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NEW YORK – UnitedHealthcare has issued new fee schedules to a number of Texas pathology groups in recent months, raising concerns that a broader effort to lower payment rates could be coming.

The UHC action follows moves over the past year and a half by insurer Anthem to significantly cut payment rates for many pathology practices across the country and fits within a broader and long-term trend of public and private payors putting downward pressure on lab reimbursement.

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