In Fixing Physician Medicare Pay, Congress Enacts Yet Another Cut in Clinical Laboratory Test Fee Schedule

A part of this legislation, the grandfather clause on Technical Component (TC) anatomic pathology services was extended through June 1, 2012. Last Friday, clinical laboratories got bad news about new cuts to the Medicare Part B medical laboratory test fee schedule. Congress voted on a temporary funding fix to keep Medicare physician fees at current levels for 10 more months and a reduction in lab test fees was one source of the money that Congress used to fund this bill. Pathologists and...

American Pathology Partners Announces Acquisition of Laboratory Assets of Palm Beach Pathology

This is APP’s third acquisition of an anatomic pathology laboratory since 2008 Earlier today, it was announced that American Pathology Partners had acquired the anatomic pathology laboratory assets of Palm Beach Pathology, the private pathology practice located in West Palm Beach, Florida. No purchase price was disclosed. Consistent with its business model, American Pathology Partners (APP) purchased the pathology laboratory owned and operated by Palm Beach Pathology, along with its staff and...

Bill to Extend Technical Component Labs Lands on President’s Desk

It’s a big sigh of relief for the 850 or more hospitals and laboratories which would have been affected had Congress not extended the ability of independent clinical laboratories to bill Medicare directly for the technical component (TC) of surgical pathology services provided to hospital patients past the scheduled expiration date of December 31, 2006. ACLA (the American Clinical Laboratory Association) sent early word this weekend that both the House of Representatives and the Senate...
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