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2022 Final Medicare Fee Schedule: See impact to pathology

One year after Congress delayed planned fee schedule cuts due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it appears pathologists and other specialists are now going to experience payment reductions designed to offset boosts for evaluation and management (E/M) services in 2022, according to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) Final Rule released Tuesday.

Laboratory revenue cycle management in a non-post-pandemic world

I heard the phrase “post pandemic” this week and thought to myself, “Are we ever going to be in a post-pandemic state, or has the world changed?” As I have said all along, things seen cannot be unseen. I think we are going to be living in a Covid world going forward. 

Waiting for the magic pill of Covid treatment

I like to look at health care like my old computer. There is a software side and a hardware side. The software to me, is the vaccines, drugs and treatments of a disease. The hardware is the tests and diagnostic tools.

Cigna again moves to end PC clinical pathology payments

After holding off on the move during the summer amid significant pushback from pathology and lab advocates, Cigna appears to again be moving forward with its plan to end reimbursement for the professional component of clinical pathology (PC/CP) beginning Nov. 1, 2021.

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First Provider Relief Fund spending reports due Sept. 30

Health care providers who received distributions from the Health and Human Services Provider Relief Fund between April 1 and June 30, 2020, must submit their first report on use of those funds by Sept. 30, 2021.

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As more labs perform Covid variant testing, will payors reimburse?

“This is not the same Covid as last year and there are treatment implications with each variant,” says Dr. William Budd. “The severity of the strain of Covid can vary. It is medically significant to know if your patient has an aggressive variant vs. a less aggressive variant.

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