Independent Clinical Laboratories in Maryland May Need to Step-up Outreach with Hospitals as New CMS Program Launches Jan. 1

Clinical laboratory leaders will want to pay close attention to a significant development in Maryland. The state’s All-Payer Medicare program—the nation’s only all-payer hospital rate regulation system—is broadening in scope to include outpatient services starting Jan. 1. The expanded program could impact independent medical laboratories, according to the Maryland Hospital Association (MHA), which told Dark Daily that those labs may see hospitals reaching out to them. The Centers for Medicare...

Hospitals on Buying Spree Snap Up Physician Practices

Doctors Opt For More Resources, Fewer Administrative Burdens Over Independence There’s an interesting trend which has significant implications for pathologists and the clinical laboratory testing industry over the long term. For a variety of reasons, growing numbers of physicians are selling their medical practices to hospitals and health systems. This is creating a noticeable reduction in the number of private practices in the United States. As commercial laboratory executives know, when a...

Medicare Pays Small and Mid-Size Practices to Participate in EHR Study

Reluctance of small and mid-sized physician practices to invest in electronic medical record (EMR) systems has been oft noted by Dark Daily. Now, Medicare is hoping to motivate these physician groups to adopt electronic health records (EHRs) with a new incentive program. In an effort to jump-start physician adoption of EHR systems, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid launched a five-year demonstration that offers small and mid-size physicians offices the opportunity to earn bonuses and...
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