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January 30, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Intelligence Late & Latent News

In New Jersey, a U.S. attorney has put laboratory sales reps on notice that they can be prosecuted for violating federal anti-kickback laws and sent to prison. On January 18, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, announced the sentencing of Michael J. Zarrelli, of Berkeley Heights, N.J., formerly a sales representative with the now- defunct

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In Texas, BeaconLBS Start Will Be Delayed

UnitedHealthcare has yet to announce new date for when laboratory claims impact will commence

CEO SUMMARY: UnitedHealthcare will not implement the claims impact part of its laboratory benefit management program in Texas on March 1, 2017, as it had previously announced. Opposition to the program and the requirement that physicians use the BeaconLBS system when ordering about 79 lab tests is building among physicians in Texas. Officials from the

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Health System Lab Is Genotyping To Identify Best Drugs for Patients

Pharmacogenomic tests for surgical inpatients

CEO SUMMARY: One essential element of precision medicine will be the regular use of pharmacogenomic testing to provide additional guidance to physicians when selecting the most appropriate therapeutics and optimal dose for each individual patient. Despite the reluctance of private payers and Medicare to reimburse for pharmacogenomic tests, Avera Institute for Human Genetics (AIHG) in

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Another Pharmacogenomic Lab Hit With Audit, Multi-million Dollar Repayment Demand

Pharmacogenomic lab faces hardship as CMS seeks recoupment of multiple millions of dollars

CEO SUMMARY: In 2014, during a ZPIC audit of an unnamed pharmacogenomic testing lab, a federal auditor reviewed a small number of claims that had been filed over a period of several years. Despite supporting letters from physicians, the auditor rejected those claims, then extrapolated the findings to declare payments for thousands of tests over

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Lab Innovators Advocate Need for Clinical Lab 2.0

Lab 1.0 is the low-paid commodity lab, while lab 2.0 gets paid more for the value it contributes

CEO SUMMARY: It is generally recognized that the clinical lab industry faces a financial squeeze of unprecedented dimensions. Lab test prices are falling steadily and more major cuts are coming to Medicare Part B fees in just 11 months. At the same time, obtaining favorable coverage and reimbursement decisions from payers is becoming tougher. This

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Ending ‘Lab Tests as a Commodity’

WITH HEALTHCARE POISED TO MAKE FUNDAMENTAL CHANGES in both the delivery of care (think integration, ACOs, medical homes) and how providers are paid (less fee-for-service, more budgeted payment methods), it is time for the entire profession of laboratory medicine to tackle the elephant in the room: lab tests bought and sold as commodities.

The commoditization of

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