Clinical Laboratories and Pathologists Dodge a Bullet as CMS Publishes Proposed Repeal Rule Dealing with Physician Signature Requirement on Paper Requisitions for Lab Tests

Proposed repeal rule was published in yesterday’s Federal Register Yesterday, pathologists and clinical laboratory managers got an early Fourth of July present. That’s because the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published the proposed rule that repeals the requirement that paper requisitions for medical laboratory tests must have the physician’s signature. This rule had been mandated by the 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Rule that was to take effect on January 1,...

It’s True! Health Insurers Tell Congress They Cancel Policies of Sick Patients

Rescinding health policies of 20,000 people in past five years saved health insurers $300 million For years, Americans have heard news stories about the sick patient whose health insurance policy was rescinded in the midst of a health crisis. Now comes public acknowledgement—at a Congressional hearing no less—that this business practice exists! Executives from three of the nation’s largest health insurers admitted to this practice when testifying at a Congressional investigation recently....
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