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Lab Directors Develop Plans for Return of Routine Hospital Care

CLINICAL LABORATORY DIRECTORS IN MICHIGAN are developing plans to test patients who will return when hospitals reopen for routine care. Included in those plans are strategies to do testing for the novel coronavirus on patients who will return for everyday care and elective procedures, said Bart…

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March, April Patient Visits Drop at Virginia Physician Group and Lab

DURING THE CARONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, gastroenterology and other physician groups with in-house medical laboratories—like most medical practices and clinical laboratories in the United States—have seen a sharp drop in patient visits and specimen volume. That drop occurred at the same time ga…

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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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