GOP Senators Join House Republicans in Calling for an End to EHR Payments

Unexpected opposition to EHR incentive program should be watched by pathologists and clinical laboratory managers Questions about the value of the federal government’s program to encourage provider adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems were raised by Republican leaders in both houses of Congress just weeks before the election on November 6. Because clinical laboratories and pathology groups have a big stake in interfacing their laboratory information systems to physicians’ EHRs,...

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...

Federal Government Agrees to Open Access to Medicare Data about Individual Doctors

Experts predict employers will use this data to create “report cards” on individual physicians In a big step forward for public access to data about provider outcomes, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will make its enormous Medicare claims database more broadly available to the public. Both the press and the public will be able to search for information about individual physicians. It is likely that information about pathologists will be searchable in this manner....
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