Growth of Medicare and Private Payer ACOs Shows Acceptance of New Care Model

Pathologists and clinical laboratory administrators have an opportunity to add value to physicians who are transitioning to new ACO model It is good news for advocates of accountable care organizations (ACOs). Since the beginning of 2012, an ever-growing number of provider organizations have signed up to participate in Medicare ACO contracts. This steady increase in the number of hospitals and health systems participating in Medicare and private payer ACOs will have at one interesting...

Good News for Clinical Pathology Laboratories: Medicare Officials Intend to Rescind Rule Requiring Physician Signatures on Paper Lab Reqs

CMS says it will take steps to rescind the final rule before its scheduled implementation on April 1, 2011 Clinical laboratories and pathology groups will welcome the news that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will take steps to rescind the final rule that requires the physician’s signature be on all paper requisitions for medical laboratory tests ordered on behalf of Medicare patients. It means that implementation of the rule—now scheduled to become effective on...

CMS to Pay Bonuses to Medicare Advantage Plans Based on Quality of Outcomes

Still No Medicare Quality Measures for Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Transparency in provider outcomes is moving one step forward and this time it’s a new bonus plan for Medicare Advantage plans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) believes the enhancement will encourage lower performing plans to improve their quality of care. Quality Measures Should Interest Medical Laboratory Managers Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will be interested to learn...