Tag: Medicare Administrative Contractor

Medicare Demands Force PGx Lab into Bankruptcy

CEO SUMMARY: It’s becoming a familiar story. In Houston, a pharmacogenomics lab company started strong in 2011, then payments dropped sharply when Medicare issued restrictive new guidelines for PGx testing. Next, the Medicare administrative contractor handling the claims of CompanionDx Reference Lab canceled the lab’s registry and stopped paying most Medicare claims. In the wake

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Another Pharmacogenomic Lab Hit With Audit, Multi-million Dollar Repayment Demand

CEO SUMMARY: In 2014, during a ZPIC audit of an unnamed pharmacogenomic testing lab, a federal auditor reviewed a small number of claims that had been filed over a period of several years. Despite supporting letters from physicians, the auditor rejected those claims, then extrapolated the findings to declare payments for thousands of tests over

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$26 Million Recoupment from Medicare Audit Hammers Pharmacogenomic Lab

CEO SUMMARY: After Pharmacogenetics Diagnostic Laboratory LLC was audited by a Medicare Zone Program Integrity Contractor (ZPIC), it faced a $26 million repayment demand. The lab company appealed and asked for a redetermination, then filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. These developments should be a concern to all labs offering pharmacogenomic testing to Medicare patients.

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Genetic Testing Lab Finds Payers Respond To Education on Test Utility

CEO SUMMARY: In recent years, insurers have raised the bar and become much tougher when making coverage and reimbursement decisions for molecular assays, genomic, and genetic tests. Yet several lab testing companies are having good success at demonstrating the validity and clinical utility of their assays. Among them is Foundation Medicine, of Cambridge, Mass. In

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Payers Using Two Approaches To Price Molecular, Genetic Tests

PRIVATE PAYERS AND MEDICARE contractors are taking divergent approaches to establishing coverage policies and setting prices for molecular and genetic tests. That’s what Kuo Bianchini Tong, MS, CEO of Quorum Consulting Inc., sees happening.

“One approach seeks to recognize the clinical utility and value of these tests with nuanced, more discreet coding and pricing,” he observed.

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Payers Using Two Approaches To Price Molecular and Genetic Tests

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY: This analysis, unique to THE DARK REPORT, contrasts the decision of Palmetto GBA to distinguish between “hotspot” tumor panels (meaning those targeting 5 to 50 genes and 51 or more genes) versus “sequencing” tumor panels in coding and pricing NGS test panels, with simpler approaches used by other health insurers. Understanding these differences

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