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    ePolicy News July 2013

    July 01, 2013
    Medicare Laboratory Fees Under Microscope … Again
    The Office of the Inspector General (OIG) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released a report claiming Medicare overpays for clinical laboratory services by 18 to 30 percent. The report, Comparing Lab Test Payment Rates: Medicare Could Achieve Substantial Savings, compares Medicare payment for clinical laboratory services to Medicaid and three Federal Employee Health Plans. To address these supposed “overpayments,” the report recommends cutting the clinical laboratory fee schedule (CLFS), imposing co-pays and deductibles on the CLFS, and instituting competitive bidding of clinical laboratory services. Read more
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