Modern Healthcare published an interesting article a few days ago about the Laboratory Benefit Management Program (LBMP) pilot in Florida created by UnitedHealthcare (UHC) and LabCorp subsidiary BeaconLBS that quotes a spokesperson for the Florida Medical Association as saying there is “absolute, complete dissatisfaction” with the program.
I am currently out of town and cannot write very much about the Modern Healthcare article, but here are some of the take-home points:
- The LBMP affects about 430,000 patients in Florida.
- UHC says lab costs for its members have increased 10% a year.
- UHC is also concerned about “wide variations in testing quality among labs”.
- UHC will decide in the next few months whether the LBMP pilot will be expanded to additional states.
- A spokesman for the Florida Medical Association says there is “absolute, complete dissatisfaction with this program.”
- The Florida Medical Association has drafted legislation to block other insurers from instituting similar programs.
- The BeaconLBS system does not work with many EHRs.
- Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Michael Wasylik says computer entry on the BeaconLBS system required “like 22 clicks”, required him to sign out of his EMR, and simply takes too long. Just talking about it “makes [him] want to puke.”
- The operations manager for Reliance Pathology Partners in Tampa Florida says it is an attempt to “force everyone to send [testing] to LabCorp”.
- The American College of Rheumatology has also communicated its displeasure with the program to UHC.
- Robert Michel of The Dark Report says the LBMP shuts out about half of the laboratories to which UHC’s physicians used to send specimens.
- BeaconLBS did not respond to requests for comment.
The link to the Modern Healthcare article is here.
The link to my previous posts on the BeaconLBS/UHC program is here.