Aetna Reverses Course on New Accreditation Requirements
Due in large part to CMA’s advocacy efforts, Aetna has announced they will repeal their dual certification requirement for Dermatologists and Dermatopathologists performing pathology services. Aetna had originally notified physicians that, effective August 1, 2012, reimbursement for in-office pathology testing will be contingent on meeting certified Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) and accreditation with the College of American Pathologists (CAP). CMA raised concerns over the dual certification requirement, which prompted Aetna to reverse the policy and only require meeting one of those two standards. CMA is still waiting to obtain clarification on whether Aetna will require dual certification for other specialists performing surgical pathology services in their office.