 4 times a year. CMS selects a Federal employee to service as the Designated Federal Officer (DFO) to attend each Panel meeting. See the DFO’s responsibilities (PDF).
To conduct panel business, a quorum is required. This exists when a majority of the currently appointed members are present at full Panel or subcommittee meetings or participating in conference calls.
Panel meetings are open to the public except if determined otherwise by the Secretary or other authorized official. We’ll publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing upcoming meetings.