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How Northwell’s Lab Team Demonstrated Value Over 10 Years

CEO SUMMARY: Among hospital administrators, the popular wisdom is that their clinical lab is a cost center. This thinking leads them to consider drastic cost-management strategies that include partnering with commercial labs to manage in-hospital lab testing and the outright sale of lab o…

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Nine Lab Groups Say New NCCI Policy Is Inconsistent

CEO SUMMARY: By its name alone, the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Policy Manual implies that it will be accurate and consistent with other coding initiatives. But nine groups representing various clinical laboratories say NCCI guidelines that the federal Centers for Medicare a…

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Biggest Lab Firms Diverge on Hospital Lab Strategies

CEO SUMMARY: Almost half of the nation’s hospitals and health systems are rethinking how to use their clinical labs to support clinical and financial strategies. Options range from outright sale of their lab outreach businesses to lab management agreements or joint ventures with one of …

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Hospital Board Expressed Doubts about Lab Billing

CEO SUMMARY: Pass-through billing arrangements, particularly those involving clinical laboratory tests, have long been recognized by healthcare attorneys as having great potential to violate certain federal and state laws. Despite this fact, board members of a financially-struggling commu…

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ACLA Sues HHS over Market Price Study, Fee Cuts

IT’S A LONG-AWAITED DEVELOPMENT! Today, a federal lawsuit was filed against the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) by the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA). The lab association is asking a federal judge to review specific actions taken by …

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Aetna Sues Hospitals over Alleged Lab-Billing Scheme

CEO SUMMARY: In September, Aetna filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania accusing 14 defendants—including a hospital, a hospital management company, eight lab companies or lab management companies, two physicians, and two individuals—of defrauding Aetna, its client employers, and its members….

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ACLA hits Medicare fee schedule cuts with lawsuit

This is an article from the Dec. 11, 2017 issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers. This article plus a full analysis of 2017 developments in the PAMA process are available at all times to paid members of the Dark Int…

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Lab Scheme Recruits Hospitals To Bill as In-Network Providers

CEO SUMMARY: Management companies using a new generation of potentially fraudulent schemes are targeting hospitals and health systems for arrangements that use questionable means to increase lab test volume and revenue. The management companies often use the term “hospital outpatient de…

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Some Labs Performing ADLTs May See Increased Medicare Fees

MIXED IN THE BAD NEWS concerning the proposed Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule for 2018, there is some good news regarding what the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes to pay for certain advanced diagnostic tests. After analyzing the proposed fee schedule, …

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Lab Associations Comment on CMS Actions, Lab Fees

FOR THE LAB INDUSTRY, THE FEE CUTS proposed in the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule would be even more aggressive than what the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had earlier predicted for Medicare Part B. In the days following the Sept. 22 publication of the pr…

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