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Tennessee doctors, patients affected as reimbursements for lab tests to be cut by half

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It is a common drama played out this time of year: A co-worker or spouse contracts the flu. Remaining on the offensive may mean a quick trip to the doctor's office, a flu test and a prescription.

But starting in January, Tennessee doctor's offices may not be able to offer flu tests or other common lab work at the same speed, ease or price as they have been.

The state's largest insurer, BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee, has told doctors that it will cut reimbursements for lab tests by nearly half, covering 52 percent of what Medicare pays for lab tests instead of matching the Medicare reimbursement rate as it currently does.

Read more from our partners at the Times Free Press.

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