Physicians soon will find out how much it could cost them to operate office laboratories under the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA 88).

At AAP News press time, the proposed certification fees for CLIA had been approved by the federal Office of Management and Budget, which means they could be issued at any time, U.S. Health Care Financing Administration (HCFA) officials said.

Once released, the proposed rule outlining the fees would be published in the Federal Register. HCFA would then allow the public to respond before finalizing the fees.

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