Volume XXV No. 16 – November 13, 2018
THE DARK REPORT ANALYZES a change of heart by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the way it will collect data about the lab test prices paid by private health insurers. Good news? Not so fast. The changes CMS calls for won't impact the Medicare fee schedule for two years. But on Jan. 1, 2019, CMS will make another painful 10% cut in what it pays for lab tests. Also in this issue is an exclusive look at how an innovative commercial lab company is developing ways to collaborate with physicians, health insurers, ACOs and others to improve patient care and lower the cost of care—and be paid for those contributions.