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Targeted Cancer Therapies Bring New Precision Medicine Tools to Anatomic Pathologists and Clinical Laboratories
FDA is streamlining how new diagnostic tests are approved; encourages IVD companies to focus on ‘qualifying biomarkers’ in development of new cancer drugs It is good news for the anatomic pathology profession that new insights into the human immune system are triggering not only a wave of new therapeutic drugs, but also the need for […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 20, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations American Enterprise Institute anatomic pathology CDER Center for Drug Evaluation and Research cl Source Type: news

‘Barcoding’ Cells in Nematodes Could Bring Advances and New Medical Laboratory Tools for Treatment of Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases
Ongoing research at the University of Washington promises new methods for identifying and cataloging large numbers of cells quickly, which could lead to more individualized treatments in support of precision medicine initiatives Researchers have found a new method for identifying specific cell types by groups, a breakthrough that some experts say could lead to new […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 17, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations anatomic pathology Aviv Regev PhD Broad Institute Source Type: news

Johns Hopkins ’ Test Drone Travels 161 Miles to Set Record for Delivery Distance of Clinical Laboratory Specimens
Onboard cooling system ensures samples remain viable for medical laboratory analysis after three-hour flight across Arizona desert Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups could soon be receiving blood samples and tissue specimens through the air by medical drone. The technology has been tested successfully in Europe, which Dark Daily reported in July. Now, Johns Hopkins […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 15, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations AJCP American Journal of Clinical Pathology Andreas Raptopoulous clin Source Type: news

Top Healthcare Trends Affecting Cancer Business in 2017 Impact Pathologists and Medical Laboratory Leaders Who Serve Oncologists and Patients
Many aspects of traditional clinical laboratory pathology testing remain rooted to cancer care even as the cancer care industry embraces precision medicine, and digital pathology testing and interpretation There’s good news for anatomic pathologists worried about the future of the pathology profession. A recent survey of oncology program participants in the United States determined that […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 13, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations ACCC Advisory Board Anthem Association of Community Cancer Care Centers Breast Cancer Ally Cancer Care Quality P Source Type: news

Telemedicine Gaining Momentum in US as Large Employers Look for Ways to Decrease Costs; Trend Has Implications for Pathology Groups and Medical Laboratories
Increased use of telemedicine may create opportunities for clinical laboratories to deliver increased value to both physicians and nurses Recent data shows widespread employer adoption of telehealth services may soon become a reality. However, studies also show virtual provider visits and other telemedicine technologies are unlikely to diminish the role of clinical laboratories in providing […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 8, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations American Well Be Source Type: news

Continued ‘Aggressive Audit Tactics’ by Private Payers and Government Regulators Following 2018 Medicare Part B Price Cuts Will Strain Profitability of Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups
Medical laboratory leaders must take steps to protect their lab’s financial stability and know how to prepare and respond to investigations and regulatory threats Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups may soon face a new normal that includes more frequent and tougher audits by both private payers and the government, resulting in larger monetary demands. […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 6, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Blue Cross Blue Shield Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services cigna clinical laboratory Dark Daily David W. Source Type: news

Threats to Profitability Causing Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups to Take on Added Risk by Entering into ‘Problematic’ Business Relationships and Risky Pricing Plans
Medical laboratory leaders urged to scrutinize pricing policies, billing decisions, and structural relationships that could trigger commercial payer and regulatory action Clinical laboratories and pathology groups face another blow to their financial health on January 1, 2018, when new Medicare Part B price cuts take effect. Faced with increasing competition and declining reimbursement rates for […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 3, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology balance-billing clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report David W. Gee Davis Wright Tremaine LLP Jeffrey J. Sherrin Managed Service Organizations M Source Type: news

‘Death by 1,000 Knives’ Could Be in Store for Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups Not Prepared to Comply with New Medicare Part B Regulations
Medical laboratory leaders and pathologists must be fully aware of the coming legal and regulatory changes taking place starting January 1, 2018, or risk fines and decreased reimbursements January 1, 2018, marks the start of new Medicare Part B price cuts for clinical laboratory  and anatomic pathology testing. But decreasing reimbursement rates is just one […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 1, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement CLIA clin Source Type: news

‘Death by 1,000 Knives’ Could Be Instore for Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups Not Prepared to Comply with New Medicare Part B Regulations
Medical laboratory leaders and pathologists must be fully aware of the coming legal and regulatory changes taking place starting January 1, 2018, or risk fines and decreased reimbursements January 1, 2018, marks the start of new Medicare Part B price cuts for clinical laboratory  and anatomic pathology testing. But decreasing reimbursement rates is just one […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - November 1, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement CLIA clin Source Type: news

Hershey, Pennsylvania, Clinical Laboratory Technician Indicted in 2015 for Fraudulent Cancer Test Results Pleads Guilty to False Statement Charges
Indicted on charges related to 124 genetic cancer tests performed between 2013 and 2014, former Hershey Medical Center Research Technologist Floyd Benko pleads guilty to charges with a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison Wake up calls don’t come any clearer. False reporting of clinical laboratory test results will not be tolerated […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 30, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing BRAF gene mutation clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Source Type: news

Attention Microbiologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists: New Research Suggests an Organism ’s Microbiome Might Be a Factor in Longer, More Active Lives
Is gut microbiota the fabled fountain of youth? Researchers at Valenzano Research Lab in Germany found it works for killifish. Could it work for other vertebrates as well? Research into the microbiomes of humans and other animals is uncovering tantalizing insights as to how different microbes can be beneficial or destructive to the host. It […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 27, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Buck Institute for Research on Aging C. diff CDC centers for disease control and prevention Source Type: news

Scientists Encode Malware with Synthesized DNA That Targets DNA Analysis Software Commonly Found in Gene Sequencers Used by Clinical Laboratories
Researchers demonstrated it was feasible to encode digital malware onto a strand of synthesized DNA and infect the gene sequencers and computer networks used by medical laboratories As if anatomic pathology groups and clinical laboratory leaders don’t already have enough to think about, here comes a security vulnerability right out of a sci-fi thriller. Researchers […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 25, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report DNA sequencer dna sequen Source Type: news

Health Savings Accounts Reach Nearly $43 Billion in Assets as Consumers with High-Deductible Health Plans Look to Cash-in on Tax-Free Savings
Push to expand the reach of health savings plans should help consumers pay for out-of-pocket medical laboratory services and other healthcare expenses High-deductible health plans (HDHPs) continue to impact hospitals, clinical laboratories, and anatomic pathology groups due to the strain they put on healthcare consumers who struggle to pay their medical bills. Even worse, studies […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 23, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement 401K Specialist Ascensus Begonya Klumb clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Devenir Eric Remjeske HDHP Health Savings Source Type: news

Decline in Imaging Utilization Could Be Linked to Changes in Policies and Funding for Diagnostics; Could Something Similar Happen with Anatomic Pathology?
New study analyzes the dramatic decline in the utilization of imaging diagnostics between 2008 and 2014 and suggests that reductions in imaging use could be the result of changes in federal policy, increased deductibles, and cost-cutting focuses Anatomic pathologists have experienced sustained cuts to reimbursements for both technical component and professional component services during the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 20, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Digital Pathology Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement ABIMF American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation anatomic pathology Charles P Source Type: news

Medicare Officials Back Off a Proposal to Make Hospital Inspection Reports Publicly Available; CLIA Inspections of Medical Laboratories Are Still Not Public
The Joint Commission opposed the Medicare proposal while patient advocate groups say it is a setback for hospital transparency Powerful interests arrayed against greater transparency in the performance of hospitals, physicians, and medical laboratories have stopped a proposed Medicare program that would have allowed the public to see the results of hospital inspections. Stopped in […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 18, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Digital Pathology Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing American College of Surgeons CDC centers for disease control and prevention centers for medicare and medic Source Type: news

At-Home Microbiology Tests Trigger Concerns about Scientific Value and Impact from Microbiologists and Clinical Laboratory Scientists
As science learns more about the human genome, new companies are being formed to offer consumers at-home microbiology test kits, a development many microbiologists consider worrisome Can consumers rely on the accuracy of at-home microbiology tests that promise to give them useful information about their microbiome? That’s just one question being asked by clinical laboratory […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 16, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing American Academy of Microbiology American Gut Project ASM clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence gr Source Type: news

State and Federal Agencies Throw Yellow Flag Delaying Free Genetic Tests at NFL Games in Baltimore —Are Clinical Laboratories on Notice about Free Testing?
Media coverage of a recent Orig3n promotion-and intervention from state and federal officials-reveals the level of discomfort public and policymakers have for handling the publics’ protected health information, including genetic test data Is it appropriate to offer free genetic tests to 70,000 fans attending a professional football game? Apparently not, say federal and state healthcare […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 13, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Uncategorized 23andMe ACTN3 Alexion Bradley Shear Center for Medicine in the Public Interest centers for medicare and medicaid services CLIA clinical laboratory Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 CMPI CMS Dark Daily Source Type: news

New Machine Easily Transforms Biomedical Waste into a Sterile Material for Convenient Disposal by Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Practices, and More
Free-standing device eliminates need for special pickups and dangerous disposal of any type of medical waste, including biohazard waste generated by medical laboratories Clinical laboratories generate a substantial amount of regulated medical waste (RMW) including needles, collection supplies, gloves, sample tubes, and sample storage containers. RMW, also known as biohazardous or infectious medical waste, must […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 11, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing biohazardous waste biomedical industry clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence Source Type: news

UCLA ’s Ozcan Labs Develops Portable Smartphone DNA Detection System That Performs as well as Clinical Laboratory Testing
Mobile point-of-care (POC) smartphone-based nucleic acid assay allows for quick turn arounds and accurate information in any healthcare setting, including resource limited and remote environments  DNA detection might soon be accomplished with the use of a smartphone. That’s the goal of a research effort at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA). If this effort […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 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 Aydogan Ozcan biomarker biomedical diagnostics Cal Source Type: news

Using Extracellular Vesicles, Researchers Highlight Viability of Liquid Biopsies for Cancer Biomarker Detection in Clinical Laboratories
Identification of 144 elevated phosphoproteins indicative of cancer shows one possible path forward in the use of liquid biopsies for early detection of cancer and monitoring patients in remission While precision medicine and a growing menu of medical laboratory assays and diagnostics are increasing the number of treatment methods available to cancer patients, early detection […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 6, 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 Elevated phosphoproteins indicating cancer show possible Source Type: news

Medical Laboratories, Hospitals, Doctors Turn to Zero-Interest Loans and Other Financing Options to Help Patients Pay Out-of-Pocket Medical Bills
To help patients pay their clinical laboratory test bills, Sonora Quest Laboratories partners with CarePayment to provide patients with no-interest loans With tens of millions of Americans now covered by a high-deductible health plan (HDHP), hospitals, physicians, and clinical laboratories now share a common problem: how to collect the full amount due for a patient […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 4, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing CarePayment clinical laboratory Craig Hodges Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Source Type: news

Five Reasons Why Retail Clinics Are a “Game-Changing” Threat to Traditional Healthcare Providers That Could Strain Clinical Laboratories and Pathologists
Research conducted by Kalorama suggests the popularity of retail clinics represents a trend towards newer healthcare models that challenge existing models of care, and which could severely impact hospitals, clinical laboratories, and pathology groups In recent years, pathologists and medical laboratory managers have watched as retail clinics housed in drug and grocery stores became a […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - October 2, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations AAFP AMA AMA House of Delegates AMA Wire american academy Source Type: news

Blockchain Technology Could Impact How Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Exchange Lab Test Data
Insurers might use blockchain technology to enable instantaneous verification and interoperability of healthcare records, which could impact clinical laboratory payment systems Medical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are keenly aware that connected, secure, interoperable health records are critical to smooth, efficient workflows. However, the current often dysfunctional state of health information technology (HIT) in America’s […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 29, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimburs Source Type: news

Jet Hand Dryers are Less Hygienic than Paper Towels, Study Says, and Can Spread Viruses Up to Nine Feet; Clinical Laboratories Particularly Susceptible to Airborne Contaminants
High-powered hand dryers, like those used in public restrooms, are the latest targets in pursuit of cleanliness in public and medical environments Microbiologists and clinical laboratory scientists will be fascinated by the findings of a research study into a method of hand drying that the study scientists described as like “virus hand grenades.” If these […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 27, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Pathology Airblade Aspergillus clinical laboratory Dark Daily dark intelligence group Dark Report Dyson Journal of Applied Microbiology Klebsiella pneumonia medical laboratory scientist MetaSUB MS2 pathologist PathoM Source Type: news

How Close Is the End of Private Practice Pathology as We ’ve Known It?
Payers are cutting reimbursements for anatomic pathology services, making it essential for every pathology group to understand its financial present and future Certain pathology business leaders are warning their colleagues that the era of private pathology group practice domination of the anatomic pathology marketplace is about to end. The only question is how rapidly the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 25, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations AIM Specialty Health anatomic pathology Avalon Healthcare Solutions BeaconLBS Br Source Type: news

Because of Expanded Numbers of Patients with High-deductible Health Plans, Patients Are Now Responsible for 30% of Hospital Revenues
Medical laboratories and pathology groups should expect point-of-service collection strategies to become increasingly important to their overall success Not only is patient bad debt a growing problem for the nation’s hospitals, but it is now getting national attention within the hospital industry. This is bad news for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups, because the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - September 22, 2017 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement AccuReg Avality Brian Sanderson ClearBalance clinical laborat Source Type: news

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)
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