Bundled Payments for Joint Replacements Cuts Costs for Medicare; Hospitals Held Accountable for Quality of Care

Clinical laboratories must stay informed about the success of bundled-payment initiatives because they will need to negotiate a share of these payments where medical laboratory testing is involved Research published this year concluded that bundled payments for joint replacement services performed on Medicare patients reduce Medicare’s costs without negatively affecting patient outcomes. Because these types of surgeries do not generally utilize many lab tests, the question is still out as to...

Medicare Moves Forward with Bundled Payment Reimbursement as Part of a Trend That Has Major Ramifications for Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers can expect that CMS will accelerate the shift from fee-for-service reimbursements to bundled payment models It is still not widely recognized among clinical laboratory managers and pathologists that Medicare program officials are serious about moving forward to replace fee-for-service provider payment with value-based payment methods. In fact, many medical lab professionals may not have heard the news from earlier this year that one-third of...
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