FOCUS ON

Industry Buzz: ACA Constitutionality Is Back in Play

After a series of court setbacks, Republicans challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, aka, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are back at it. And this time they may win. Beating a Dead Horse? The … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Health Insurance Market: Two Recent Changes & Their Impact on Labs

Amid all the talk of sweeping reform of the health insurance marketplace, the smaller, interim changes get overlooked despite their direct impact on labs and other providers. Two such changes took … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Medicare Reimbursement: How CMS Price Transparency Proposal Could Hurt Labs & Patient Relations

Last April, CMS issued a proposed rule to make Medicare rates more transparent. While designed to "empower patients and reduce administrative burden," the proposed changes would literally come at a … [Read more...]

PAMA

PAMA Unlocks Golden Age for Innovative Diagnostics

By Chance Scott  bio The publication of the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) in January saw a long and heated debate within the lab community come to fruition. When Congress … [Read more...]

MACRA REQUIREMENT

How to Adjust to the April 2018 Medicare Beneficiary Cards

By Sean McSweeney  bio In a press release on May 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) commented regarding their fraud prevention initiative program and their … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

ACA: DOJ Won’t Defend Individual Mandate in Court—But 16+ States Will

One of the DOJ's principal roles is to defend the federal laws in court cases challenging their constitutionality. But the agency has made it known that it will not be doing that in a lawsuit brought … [Read more...]

INSURERS & PAYORS

Test Ordering & Utilization: Labs Stand to Benefit from Industry Efforts to Minimize Prior Authorization Red Tape

Although not specifically directed at labs, a new collaboration between the American Medical Association and insurance giant Anthem may offer solutions to a perennial thorn in the side of labs: payor … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

Value Care: CMS Value Modifier Programs Ends Not with a Bang but a Whimper

Thanks for nothing. While CMS likes to congratulate itself for using provider pay adjustments to "transform the healthcare delivery system," more often than not, the rhetoric fails to live … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Medicare Reimbursement: Federal Government Funding Extension Includes a Boatload of Medicare Changes

The government shutdown fiasco is having an impact on Medicare spending and reimbursement. But the crucial details are being buried in the legislative paperwork. So we decided to ferret them out for … [Read more...]

ACA INSTABILITY

Laboratory Industry Faces Uncertain Regulatory Policy

While PAMA captured headlines at G2's 35th annual Lab Institute conference (Washington D.C.; Oct. 25-27), speakers presented how other regulatory efforts, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), … [Read more...]


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