• Department of Health Announces Initiative on Overutilization of Lab Services

  • The New York State Department of Health (DOH) has announced an initiative to decrease laboratory costs for adults 18 and older in Medicaid managed care. By focusing on non-evidence-based tests and overutilization, NY state aims to reduce the unnecessary laboratory services identified by the American Society of Clinical Pathology’s Choosing Wisely Campaign.

    A list of these over-utilized tests can be found at https://www.choosingwisely.org/clinician-lists//.

    Providers should review this list and its recommendations regarding certain laboratory services, as providers’ use of laboratory services will be monitored. The DOH expects to see a reduction in overutilization.

    Affinity Health Plan appreciates our providers’ cooperation and attention to this new initiative.