More Hospital Closed Due to Empty Beds as Providers Succeed in Reducing Hospital Admissions: Pathologists Should Respond with Outpatient/Outreach Services

With patient care shifting to outpatient clinics and home-based medical care, clinical laboratory managers should beef up outreach lab testing services Declining patient volume is shuttering hospitals across the United States as hospitals lose patients to ambulatory care centers and home-based medical care. This trend directly impacts the pathologists and medical technologists who work in the clinical laboratories of these hospitals. Empty Beds Indicator of Failing Hospitals Most pathologists...

As Medical Laboratory Test Utilization Grows, Health Insurers Develop Programs to Manage Rising Costs

After seeing a rise in the volume of clinical lab tests physicians order, managed care plans are develop a variety of strategies to manage utilization and costs Health insurers are taking more aggressive actions to control the cost of clinical laboratory testing. For many years, clinical laboratories and pathology groups have been concerned about the strategies used by Medicare to control the utilization and costs of medical laboratory tests. Private health insurers usually follow the actions...

Why Congress Is Considering Deep Cuts to Medical Laboratory Test Fees

Nation’s clinical laboratories may see significant reductions in federal funding for medical laboratory tests in the 2012 federal budget Unprecedented cuts in funding for clinical laboratory services are expected from Congress in coming months. That’s because federal legislators need deep cuts from many sources to cope with the current budget crisis. It is also why some Beltway insiders predict that fees for medical laboratory testing will be substantially reduced. Although many lab industry...

Washington Puts Lab-Test Cost-Cutting on the Table for 2012: Devastating Fee Cuts Plus Other Congressional Proposals and How Your Lab Can Prevent Them

PRESS RELEASE The Dark Report 21806 Briarcliff Dr. Spicewood, Texas 78669 512-264-7103 o 512-264-0969 f FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Rob Martin rbmatin@darkreport.com AUSTIN, Texas  – It’s back! Congress is once again considering reinstituting patient co-insurance for Medicare lab testing. But that’s only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Congress is debating other equally damaging proposals to substantially reduce reimbursement for laboratory testing. The “big-three” threats to...

Washington Puts Lab-Test Cost-Cutting on the Table for 2012: Devastating Fee Cuts Plus Other Congressional Proposals and How Your Lab Can Prevent Them

Washington Puts Lab-Test Cost-Cutting on the Table for 2012: Devastating Fee Cuts Plus Other Congressional Proposals and How Your Lab Can Prevent Them Positioning your lab to provide critical value-added services in the new healthcare environment Everything your lab fears about congressional action to reinstitute patient co-insurance for Medicare lab testing may come true during 2012. And that’s not the worst of it. Even as you read this, Congress is debating other equally damaging...