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Lawmakers query insurers, labs about possible kickback schemes
Modern Healthcare

The two most senior senators with jurisdiction over the healthcare sector wrote insurers and clinical laboratories Tuesday seeking any evidence of kickback schemes between such entities, according to a committee news release. Sens. Max Baucus (D-Mont.) and Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), Finance Committee chairman and ranking member, respectively, wrote three health insurance companies and two clinical laboratory testing companies for information on whether they are involved in the practice of labs providing insurers with discounted pricing in exchange for referrals.

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