CEO SUMMARY: CMS issued its final rule for implementing the laboratory payment reform included in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) on June 17. All labs will see significant reductions to the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule that becomes effective on Jan. 1, 2018. That same section of PAMA requires
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HOW MANY OF YOU SAW THE NEWS STORY PUBLISHED LAST MONTH by The Wall Street Journal with the headline, “Is Lab Testing the ‘Wild West’ of Medicine?” It is the latest in a series of news stories about issues and questions involving the accuracy and quality of clinical laboratory tests delivered to patients daily here
CEO SUMMARY: During 2015, two stories captured the full attention of most pathologists and clinical lab managers. One was how CMS intends to gather lab price market data as mandated by PAMA. The other was the continued efforts by the FDA to move ahead on proposed guidance for regulation of LDTs. However, the full list
CEO SUMMARY: Over the next 24 months, it will be essential for every clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology group to develop clinical and financial strategies that meet the changing needs of health insurers, hospitals and health systems, physicians, and patients. THE DARK REPORT provides its assessment of key macro trends for 2016, along with comments
CEO SUMMARY: Court documents filed last month in the federal qui tam case against Health Diagnostic Laboratory, Singulex, Berkeley Heart Lab, BlueWave Healthcare Consultants, and several lab executives allege that the defendants used illegal inducements and kickbacks to file false claims and generate payments of $500 million from Medicare and Tricare. This money was paid in just 60 months, from 2010 through 2014. Add up payments to the defendants from private insurers-two of whom are suing HDL-and the total could be as much as $1.2 billion.
Every lab organization should aspire to achieve the attributes of Level Four: Use Benchmarks to Achieve Best-in-Class because this is the level of performance where the lab is delivering optimal clinical value at highest quality and lowest cost. This is an effort in which the business skills of laboratory management come to the fore.
CEO SUMMARY : This fourth installment of this special series about the laboratory value pyramid introduces “Level Four: Use Benchmarks to Achieve Best-in-Class.” This is the highest level of the four level pyramid. When a lab organization performs at this level, it will be delivering substantial measurable value to all stakeholders and it will have the metrics to substantiate this value. At the same time, the performance of a level four lab can be validated by its use of recognized third-party benchmarks that show it is performing equal to the best labs in the United States and across the globe. It will also have customer survey data showing it meets and exceeds its customers’ expectations.
CEO SUMMARY: With the American healthcare system undergoing a major transformation, it is essential that all clinical laboratories and pathology groups recognize this transformation and effect the right strategies to meet the needs of physicians, patients, and payers. A group of lab collaborators proposes a four-level laboratory value pyramid as an effective roadmap to guide
CEO SUMMARY: At a recent coding and billing conference, pathology and lab clients of one of the nation’s largest revenue management companies agreed that three trends have caused lower revenues since the start of 2014. One trend seen by labs involves higher deductibles and copayments from patients. Another is the exclusion of local labs from
CEO SUMMARY: Many independent laboratories serving patients in Florida are unhappy about the decision by UnitedHealth (UNH) to initiate a pilot program that calls for LabCorp’s BeaconLBS subsidiary to handle prior authorization for certain lab tests. UNH’s laboratory benefit management program will commence on October 1, 2014. Just 13 laboratories are currently listed as network