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Medicare Clinical Laboratory Price Cuts and Cost-cutting Predicted to be 2018 ’s Two Biggest Trends for Medical Laboratories in the United States
To offset the loss of revenue from the price cuts to Medicare Part B clinical laboratory tests, labs will need to aggressively—but wisely—slash costs to balance their budgets Any day now, Medicare officials will announce the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) for 2018. Both the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 20, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections dark daily home page darkdaily.com Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations News Source Type: news

Owlstone Medical and UK ’s NHS Study Whether Breath Contains Useful Biomarkers That Could Be Used in Medical Laboratory Tests for Multiple Cancers
Owlstone Medical’s breath biopsy platform takes aim at breath biomarkers for an earlier diagnosis of cancer; could it supplant tissue biopsies sent to pathology labs? For many years, medical laboratory scientists and pathologists have known that human breath contains molecules and substances that have the potential to be used as biomarkers for detecting different diseases […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 18, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Testing Uncategorized Addenbrooke’s Hospital Aviva Ventures Billy Boyle Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust Cancer Research UK Cambridge Centre cl Source Type: news

Medical Laboratories Could Be Threatening the Survival of Horseshoe Crabs
Horseshoe crabs have been utilized by the biomedical industry to save millions of lives around the globe for years. But now researchers fear the practice of bleeding them may be threatening their survival Many medical laboratory scientists are aware that horseshoe crabs are harvested to get their blue blood and the limulus amebocyte lysate, or […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 15, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Source Type: news

Reference Pricing and Price Shopping Hold Potential Peril for Both Clinical Laboratories and Consumers
While multiple studies show reference pricing is an effective approach to reduce the cost of testing and procedures, medical laboratories and consumers alike must continue to focus on quality to ensure positive outcomes The Dark Report in its September 2016 issue highlighted how reference pricing is positioned to become one of the biggest contributors to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 13, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing CalPERS Castlight Health Change Healthcare Corporation clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news

UK Physician Develops Unique Collection System for Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Designed to Improve Quality of Urine Specimens
National Health Service estimates 73% of 65-million urine specimens collected annually in the UK are contaminated Wanting to know why so many female patients that present with urinary tract infections (UTIs) require repeat appointments, Dr. Vincent Forte, a family GP and forensic physician who worked for the National Health Service (NHS) for 26 years, began […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 11, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing 4DMedical Solutions clinical laboratory Daily Telegraph Dark Daily dark intelligence gr Source Type: news

Generation Z Will Soon be Looking for Employment Opportunities in Clinical Laboratories and Anatomic Pathology Groups
Gen Z values differ from previous generations’ values and medical laboratory managers should know in advance how members of this generation are likely to view their new workplaces Medical laboratories managers and pathology group stakeholders have long been concerned about the looming retirement of Baby Boomers working in America’s clinical laboratories. With more and more […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 8, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology birthrate centennials clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Generation Y Source Type: news

Hospitals, Pathology Groups, Clinical Labs Struggling to Collect Payments from Patients with High-Deductible Health Plans
Challenges getting paid likely to continue as high deductibles make patients responsible for paying much more of their healthcare bills Rising out-of-pocket costs for healthcare consumers is translating into increasing amounts of red ink for hospitals and healthcare providers struggling to collect bills from patients with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). Clinical laboratories and pathology groups […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 6, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations ACA Affordable Care Act April York Bloomberg Business Childress Medical Center Claro Group Source Type: news

Healthcare Consumers Opting for Lowest Cost Plans on Obamacare Exchanges, Putting Additional Pressures on Marketplace Insurers
Price transparency trend is altering decision-making in many aspects of healthcare and providing lesson for medical laboratory executives Medical laboratory executives are well aware that price transparency is an increasingly powerful trend in healthcare. Now, as consumers increasingly opt for lower-cost options when making healthcare decisions, the 2010 Affordable Care Act (ACA) provides a notable […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 1, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement ACA aetna Affordable Care Act AHA American Healthcare Act Anthem CBO clinical laboratory CN Source Type: news

Kaiser Permanente Announces that Virtual Visits with Providers Have Surpassed Face-to-Face Appointments at Meeting of Nashville Health Care Council Members
Should this milestone be an indicator that more patients are willing to use telehealth to interact with providers, then clinical laboratories and pathology groups will need to respond with new ways to collect specimens and report results Telehealth is gaining momentum at Kaiser Permanente (KP). Public statements by Kaiser administrators indicate that the number of […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 30, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Advisory B Source Type: news

Startup Oscar Health Finds Big Partners in Ohio ’s Cleveland Clinic and Nashville’s Humana Inc.
Two different deals aim to bring a new style of healthcare insurance to individuals and small businesses Designed to be a new model for health insurance, the much-watched Oscar Health (Oscar), founded in 2012, has just inked deals with both the Cleveland Clinic and Humana, Inc. What makes Oscar worth watching by pathologists and clinical […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 28, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations ACA Affordable Care Act Alan Warren PhD anatomic pa Source Type: news

Genetic Testing Company Invitae Now Contacting Physicians about Possible False Negative Test Results That It Reported in Recent Months
In recent weeks, company representatives began informing physicians at cancer centers and hospitals about a problem with a specific variant in the MSH2 gene Invitae Corporation (NYSE:NVTA), a genetic testing company in San Francisco, has told some physicians and clinicians in recent weeks that it has reported false-negative results. Clinical laboratory professionals with knowledge of […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 25, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: dark daily home page darkdaily.com Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Uncategorized Boland inversion clinical laboratory dark intelligence group Dark Report false negative res Source Type: news

Harvard Medical School Researchers Use CRISPR Technology to Insert Images into the DNA of Bacteria
Technology allows retrievable information to be recorded directly into the genomes of living bacteria, but will this technology have value in clinical laboratory testing? Researchers at Harvard Medical School have successfully used CRISPR technology to encode an image and a short film into the Deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) of bacteria. Their goal is to develop a […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 23, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Cas1 Cas2 clinical laboratory clustered regularly interspaced short palindromic repeats CRISPR CRISPR-Cas9 Dark Source Type: news

Clinical Laboratories May Need to Expand Test Portfolios with Companion and Complementary Diagnostic Assays as More Test-Dependent Drug Therapies Enter Market
However, the distinction between how the two different types of diagnostic tests are intended to be used still confuses many physicians and healthcare professionals Companion diagnostics are well-known to medical laboratorians. However, the new-breed of complementary diagnostics might not be as familiar. As the pharmaceutical pipeline increasingly becomes filled with test-dependent new drug therapies, medical […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 21, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing anatomic pathology ANGLE Plc anti-HER2 Brandwidth Solutions Christopher Fikry MD clinical labo Source Type: news

Fidelity Study Predicts Baby Boomer Medical Laboratory Personnel and Pathologists May Defer Their Retirements Due to Increased Healthcare Costs
Rising out-of-pocket healthcare costs could force older clinical laboratory workers to put off retirement plans altogether, even when on Medicare For the past decade, anatomic pathology laboratory executives have been bracing for an expected avalanche of retiring baby boomer medical technicians, histotechnologists, cytotechnologists, clinical chemists, and pathologists who are reaching retirement age. However, rising out-of-pocket […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 18, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Adam Stavisky clinical laboratory Commonwealth Fund Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news

New Regulations Have Been Imposed on Clinical Pathology Laboratories in Australia due to Concerns over Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing
Undergoing genetic testing also can impact the cost and availability of life insurance in Australia, not just for the person who underwent the testing, but for their families as well Concerns about direct-to-consumer genetic testing have led to stricter regulatory requirements for Clinical laboratories that perform genetic tests in Australia. Starting in July 2017, medical […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 16, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology ALRC Australian Law Reform Commission clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news

Even as Digital Pathology Is Poised to Be Disruptive in Primary Diagnosis, Most Anatomic Pathology Groups Are Unprepared for How Their Incomes Will Change
Pathologists and practice administrators should prepare a strategy and a timetable for their group’s acquisition and deployment of a digital pathology system and whole slide imaging Anatomic pathology is a medical specialty at the brink of a major technological disruption. FDA clearance of the first digital pathology system and whole slide imaging (WSI) for primary […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 14, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Advanced Pathology Associates anatomic pathology Angress Consulting LLC APA ClearPath Derm cli Source Type: news

University of Michigan Study Links Value-Based Care Programs to Lower Readmission Rates and $32 Million in Medicare Savings in 2015; Clinical Laboratories Play Critical Role
Meaningful use, accountable care organizations, and bundled payment initiatives work best together to reduce readmissions, UM research suggests Ever since the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) implemented the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program (HRRP) in 2012, healthcare organizations all over America have sought to prevent unnecessary hospital readmissions within 30 days of discharge. For […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 11, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations A. Everett James ACA Accountable Care Organizations ACO Affordable Care Act Andrew Ryan PhD BPCI bundled payments centers for medicare and medica Source Type: news

University of Nebraska Infectious Disease Researchers Study New Device That Could Help Clinical Laboratories and Phlebotomists Avoid Blood Culture Contamination
Additionally, the device also could help reduce incidences of sepsis, though this result was not part of the study Research findings indicate how a new system-in-a-box device that phlebotomists and clinical laboratories would use when drawing blood could reduce contamination of blood cultures and lower patients’ use of antibiotics. In a study involving 1,800 blood […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 9, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations adverse events antimicrobial Source Type: news

Genomic Companies Collaborate to Develop Facial Analysis Technology Pathologists Might Eventually Use to Diagnose Rare Genetic Disorders
Phenotypic data combined with artificial intelligence provides a new biomarker for genetic laboratories to use when diagnosing disease Researchers are demonstrating that facial analysis and facial recognition technology can play a useful role in helping pathology and medical laboratory scientists diagnose disease. This is just the latest example of how advances in different technologies can […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 7, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology AI artificial intelligence Ben Solomon MD Berlin Institute of Health biomarker Blueprint Genetics Charit Source Type: news

CRISPR-Related Tool Set to Fundamentally Change Clinical Laboratory Diagnostics, Especially in Rural and Remote Locations
SHERLOCK makes accurate, fast diagnoses for about 61-cents per test with no refrigeration needed; could give medical laboratories a new diagnostic tool Genetics researchers have been riveted by ongoing discoveries related to Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats (CRISPR) for some time now and so have anatomic pathology laboratories. The diagnostic possibilities inherent in CRISPR […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 4, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Broad Institute Cas13a Cas9 cl Source Type: news

Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp Ink Deals to Put Patient Services Centers in Grocery Stores and Retail Pharmacies, But Not for the Same Reasons as Theranos
Agreements to open PSCs in the nation’s largest retail grocery and pharmacy chain stores shows a willingness by clinical laboratories to attract customers through convenience Greater use of retail stores as the location for patient services centers (PSCs) may be an important new trend for the clinical laboratory industry. That’s because, historically, medical laboratories placed […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - August 2, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Albertsons Arizona State Leg Source Type: news

Lab-Specific CRM Helps Innovative Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups to Intelligently Cut Costs while Boosting Service to Physicians, Patients
Sonora Quest Labs and Incyte Diagnostics streamline operations, eliminate data silos, and increase efficiencies using real-time analytics from laboratory-specific CRM Across the nation, clinical laboratories and anatomic pathologists face two common challenges. One is shrinking lab budgets and less payment for lab tests. The other is the need to maintain physician and patient services at […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 31, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Banner He Source Type: news

ProteomeTools Researchers Announces Milestone Creation of 330,000-Peptide Human Proteome and Creating Resource for Developing New Medical Laboratory Tests
Project should provide treasure-trove of molecular information on human protein and lead to development of new biomarkers for use in clinical laboratory tests and personalized medicine Human proteins provide clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups with a rich source of biomarkers used in medical tests and personalized medicine. Pathologists, therefore, should take note of a […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 28, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Bernhard Küster clinical laboratory Dark Daily dar Source Type: news

Collaboration between Pathologists, Medical Laboratories, and Hospital Staff Substantially Reduced Hospital-Acquired Infections, AHRQ Reports
Decline in hospital-acquired conditions (HACs) overall since 2010 attributed to increased attention to safety protocols and practices by hospital staff in cooperation with clinical laboratory services It’s now been almost nine years since the Medicare Program stopped paying hospitals and other providers for certain hospital-acquired conditions (HACs). Included in this list are hospital-acquired infections (HAIs). […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 26, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology adverse drug events agency for healthcare research and quality AHRQ AJCP American Journal of Clinical Path Source Type: news

Winners of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE for Medical Laboratory Testing Were Announced in April, Five Years After the Competition Began
More than 312 teams applied for the completion and the prize-winning hand-held device uses clinical laboratory assays to diagnose up to 34 different medical conditions Star Trek fans among clinical laboratory manager and pathologist will be excited to learn that the winners of the Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE were announced earlier this year, five years after […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 24, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Pathology anemia atrial fibrillation Basil Harris Basil Leaf Technologies cholesterol Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chung-Kang Peng clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Diabetes Mell Source Type: news

AncestryDNA Collaborates with Quest Diagnostics to Provide Home DNA Testing to Healthcare Consumers
Pathologists should note that this agreement is not without controversy as the question over who owns patients’ DNA information sparks warnings from legal experts Did you ever wonder which lab does all the genetic testing for Ancestry as it offers to help consumers learn more about their family histories? Also, were you ever curious about […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 21, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Ancestry.com AncestryDNA autosomal DNA testing BBC clinical labora Source Type: news

Success of Harvard Pilgrim Value-Based Pharma Contracts Might Indicate a Transition Away from Fee-for-Service to Value-Based Care in Other Healthcare Areas
New value-based healthcare payment models could have far-reaching effects on medical laboratories and the testing they provide Hospitals, physicians, and medical laboratories recognize the transition from “volume to value” that’s underway in the American healthcare system. Fee-for-service payments for clinical services (regardless of whether they are needed or effective) will soon cease and providers will […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 19, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations AACC AHIP America's Health Service Plans American Association for Clinical Chemistry American So Source Type: news

What Every Lab Needs to Know about the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Price Cuts That Take Effect in Just 157 Days, on Jan. 1, 2018
Another big question is whether the lobbying of medical laboratory and pathology societies can educate and convince members of Congress to delay and reform the PAMA Final Rule that uses the market price study of what private payers pay for lab tests Coming in just five months are the deepest, most painful clinical laboratory test […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 17, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Uncategorized ACA Affordable Care Act Anatomical Pathology centers for medicare and medicaid services CL Source Type: news

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia Drops Coverage for Non-Emergency ER Visits; Medical Laboratories Could See Drop in ER Clinical Lab Test Orders
Experts concerned people will be unable to judge a true emergency from a minor health concern; patients could be left with a big ER bill if they are wrong Here’s a groundbreaking way payers are keeping healthcare costs down: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) of Georgia sent letters to its members in May […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 14, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing ACEP Affordable Care Act American College of Emergency Physicians Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Georgia clinical laboratory Source Type: news

Technological Revolution in Hospital Design and Care Delivery Will Bring Changes for Clinical Pathologists and Medical Laboratories
High-tech hospitals of the future will ‘bring the healing to the patients’ with virtual consultations and remote diagnostic/monitoring services delivering added value to patient care Hospitals of the future may look nothing like the hospitals of today and those changes could have major implications for clinical pathologists and medical laboratory scientists. That’s according to Samuel […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 12, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Becton Dickinson Diagnostics Clinical Lab Products clinical laboratory Source Type: news

More People Using Ride-sharing Uber and Lyft to Get to Emergency Rooms for Medical Treatment; Might Medical Laboratories Use These Ride-sharing Services?
Clinical laboratories and pathology groups that use taxicabs to pick up patient specimens and bring them to the lab now have the option of using Uber and Lyft for this service For decades, medical laboratories have used taxicabs to have specimens picked up from one location and driven to the lab for testing. This was […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 10, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations ambulance CDC Center for Disease Control and Prevention clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Doug Buchanan ED emergency Source Type: news

Point-of Care Urine Drug Test Kits Used by Rehabilitation Programs in Canada and US to Help Drug Users Detect the Presence of Fentanyl in Their Heroin and Opiate Drugs
A legal, supervised injection site (SIS) affiliated with Vancouver Coastal Health found 86% of drugs tested with strips contained fentanyl when tested with these medical lab test kits Here’s an unexpected application of point-of-care testing (POCT) that may surprise pathologists and medical laboratory leaders. In a sort of “guerilla-warfare” street experiment that applies diagnostic technologies […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 7, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Alexander Walley MD Boston Medical Center CDC centers for disease control and prevention clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Repo Source Type: news

Drones Used to Deliver Clinical Laboratory Specimens in Switzerland
Demonstration project to move lab specimens by drone was successfully conducted in this alpine nation by Swiss Post and an eight-hospital health system Delivering clinical laboratory specimens from point A to point B while maintaining the quality and integrity of critical samples is an ongoing issue for medical laboratories and pathology groups worldwide. This is […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 5, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Andreas Raptopoulos clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Drone FAA Feder Source Type: news

CMS Missed 96 Hospitals with Suspected HAI Reporting Due to Limited Use of Analytics, OIG Report Reveals
OIG suggests better use of analytics by CMS could prevent gaming of the system by providers; clinical laboratories can help through test utilization management technology It may come as a surprise to many hospital-based pathologists and clinical laboratory managers that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has reason to suspect that some hospitals […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - July 3, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations adjudication analytics CDC centers for disease control and prevention Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Serv Source Type: news

Studies Show Utilization Management Systems Help Clinical Laboratories Remove Physician Uncertainty Over Availability of Diagnostic Tests and How to Properly Interpret Results
Researchers note medical laboratories uniquely qualified to help doctors optimize lab test utilization, and to educate physicians on testing trends and improvements Automation and informatics have revolutionized the modern medical laboratory. These same technologies also are powering the next generation of healthcare through precision medicine, genomics, and an increased ability to assess and leverage population […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 30, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations clinical laboratory computed tomography CT scan Daniel Wolfson Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news

Expected Increase in Demand for Remote Health Monitoring of America ’s Elderly Presents Opportunities for Clinical Laboratories to Provide Services
As our population continues to age, the demand increases for more clinical services and medical laboratory tests that cater to the growing needs of senior citizens Elderly patients represent the fastest growing healthcare demographic in America. Thus, it is no surprise that healthcare professional in the field of Elderly Care are interested in technologies that […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 28, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations AARP American Association of Retired Persons Bruce Chernof MD c Source Type: news

Canadian Researchers Develop Low-Cost, Lens-Free Light-Field Microscope; Could Make Anatomic Pathology Labs Portable and More Affordable
Second-generation spectral fusion microscope captures light-field images in full color using artificial intelligence and mathematical models of light to develop large-scale 3D images Researchers in Canada have developed an inexpensive, lens-free microscope that uses artificial intelligence (AI) and mathematical models of light to develop three-dimensional (3D) images. This invention has the potential to make the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 26, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Uncategorized 3D AI Alexander Wong PhD PEng artificial intelligence clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Environmental Bio-Detection Products Farnoud Kazemzadeh PhD medical laboratory scientist Microsc Source Type: news

Federal Programs That Lower Hospital Readmissions Rates Impact Medical Laboratories Inpatient Test Ordering
Medical laboratory inpatient test volume may continue to decline as the Medicare hospital readmission reduction program expands in 2017 and state population health programs garner funding  We are now several years into the Medicare program that is designed to reduce hospital readmissions. Statistics from these years show encouraging progress in reducing the readmission rate of […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 23, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations ACA Affordable Care Act ambulatory care Caradigm Care Link centers for medicare and medicaid services Christiana Source Type: news

Coverage of Alexion Investigation Highlights the Risk to Clinical Laboratories That Sell Blinded Medical Data
Despite blinding data and following protocols, a recent investigation in Bloomberg Businessweek shows that clinical laboratories can be at risk in deals with pharmaceutical and big data companies While big data is transforming how healthcare is both researched and applied, it also offers opportunities for clinical laboratories to create additional revenue from the endless streams […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 21, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Adam Tanner aHUS Alexion Ancestry AncestryDNA atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome big data cl Source Type: news

Biggest Opportunity for Clinical Laboratory Industry is Utilization Management of Lab Tests, But Only If It Is Done Well
Effective medical lab/physician collaborations to improve how lab tests are ordered and used can deliver big improvements in patient outcomes while reducing healthcare costs Utilization management of clinical laboratory tests may be the single hottest trend in laboratory medicine today. Across the nation, medical laboratory scientists and pathologists are getting out of the lab to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 19, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Bobbi Jo Kochevar clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Enteroba Source Type: news

Naval Medical Center Study Reveals More than One-third of Genetic Tests are Misordered; Clinical Laboratories Critical to Improving Lab Test Utilization
Pathologists and clinical lab managers can help physicians more effectively select appropriate genetic tests and better interpret results to identify the most appropriate therapies for their patients Clinical laboratories and pathology groups aren’t the only healthcare providers being scrutinized for cost cutting and workflow efficiencies. Physicians ordering genetic tests are now in the spotlight thanks […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 16, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Digital Pathology Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology ACOG Alpha-thalassemia American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists BRCA Cell-free DNA clinical laboratory cysti Source Type: news

Genetic Fingerprint Helps Researchers Identify Aggressive Prostate Cancer from Non-Aggressive Types and Determine if Treatment Will Be Effective
New discoveries about the genetics of prostate cancer could lead to better tools for diagnosing the disease and selecting effective therapies based on each patient’s specific physiology In recent decades, the biggest challenge for urologists, and for the pathologists who diagnosed the prostate tissue specimens they referred, has been how to accurately differentiate between non-aggressive […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 14, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations ATM ATM Source Type: news

MedStar Health/Uber Collaboration Shows How Providers Can Use Existing Technology to Proactively Improve Patient Care; Might Be a Similar Opportunity for Medical Laboratories
Estimates are that more than three million people miss healthcare appointments each year due to transportation issues; that is true for patients with clinical lab test orders who never visit a patient service center Patient no-shows, missed appointments, and rescheduling impact not only clinical laboratories and pathology groups but the entire healthcare community in lost […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 12, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology clinical laboratory Daniel Hoffman Dark Daily dark intelligence group Source Type: news

Skepticism, Distrust of HIT by Healthcare Consumers Undermines Physician Adoption of Medical Reporting Technologies, But Is Opportunity for Pathology Groups, Clinical Laboratories
New studies show number of Americans who are unwilling to reveal private health information is growing, hindering medical technology developers Healthcare consumers appear not only to be raising their expectations of the quality of care they receive, but also in the privacy and security of their protected health information (PHI) as well. This is an […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 9, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Uncategorized Black Book clinical laboratory cyberattacks cybersecurity Dark Daily dark intelligence g Source Type: news

Will Growth in Number of Tele-ICU Programs in the Nation ’s Hospitals Create an Opportunity for Clinical Pathologists to Deliver Added Value?
Aging populations and increase in chronic disease fuel worldwide growth in tele-ICU care models that improve patient outcomes, reduce length of ICU stays, and save hospitals money, according to a study There’s an interesting trend in healthcare that may prove beneficial to clinical pathologists and medical laboratory scientists. It is increased use by hospitals of […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 7, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Sales and Marketing Management & Operations Advanced ICU Care Source Type: news

Big Data Projects at Geisinger Health Are Beginning to Help Physicians Speed Up Diagnosis and Improve Patient Care
While many of the major gains promised by electronic health records (EHRs) and big data remain elusive, Geisinger Health’s Unified Data Architecture demonstrates how big data might help healthcare providers and clinical laboratories optimize care, improve outcomes, and control costs as the technology evolves Use of big data in healthcare gets plenty of hoopla these […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Up to 50% of Aetna, UnitedHealth Group, and Anthem Reimbursements Go to Value-Based Contracts; Clinical Laboratories Must Implement Value-Based Strategies to Remain Competitive
Aetna expects 75% to 80% of its medical spending will be value-based by 2020 Many pathologists and medical laboratory executives may be surprised to learn how quickly private health insurers are moving away from fee-for-service payment arrangements. According to Forbes, the nation’s largest health insurance companies now associate nearly 50% of reimbursements they make to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - June 2, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Accountable Care Organization ACO Active Health Management aetna Anthem clinical decision support clinical laborat Source Type: news

Kaiser Family Foundation Estimates Approximately 16% of US Population Uninsurable under Pre-ACA Underwriting Standards
As the latest attempts to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) generate increased debate over protections for pre-existing conditions, Kaiser Family Foundation highlights that using pre-ACA underwriting guidelines would result in an estimated 52-million Americans unable to obtain coverage With the American Health Care Act (AHCA) clearing the House on the way to the Senate, […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 31, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing ACA AHCA American Health Care Act clinical laboratory Cynthia Cox Dark Daily dark i Source Type: news

Biomarker Trends Are Auspicious for Pathologists and Clinical Laboratories
Few anatomical tools hold more potential to revolutionize the science of diagnostics than biomarkers, and pathologists and medical laboratories will be first in line to put these powerful tools to use helping patients with chronic diseases There’s good news for both anatomic pathology laboratories and medical laboratories worldwide. Large numbers of clinically-useful new biomarkers continue […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 30, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Digital Pathology Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing “Sure-Fire Methods to Slash Your Lab’s Reference and Sen Source Type: news

From Micro-hospitals to Mobile ERs: New Models of Healthcare Create Challenges and Opportunities for Pathologists and Medical Laboratories
New low-cost alternatives to emergency department and hospital visits could require flexibility from pathology groups and clinical laboratories to provide the best quality care In response to the rising cost of conventional hospital services, innovative healthcare models such as micro-hospitals, bedless hospitals, and mobile and freestanding emergency rooms (ERs), are attempting to lower costs while […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 26, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations bedless hospital clinical laboratory Dark Daily Source Type: news