Up to 50% of Aetna, UnitedHealth Group, and Anthem Reimbursements Go to Value-Based Contracts; Clinical Laboratories Must Implement Value-Based Strategies to Remain Competitive

Aetna expects 75% to 80% of its medical spending will be value-based by 2020 Many pathologists and medical laboratory executives may be surprised to learn how quickly private health insurers are moving away from fee-for-service payment arrangements. According to Forbes, the nation’s largest health insurance companies now associate nearly 50% of reimbursements they make to value-based insurance initiatives. This is a sign that value-based managed care contracting continues to gain momentum. And...

Quest Diagnostics Leaves the Direct Access Testing Market

By Sylvia Christensen, Managing Editor Dark Daily No laboratory company has pursued the opportunities in direct access testing (DAT) more diligently than Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. Beginning in early 2001, Quest Diagnostics opened six retail locations in strip shopping malls throughout five Midwestern states to support its QuesTest direct access testing initiative. The QuesTest program-and these retail DAT outlets-were highly chronicled as the beginning of a new era in healthcare! Without...