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Significant Developments Are Shaping Lab Market

CEO SUMMARY: With 140 speakers and 1,000+ attendees, this year’s Executive War College again provided a comprehensive picture of the specific forces reshaping the U.S. market for lab testing services. Presented here is a smorgasbord of information and innovation shared by different spea…

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UHC Will Delay Enforcement of Z-codes for Genetic Test Claims

IN THE LATEST BACKPEDAL ON ITS NEW POLICY, UNITEDHEALTHCARE (UHC) appears to have dropped its requirement for genetic testing laboratories to use Z-codes for claims under commercial health plans—for now. Earlie…

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Smaller Labs Must Verify Z-code Arrangement with Lab Companies

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Technical Assessment Challenges for Z-Code Applications

CEO SUMMARY: Effective on Aug. 1, UnitedHealthcare will require Z-code submissions for many genetic tests. During a recent webinar, experts tackled a topic that may prove troublesome for labs seeking Z-codes: technical assessments. Key advice is to provide specific data about clin…

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UnitedHealthcare’s Z-code Policy Starts on Aug. 1

CEO SUMMARY: UnitedHealthcare’s (UHC) response to the ever-growing number of unique genetic tests and the continuing growth in the volume of those claims is a new policy. Effective Aug. 1, UHC will require a Z-code with genetic test claims. This req…

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Stressful Weeks Ahead for Labs Thanks to Z-codes

We are not alone in recognizing that UnitedHealthcare’s…

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Optum and Avalon Discuss Genetic Test Claims Review

CEO SUMMARY: With the ever-increasing number of genetic tests on the market, payers are understandably frustrated with genetic test claims that don’t clearly outline the medical need for a procedure or it…

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Expect More Z-code Requirements for Genetic Tests

GENETIC TESTING COMPANIES ARE STILL REACTING TO LAST MONTH’S NEWS that one of the nation’s largest health insurers—UnitedHealthcare (UHC)—will require Z-codes for molecular test claims submitte…

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UHC’s Z-Code Requirement to Commence on Aug. 1

CEO SUMMARY: In what may be an alarming development for certain clinical laboratories, as of Aug. 1, UnitedHealthcare will require Z-codes for molecular test claims filed under its co…

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Optum to Offer Laboratory Benefits Management to other Health Plans

This is an excerpt of a 1,355-word article in the June 21, 2022 issue of  THE DARK REPORT. The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum announced a new laboratory benefits management program aimed at impr…

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