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UnitedHealthcare pilot to curb lab costs draws protest

from Modern Healthcare

A UnitedHealthcare pilot to control rising clinical laboratory costs in Florida has sparked an uprising among physicians and lab companies who say the program is burdensome and unfairly limits competition. After a delay caused by physician complaints, in mid-April UnitedHealthcare started requiring doctors in its Florida provider network to give prior notice when ordering one of 79 lab tests. The new lab benefit-management program is run by Beacon Laboratory Benefit Solutions, a subsidiary of Laboratory Corporation of America. more

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