CEO SUMMARY: On Nov. 2, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its Physician Fee Schedule for 2019. It says it will expand the number of labs from which it collects data about the lab test prices paid by private health insurers. While some labs may welcome these changes, groups representing clinical laboratories
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CEO SUMMARY: THE DARK REPORT presents the lab industry’s first look at actual price data
CEO SUMMARY: In a new analysis of data its lab clients will use to report market prices to CMS, XIFIN Inc., reports private payers paid independent labs a weighted average price that was 19.6% less than what Medicare pays for 20 of its highest-volume tests. By contrast, private payers paid hospital labs with NPIs a weighted average
CEO SUMMARY: A 22-physician pathology group in Tampa has complied with rules for lab test ordering that UnitedHealthcare and BeaconLBS established, yet has experienced a steep decline in the volume of specimens it receives. Physicians told the pathologists that other labs were not using the BeaconLBS system or were not asking their clients to use
CEO SUMMARY: Since 2011, state officials in California have aggressively cut laboratory testing fees for Medi-Cal, the state’s Medicaid program. Now state officials say they will implement a new methodology next month for determining lab testing fees. The new methodology is based on lab pricing data produced as a result of whistleblower lawsuits against labs that were settled in 2011. Should prices fall below the costs of performing these tests, the Medi-Cal program may see legal challenges from the lab industry.
CEO SUMMARY: It may sound ridiculous to assert that the nation’s largest health insurers are now “waging war” against clinical labs. However, some very smart people in the profession of laboratory medicine are expressing this opinion. To support such a conclusion, they point to payers’ recent drastic price cuts and network contracting strategies. Moreover, these
CEO SUMMARY: Quietly published in the March 25 issue of the Federal Register was a notice that CMS had granted deeming authority for CLIA to the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). This action gives laboratories in the United States a new choice to meet the accreditation requirements of CLIA. Founded in 1978, A2LA is
CEO SUMMARY: Tasked with cutting $2 million from their lab’s annual operating budget, the lab team at Broward Health System instituted changes that included a lab test formulary and ordering algorithms. In collaboration with physicians, these changes reduced the use of outmoded tests while ensuring that the correct test or blood product was ordered for
CEO SUMMARY: In a partnership with Walgreens pharmacies, Theranos Inc. announced that it will run clinical lab tests on “micro-samples” and collect these blood samples without venipuncture. Even as Theranos touts the patient-friendly benefits of its proprietary diagnostic technology, it has provided no information about the science that supports this testing and the clinical validations