Issue: Volume XIX No. 13 - September 17, 2012

In Medicare Bull’s Eye: Lab Test Reimbursement

YOU CAN CONSIDER THIS ISSUE OF THE DARK REPORT TO BE an early warning of the escalating effort by public and private payers to rein in the “soaring cost” of clinical laboratory testing and anatomic pathology services. The intelligence briefings you will read on the following pages address important topics, specifically: 1) a new Medicare …

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Changed Medicare Policy Adds to Regulatory Risk

CEO SUMMARY: When Medicare’s National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) manual took effect on January 1, 2012, it contained a significant change in how prostate biopsy claims are to be coded. This change was widely overlooked by the pathology profession and even dismissed entirely for its ambiguity and inconsistency with previously published guidance on the subject. …

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Lawyer Advises on Risk Of Prostate Biopsy Audits

CEO SUMMARY: For labs currently processing prostate biopsy cases with five or more cores and for those pathologists interpreting those cases, there is a lack of clarity about new Medicare policies. As one example, risk of an audit is significant because of recent guidance issued by one Medicare contractor. Another source of risk for labs …

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CLMA Asks Labs for Examples of RAC Auditor Overreach

STORIES ABOUT HOW PRIVATE MEDICARE AUDITORS are overreaching in their zeal to identify fraud have caught the attention of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. It is asking providers to submit examples of overzealous RAC auditors. For its part, the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) is collecting examples of recovery audit contractor (RAC) auditors behaving badly …

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Sonic Healthcare, Bio-Reference Report Financial Performance

IN RECENT WEEKS, two of the nation’s larger public laboratory companies issued their earnings reports. In both cases, revenue growth was strong, a distinct difference from the recent financial performance of their two largest lab public company competitors. It was on August 21, 2012, when Sonic Healthcare, Ltd., of Sydney, Australia, issued its financial performance …

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Lab Specimen Transport Eliminates Need for Ice

CEO SUMMARY: Because of its unique design and reliability, a new product for transporting laboratory specimens and units of blood without the use of ice and dry ice is gaining favor with innovative laboratories across the country. Kaiser Permanente of the Mid-Atlantic States uses this ice-free specimen transport solution to move units of blood from …

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September 17, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Exome sequencing testing for cancer patients is now offered by the Cancer Genetics Laboratory at Baylor College of Medicine (BCM) in Houston, Texas. This clinical testing will be performed using next-generation gene sequencing technology. Pathologists at Baylor are among the first in the nation to offer exome-based testing services. “Cancer exome sequencing is poised to …

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