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In this issue, we highlight “Laboratory 2.0” that intends to show the future for pathology. Next we note the major impact on hospital and independent labs from the upcoming lab cost reporting. Followed by 2017 items on proposed Medicare cuts and MIPS options. Then updates on telemedicine, Medicare Advantage, the healthcare exchanges and population health management. Enjoy!

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Laboratory 2.0

As the healthcare industry evolves toward “pay for value” vs. todays “pay for volume”, some pathology and laboratory leaders are looking for a larger role in this new world. Some have called it Laboratory 2.0. We highlight the challenges and the opportunity.

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Pathology and MIPS in 2017

Almost all pathologists will need to participate in MIPS in 2017 or face a penalty in 2019. The 2 new “partial” options from CMS may make that easier for 2017, but they don’t change the basic direction. Preparing now is the prudent course.

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