Nation’s Smaller Community Medical Laboratories Have Major Concerns about Financial Survival Once Medicare Officials Implement Deep Price Cuts to Lab Test Fees in 2018

In vitro diagnostic manufacturers and medical distributors share concerns, along with other types of medical labs in nation’s small cities and hinterlands that include rural hospital labs and physician office labs (POLs) because, along with financial erosion, there is the potential of reduced access by Medicare beneficiaries to clinical lab tests where they live SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS—Owners and managers of community and regional independent lab companies and community laboratories gathered here...

Changing Reimbursement for Clinical Pathology Laboratory Testing and Direct-to-Consumer Testing Discussed at California Clinical Laboratory Association Conference in San Diego

The end of fee-for-service payments has huge implications for U.S. medical laboratories and anatomic pathology practices SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA—In the American healthcare system today, the era of fee-for-service medicine will soon end. This development has huge implications for every clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology practice in the United States because fee-for-service is their primary source of revenue. This week at the 2013 Annual Conference of the California Clinical Laboratory...

Feds to Destroy Bid Documents for Medicare’s Clinical Laboratory Competitive Bidding Demonstration Project in San Diego

Following an agreement by federal attorneys to destroy the lab bidder’s documents, a federal judge dismisses the case Last month in a San Diego courtroom, federal attorneys agreed to destroy the clinical pathology laboratory bid documents that had been submitted as part of the poorly-conceived Medicare Part B Laboratory Competitive Bidding Demonstration Project that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) attempted to implement in 2008. An agreement to destroy the bid documents was...
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