Tag: medical lab testing

Test price data shows major difference between Medicare lab fee schedule and private payers

This is an excerpt from a 1,500-word article in the November 7 issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers, and available at all times to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group.
CEO SUMMARY: THE DARK REPORT presents the lab industry’s first look at actual price data

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Medi-Cal to Cut Lab Pay on July 1 by 25% to 30%

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.

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Could Health Insurers Be at War with Clinical Labs?

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

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Theranos Won’t Discuss Disruptive Lab Technology

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

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Anatomic Path Insourcing Expected to Be Ongoing

CEO SUMMARY: Insourcing of anatomic pathology services by office-based physicians has been especially prevalent and is increasing among three specialties (gastroenterology, urology, and dermatology), according to a survey conducted last month. Survey respondents also indicated that the trend toward increased insourcing is so strong that it could spread to other specialty groups such as ob-gyns

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