Top 5 Industry News Topics of 2019

2019 saw many policy changes and newsworthy events that affected labs and medical billers. Here is a recap of our most-viewed industry news articles of 2019:1. New Codes Effective July 1, 2019 – Proprietary Laboratory Analysis (PLAs)The following new codes may need to be manually added to the HCPCS file by the MACs with an effective date of July 1, 2019. These new codes are also contractor-priced...

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Proving Your Lab’s Value and Embracing Lab 2.0

Lab 2.0 is a growing ideology in the laboratory industry that can best be defined as an effort to use diagnostics to help improve quality and outcomes while reducing cost. This means breaking away from laboratory norms and focusing more on innovation.The Lab 2.0 initiative is proving that with the proper use of diagnostics data, labs can not only change the healthcare cost curve, but they can...

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Hottest Blog Topics of 2019

In 2019 we discussed many thought-provoking topics and trends regarding laboratories, medical billing, revenue cycle management, and much more. Here is a short recap of the top 5 most-influential blog posts:1. Hidden Landmines in Revenue Cycle Management: Industry Challenges, Patient Engagement, and Denial TrendsMany trends in payor behaviors and reimbursement go unnoticed due to outdated RCM...

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Critical Elements for an Accurate Total Cost of Billing

A miscalculation of the total cost of billing in a laboratory can lead to a weak bottom line and inferior laboratory accounts receivable performance. Often-missed line items, such as software maintenance, cost of reporting, business intelligence add-ons, and hardware costs, can result in a cost that's closer to four times greater than what was predicted.For example, a laboratory that fails to...

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Is Your Lab Ready for an AI Digital Pathology Workflow?

Efficiency remains a vital healthcare goal, and in the field of pathology, the future will be digital.  While cost has been a roadblock for some labs looking to digitize, recent metrics are beginning to reveal the benefits: Error reduction and consistent outcomes, faster turnaround times, slide sharing, and storage benefits are just a few of the advantages. The advancement of integrated...

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Congress Passes LAB Act; PAMA Reporting Delayed by One Year

On December 19th, after multiple years of uproar from ACLA and other stakeholders on behalf of seniors who rely on lab tests, Congress has officially passed the Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries Act, also known as the LAB Act. This bill, which is expected to be signed by the president into law soon, will delay the reporting of lab payment data required by PAMA (Protecting Access to Medicare Act...

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Is Your Lab Embracing the ‘Consumerism in Healthcare’ Era? It Should.

Enjoy the following content from our partner, FrontRunnerHC. The concept of consumerism in healthcare has evolved over the years, and whether we are in support of it or not, we must trust that the industry landscape has a new driver: the patient. The patient is taking charge of their healthcare more than ever. As consumers, they are proactively researching the different service options available...

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Upsurge of Medical Necessity Denials Fueled by ICD-10

One perhaps unexpected impact of the adoption of ICD-10 codes in 2015 was the dramatic increase in medical necessity denials of clinical laboratory tests. In an interview for The Dark Report (November 25, 2019 edition), Kyle Fetter, XIFIN Executive Vice President and General Manager, stated the increased data provided by additional diagnosis codes has led to health insurers requesting...

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