Tag: electronic health record systems

In Texas, Questions for UnitedHealth, BeaconLBS

CEO SUMMARY: As of January 1, 2017, clinical laboratories and pathology groups in Texas will find it more difficult to serve the 500,000 patients enrolled in UnitedHealthcare’s fully-insured commercial plans in the Lone Star State. That’s because—just as it did in Florida—UnitedHealthcare, with its partners BeaconLBS and Laboratory Corporation of America, is implementing its laboratory

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Florida Doc Says Questions Go Unanswered by UHC

CEO SUMMARY: One common complaint about the efforts of UnitedHealthcare to introduce its unpopular laboratory benefit management program in Florida is that the insurer-and its agent, BeaconLBS, a division of Laboratory Corporation of America-don’t respond to physicians when they request guidance. One family practice physician in Jacksonville said that UHC has not even acknowledged several letters he sent via certified mail, return receipt requested.

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Pathologists Contribute To Care in Wisconsin ACO

CEO SUMMARY: From the launch in 2013 of a big accountable care organization in Wisconsin, the North Shore Pathologists at Columbia-St. Mary’s Hospital have been involved. Among the lessons learned are the importance of structuring the pathology contract with the hospital to anticipate value-based reimbursement and having full access to the ACO’s data. The pathologists are using this data to develop test utilization programs that help physicians order the right lab test for the right patient.

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Rheumatologists Oppose UnitedHealth’s BeaconLBS

CEO SUMMARY: Yet another specialty society is opposing the laboratory benefit management program UnitedHealthcare introduced in Florida last fall. Rheumatologists have joined four other specialty physicians in saying UHC’s BeaconLBS system could be detrimental to patient care. In a letter to UHC, the Coalition of State Rheumatology Organizations said it, “will pursue the reversal of this policy with our state and national societies through every regulatory, legislative, and public means possible.”

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July 29, 2013 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Another national health insurance corporation is preparing to institute pre-authorization for genetic tests. Cigna Corporation announced on July 23 that it had selected InformedDNA, to administer its new genetic testing and counseling program. Pathologists and laboratory administrators should note that one goal of Cigna’s new program is “to prevent the ordering of inappropriate genetic tests,”

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