BY NOW, NEARLY EVERY LAB MANAGER knows that Medicare lab test fee cuts will commence in just 13 months, on Jan. 1, 2018. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services estimates that the final rule for PAMA private payer market price reporting will produce cuts of $5.4 billion over 10 years. (See TDRs, November
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WHEN A CLINICAL LAB WAIVES patients’ fees in exchange for lab test referrals, competing labs face a legal dilemma.
If the competing lab does not match the offer, it could lose volume to this aggressive sales technique. But if the lab does match the offer, it could run afoul of health plan requirements not to waive
CEO SUMMARY: Healthcare’s transformation is now far enough along that most clinical labs and pathology groups are either feeling the financial pain or are excitedly developing ways to deliver more value from lab testing services. On April 26-27, at the 21st annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management, expert speakers will address how
CEO SUMMARY: Physicians in Florida and their state medical associations continue to battle UnitedHealth over its laboratory benefit management program that uses the lab test ordering system by BeaconLBS, a business unit of LabCorp. The latest round in this fight is language in a Florida Senate bill that would prohibit the use of a “clinical
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: Soon, the nation’s newest laboratory benefit management company will begin working for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Avalon Healthcare Solutions committed to BCBSSC that it can save money off what the health plan has been spending on clinical lab testing. It will do so with algorithms supported by evidence-based medicine, good
CEO SUMMARY: Seeing the changes overtaking pathology practices, Brazos Valley Pathology decided to sell two of its group practices to Aurora Diagnostics. Last month’s transaction was not designed to fix financial problems nor was it because of retiring pathologists. Rather, it was done proactively to ensure that BVP’s 11 pathologists had access to the resources of a larger pathology organization so that they could expand or add technology as needed in the future, while practicing independently.
FOR MORE THAN 20 YEARS, THE CLINICAL LAB INDUSTRY been marked by a fundamental schism. On one side of the schism are the public lab companies that have aggressively used deeply-discounted loss-leader pricing practices when negotiating managed care contracts to capture market share.
CEO SUMMARY: Since Anthem launched its site of service program in New Hampshire in 2010, labs in the state’s hospitals have mostly been excluded from its network and have lost market share. Recently one community hospital developed an unusual strategy to win back those patients. Last year, Frisbie Memorial Hospital in Rochester, opened a stand-alone independent lab company that became a provider in the Anthem network. To date, the independent lab has been gaining patients steadily, hospital officials say.
CEO SUMMARY: Will 2015 turn out to be a watershed year for the clinical laboratory industry? With healthcare cost solutions continuing to squeeze laboratory profits, two federal agencies are pushing forward with initiatives that will touch nearly every medical lab in the United States in the next 12 months. Other equally powerful trends continue to negatively influence the prices labs are paid for their testing services. All these factors make it essential for lab administrators and pathologist business leaders to work proactively to maintain their lab’s financial stability.