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Hospitals say CMS payment rule could shut down their labs

from Modern Healthcare

Hospitals say they'll be grossly underpaid if the CMS moves forward with a proposal to base lab payments on what non-hospital labs are paid. That could lead to labs closing and beneficiaries losing access to tests, providers said. Medicare's current lab test fee schedule has been in place since 1984, according to the agency. Under the current system, each lab determines its own payment rates on the basis of average charges for lab tests in its area. more

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