Government Wants Seniors with Medigap Policies to Pay More Out-of-Pocket, but Health Insurance Association Gives ‘Thumbs Down’ to the Idea

Raising the out-of-pocket costs for Medicare beneficiaries with Medigap  policies not likely to be favorable for medical laboratories If federal officials have their way, Medicare beneficiaries with comprehensive Medigap polices are likely to pay a greater share of the cost of their medical care. The goal is to reduce use of unnecessary medical services and save Medicare money. For clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups, this may not be a welcome development. That’s because any...

HHS and CMS Team Up to Propose New Rule to Give Patients Direct Access to their Clinical Pathology Laboratory Test Results

Draft language of new rule would change existing requirements on access to medical laboratory test results as defined in CLIA and HIPAA laws Big changes lie ahead in how clinical laboratories and pathology groups must give patients access to their medical laboratory test results. Last week, federal agencies published a draft rule that specifies how patients or their authorized representatives are to be given direct access to their medical laboratory test results. This draft rule was made...

65-Year Old Baby Boomers Ready to Fight for Right to Opt Out of Medicare

Recent federal court case and a columnist in the Weekly Standard illustrate how Boomers are ready to challenge existing Medicare laws they don’t like Will the oldest Baby Boomers, now turning 65 years old this year, accept enrollment in the Medicare program or will they challenge it—as they have challenged many other institutions in American society over their lifetimes? News outlets are already reporting instances of Baby Boomers fighting to keep their existing private health insurance, for...
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