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Anatomic Pathology Profession Faces Challenges, Opportunities

CEO SUMMARY: For 10 years, three primary trends have reshaped the anatomic pathology profession. They are declining reimbursement, competition from physicians establishing in-office pathology labs, and a host of new government laws and regulations. More changes are coming, predicts one bu…

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How Labs Should Comply With New Signature Rule

CEO SUMMARY: Across the nation, clinical laboratories and pathology groups are reacting to the new Medicare rule that requires a physician signature on a paper requisition for clinical laboratory tests. Laboratories using paper requisitions will need to add a signature line, then…

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Pathologists Not Enrolled In PECOS By July 6 Risk Denial of Medicare Claims

JULY 6, 2010, IS THE NEW DEADLINE for pathologists to enroll in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) or risk being denied payment for Medicare claims. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a statement that it will not p…

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Independent Labs Won’t Get Medicare PQRI Bonuses

CEO SUMMARY: Medicare does not intend to make bonus payments this year to independent labs currently reporting quality information for breast and colon cancer cases. The federal claims payment system is unable to pay independent labs for participating in the federal physician quality repo…

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NPI Rules Slow Payments to Pathology Groups, Labs

CEO SUMMARY: New rules requiring use of National Provider Identification (NPI) numbers took effect on May 23. Since then, Medicare carriers and payers nationwide have rejected claims from pathologists and other providers that do not comply with the new NPI rules. A missing NPI on just one…

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PSA, MED3000 Merger Creates Opportunities

CEO SUMMARY: Pathology Service Associates, LLC, has found a merger partner that will allow it to offer more products to its pathology clients and to expand into new service areas. By merging with MED3000 of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, PSA also gains access to enhanced informatics capabiliti…

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Unprecedented Activity Across Lab Medicine

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory medicine is now considered one of the best opportunities to profit as the demand for healthcare services skyrockets, both in the United States and throughout the world. This is why a flood of investment capital is washing into the laboratory industry. Loaded with c…

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August 14, 2006 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Here’s some useful information for pathologists and practice administrators trying to gauge the interest that urologists, gastroenterologists, and dermatologists have in capturing the anatomic pathology revenues generated by their patient referrals (the TC/PC trend). Pathology Service Assoc…

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“November 22, 2004 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Community-based pathologists get a featured role on the Learning Channel’s Inside Health program. It will be aired Sunday, November 28 at 8:30 am EST. The Learning Channel used pathologists affiliated with Pathology Service Associates (PSA) to help create …

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AP Test Over-Utilization Will Be One Achilles’ Heel

CEO SUMMARY: Over-utilization is likely to be a prime concern when federal healthcare enforcers eventually investigate in-house anatomic pathology laboratories owned by specialist physicians. Some in-house pathology lab condo promoters are basing financial performance on 100% utilization …

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