SAFETY

Diagnostic danger in the lab: Time to reform how we process orders

By Oleg Bess, M.D.  bio I don't know about you, but I was stunned by the findings from a recent report published by Coverys, a national liability insurer, which I feel should put the entire … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

Emerging Tests: Medicare to Cover Next Gen-Sequencing Tests for Advanced Cancer

In the PAMA era, there are two salient trends in Medicare Part B lab reimbursements: Sharply lower prices for traditional tests; and Wider coverage of newly emerging tests, including some that … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

Out of Network: 6 Frequently Asked Questions

By Richa Singh  bio As labs face an increasingly challenging reimbursement environment, more providers are doubling down on out-of-network strategies to maximize on collections … [Read more...]

DRUG TESTING

Part B Reimbursement: OIG Flags $66.3 Million in Improper Urine Specimen Validity Test Payments

These are tense times for providers of urine drug tests for Medicare and Medicaid patients. And on Feb. 20, the hot seat got even hotter with the issuance of a new OIG report saying CMS made $66.3 … [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

Medicare Reimbursement: CMS Launches New LVA Process for Settling Payment Appeals

While Part B lab reimbursements may be going down, the good news is that it just became easier to challenge Medicare payment denials. Here is an overview of the new CMS Low Volume Appeals settlement … [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...]

REIMBURSEMENT

Medicare Reimbursement: CMS Finalizes Controversial PAMA Fee Schedule

It's official. CMS is going forward with its controversial 2018 PAMA Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS). Regrettably, the final version closely tracks the preliminary one (See GCA, Oct. 24, 2017, … [Read more...]

PAMA

CMS Ignores Flawed Processes, Finalizes 2018 PAMA Pricing; Labs Need to Take Immediate Action to Offset Impending Lean Times

By Kyle Fetter  bio The final 2018 clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS) is out, and it is evident that the argument that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) PAMA … [Read more...]


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