Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule
IMPORTANT UPDATE: On November 16, 2023, Section 502 of the Further Continuing Appropriations and Other Extensions Act of 2024 was passed and delayed data reporting requirements for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests (CDLTs) that are not advanced diagnostic laboratory tests, and it also delayed the phase-in of payment reductions under the CLFS from private payor rate implementation. Please see below for the following changes:
- The next data reporting period will be from January 1, 2025 – March 31, 2025 and based on the original data collection period of January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.
- A 0% payment reduction will be applied for CY 2024 so that a CDLT that is not an ADLT may not be reduced compared to the payment amount for that test in CY 2023, and for CYs 2025-2027 payment may not be reduced by more than 15-percent per year compared to the payment amount established for a test the preceding year.
- After the next data reporting period, there is a three-year data reporting cycle for CDLTs that are not ADLTs (that is 2028, 2031, etc.).
What’s the CLFS?
We pay for most clinical diagnostic laboratory tests (CDLTs) based off the weighted median of private payor rates (fee schedule). Typically, we update the payment rates using private payor rates every 3 years. This is based on The Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA).
These amounts are based on information laboratories submit during a data collection period. There are 3 steps in the process:
- Collect data (data collection period): Laboratories submit applicable information.
- Analyze data (reviewing window): Laboratories and their reporting entities determine whether they meet the majority of Medicare revenues and low expenditure thresholds. Be sure to review and validate applicable information before you report it.
- Report data (data reporting period): Reporting entities report applicable information to us. The next data reporting period is January 1–March 31, 2025. Learn more about reporting data.
What’s a private payor?
These are private payors:
- A health insurance issuer
- A group health plan
- A Medicare Advantage Plan
- A Medicaid Managed Care Organization
What happens next?
After the next data reporting period, there’s a 3-year data reporting cycle for CDLT. We update the rates under the CLFS every 3 years.
When are the rates effective?
We’ve extended the statutory phase-in of payment reductions resulting from implementing the private payor rate.
|Year||Data Collection Period||Data Reporting Period||Reduction Cap|
|2020||January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016||January 1, 2017 – May 30, 2017||10%|
|2021||January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016||January 1, 2017 – May 30, 2017||0.0%|
|2022||January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016||January 1, 2017 – May 30, 2017||0.0%|
|2023||January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016||January 1, 2017 – May 30, 2017||0.0%|
|2024||January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016||January 1, 2017 – May 30, 2017||0.0%|
|2025||January 1, 2016 – June 30, 2016||January 1, 2017 – March 30, 2017||15%|
|2026||January 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019||January 1, 2025 – March 31, 2025||15%|
|2027||January 1, 2019 – June 30, 2019||January 1, 2025 – March 31, 2025||15%|
- Information on final rules: CLFS_Inquiries@cms.hhs.gov
- Information on the data collection system: email@example.com
For more information
- View the CLFS files
- View the Summary of Private Payor Rate-Based Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (PDF) (PDF)
- View the CLFS Applicable Raw Data File (from 2017 reporting)
- View the CLFS Applicable Information HCPCS Codes (ZIP) (ZIP)
- Visit the Clinical Labs Center for more clinical laboratory provider and supplier information
- Get Medicare Learning Network® (MLN) updates