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Medicare lab billing

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

HCFA delays until Jan. 1, 2001 its requirement that independent laboratories bill hospitals, rather than HCFA, for the technical component of outpatient pathology services. Originally intended to take effect Aug. 1, the requirement forces labs to bill multiple payers for one service. Delay follows lobbying effort by the American Hospital Association, the College of American Pathologists, and the National Rural Health Association, who informed the agency in a June 29 letter that "too many adjustments are being required of hospital billing and computer systems at this time to allow them to absorb this additional change"

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