Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published its final rule with comment period revising the Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) for 2018. Labs that provide services to hospital outpatients may want to review the new OPPS rule changes, particularly the revisions to the laboratory date of service (DOS) policy (see CMS excerpt highlighted below).
The financial impact of PAMA to your laboratory depends largely on the type of testing you perform. With the recent publication of the 2018 Medicare CLFS reimbursement rates, it is clear that high-volume clinical laboratory testing is facing substantial downward pricing pressure while much of the advanced molecular diagnostics and genomic testing market reimbursement is neutral to positive. [...]
In the face of PAMA’s substantial cuts to the Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) on January 1, 2018, many hospitals are reassessing the value proposition of their laboratory service offering.
When it comes to gaining coverage for a Laboratory Developed Test (LDT), insurance companies are not the enemy. Payers are willing to cover and reimburse for an LDT that is clinically relevant, improves patient outcomes and hopefully reduces healthcare spend. So, what gets in the way of a laboratory achieving clinical relevance for their new tests?
In the Healthcare industry, mergers and acquisitions (M&A) are everywhere. Even among the revenue cycle vendors who serve the industry, consolidation is the new constant. But what does this mean for you and your healthcare organization?