RECENTLY the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported on healthcare spending for 2008. The noteworthy finding was that the rate of increase in health spending fell to 4.4% for 2008.
This is the lowest annual rate of increase in health spending since CMS first began officially tracking health expenditures in 1960. In its report,
CEO SUMMARY: After two years of concerted effort, laboratories in New York are optimistic that state legislators will finally repeal an 8.18% surcharge tax on clinical laboratory tests. The significant insight behind this story is how laboratories educated patients about the surcharge. The response was a public deluge of phone calls and letters to elected
CEO SUMMARY: On January 1, New York State began to tax lab tests performed by free-standing laboratories with an 8.18% surcharge. The New York State Clinical Laboratory Association took its message directly to the public. Laboratories in New York State created enough consumer protest that legislators introduced bills in both chambers to exempt free-standing laboratories