UK Scientists Produce Comprehensive Summary of Genes Associated with Cancer in Humans, Making Precision Medicine ‘More Precise’
Expanded ‘Cancer Gene Census’ is expected to accelerate development of new therapeutics and biomarker-based personalized medicine diagnostic tests for disease; could be useful for anatomic pathologists Oncology is one of the fastest-developing fields in precision medicine and use of DNA-based diagnostics. Surgical pathologists are helping many cancer patients benefit from the use of a companion […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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UK Scientists Produce Comprehensive Summary of Genes Associated with Cancer in Humans Making Precision Medicine ‘More Precise’
Expanded ‘Cancer Gene Census’ is expected to accelerate development of new therapeutics and biomarker-based personalized medicine diagnostic tests for disease; could be useful for anatomic pathologists Oncology is one of the fastest-developing fields in precision medicine and use of DNA-based diagnostics. Surgical pathologists are helping many cancer patients benefit from the use of a companion […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Recently published White Paper explores effective new ways for clinical labs and pathology groups to reverse the trend of uncollected revenue in an era of higher patient requirements and reimbursement pressures
As a result of the drive toward consumer-driven healthcare, and because of rising health insurance deductibles, patients are increasingly becoming the new payers. Efficient patient access management is now viewed as critical to reversing the resulting trend of uncompensated care, and to meeting the lab’s revenue cycle objectives. As patients take on more risk and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 14, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations Source Type: news

Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Finds Hospitals in West Coast States Incur Highest Daily Expenses when Providing Inpatient Care
US hospitals typically spend $2,424/day to provide inpatient care, according to the KFF report  How much does the average hospital spend/day to provide inpatient care? The numbers vary widely, but the latest statistics from Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) State Health Facts show West Coast states incur the highest daily operating and non-operating inpatient costs. This […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Popularity of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Tests Still Growing, Regardless of Concerns from Provider and Privacy Organizations
For blood brothers Quest and LabCorp this is good news, since the two medical laboratory companies perform most of the testing for the biggest DTC genetic test developers Should clinical laboratories be concerned about direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests? Despite alerts from healthcare organizations about the accuracy of DTC genetic testing—as well as calls from privacy […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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How CRM Systems Help Home Healthcare Providers Treat Patients with Chronic Diseases in a Trend That May Be an Opportunity for Medical Laboratories
Customer relationship management (CRM) plays a critical role in helping providers care for patients with chronic diseases and clinical laboratories are part of those solutions Home healthcare continues to boom in the US and more technology companies each year—including Salesforce—strive to expand their presence within the industry. This represents a significant shift in site of […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Results of Harvard Study into Medicare Costs Offers Opportunities for Clinical Laboratories
Harvard’s study of high-cost Medicare patients offers insights into how medical laboratories can help improve early diagnosis, optimize therapies, and monitor chronic disease Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups supporting Medicare patients understand that a small portion of high-cost patients make up the majority of Medicare spending. Between extended treatment, comorbidities, and the complex nature […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 6, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations Source Type: news

PAMA Price Reporting Update: What to Watch for During Data Validation
Starting in July 2019, to comply with PAMA, medical laboratories are expected to analyze their private payer price data to help ensure clean, complete, and accurate reporting by March 30, 2020 Collect. Analyze. Report. Simple enough, except that the devil is in the details, according to experts who conducted a special, daylong PAMA private payer […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Sonic Healthcare Uses Test Data to Create Shared Savings Opportunities for Clinical Laboratory and Providers
Sonic’s data-driven approach to population health management, based on helping clinicians intervene with patients to control healthcare costs, increases the lab’s revenue Sonic Healthcare USA is using clinical laboratory test data to help its client providers improve population health. This effort also has allowed the Austin, Texas-based lab company to share in the savings one […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - May 2, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations Source Type: news

Chairman and CEO David Abney Explains UPS ’ Drive Toward Drone Technology
UPS’ program on WakeMed Hospital’s Raleigh campus in N.C. is first drone delivery service cleared by FAA for commercial purposes UPS (NYSE:UPS) Chairman and CEO David Abney emphasizes patients, not packages, in the company’s new drive toward drone technology in medical laboratory specimen transport and logistics. Abney closed Day 1 sessions of the 24th Annual […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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FREE SPECIAL EDITION WHITE PAPER | Patient Access Antidote: Retaining More Revenue with Front-End Solutions
Healthcare delivery and reimbursement models have undergone a paradigm shift; specifically, patient financial liability has significantly affected clinical laboratories and pathology groups, changing the way our businesses operate. In order to profitably provide care, it has been crucial for labs to modernize their collection practices—yet many struggle to do so. With proper focus on front-end patient access management, labs and pathology groups become better equipped to optimize their cash flow and successfully meet their key revenue cycle objectives—a critical achievement for the financially-healthy, high...
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State of the Medical Laboratory Industry in Focus This Week
With Medicare taking a critical look at clinical laboratory test bills and labs contending with the onerous new federal EKRA law and the newly-implemented NCCI guidelines, there is a need for lab leaders to get accurate and timely recommendations on how their labs can respond and be compliant. Confronting the market and regulatory challenges of […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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New CRISPR Genetic Tests Offer Clinical Pathologists Powerful Tools to Diagnose Disease Even in Remote and Desolate Regions
Researchers at UC Berkley developed new ways to use CRISPR as a genetic “search engine” in addition to a cut and paste tool Clinical pathology laboratory professionals have long been aware of the potential diagnostic properties related to CRISPR (Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeats) technology. Now, new tests using the gene-editing tool show that […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 26, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

Might Gaps in FDA Drug Oversight Be a Cause for Concern for In-Vitro Diagnostic Manufacturers and Clinical Laboratories?
As drug recalls increased over the past 12 months, questions regarding FDA oversight of drug manufacturing are triggering questions involving IVD oversight by the federal agency and potential implications for clinical laboratories Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers are following the recent recalls of popular blood pressure medications in the past six months. These issues once […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 24, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

Reimbursement Expert Advises Pathologists and Hospitals to Ensure Part A Contracts Are Balanced and Reflect Both Fair Market Value and Commercial Reasonableness
When negotiating an effective Part A contract for professional pathology services, the best approach is to structure an agreement that is fair and reasonable to both the hospital and the pathologist. That’s the advice given by Robert Tessier, Senior Reimbursement Consultant, HBP Services, Inc. in an interview with Dark Daily. In his position with the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 22, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Managed Care Contracts & Payer Reimbursement Management & Operations Source Type: news

University Study Suggests Cervical Microbiome Could Be Used by Medical Laboratories as Biomarker in Determining Women ’s Risk for Cervical Cancer
Researchers find presence of “high-grade” precancerous lesions caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) associated with “richness” of cervical bacteria Could bacteria residing in the cervix of women be useful in screening for cervical cancer? That’s what a study into the connection between human papillomavirus (HPV) infections and the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) conducted by researchers at […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 19, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

Compliance with New Federal EKRA Law Creates Uncertainties in How Clinical Laboratories Pay Commissions to Their Sales Teams
Vague language and last-minute additions to the federal SUPPORT Act of 2018 with its included EKRA provisions mean big changes to how clinical laboratories can legally compensate sales professionals for referrals Clinical laboratories may be at grave financial risk should they fail to properly comply with the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 17, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Source Type: news

Sonic Healthcare ’s iMorpheus Program Helps Clinical Laboratories Receive Financial Rewards through Medicare’s Shared Savings Program
When medical laboratories work with doctors to help patients with chronic diseases get prompt care, everyone wins, and labs increase revenue When clinical laboratories agree to share their patient data and encounter information with physicians engaged in population health management, they help improve the health of thousands of people, as well as secure financial rewards […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 15, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Source Type: news

Fortune Magazine Offers 10 Healthcare Predictions for 2019, Several Trends Will Pressure Clinical Laboratories and Anatomic Pathology Groups
Following two partially successful years of predictions, a pair of venture capitalists look into their crystal ball and share another batch of predictions for the coming year Healthcare has its fair share of fortune tellers. Rarely are they consistent. However, the predictions of two healthcare investors in California have been so accurate that Fortune magazine […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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VA Engages Private Sector Companies in Major Telehealth Initiative to Bring Critical Healthcare Services to Thousands of Veterans Living in Remote Areas
Walmart, T-Mobile, and Philips have partnered with the VA and will be providing key resources that could offer opportunities for local clinical laboratories In what may prove to be a useful innovation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing a major expansion of its telehealth (aka, telemedicine) offerings. What adds interest to this […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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What ’s in the Name of a Clinical Laboratory Test? TRUU-Lab Initiative Strives to Make Test Names Easier for Doctors to Understand and Order
Different clinical labs use different names for the same medical laboratory test, causing confusion among doctors who order and interpret tests and adding risk to patient care Is there a common name for every unique medical laboratory test? Patients and consumers generally assume that to be so. But clinical pathologists, medical technologists, and other lab […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 8, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Source Type: news

Could Proximity of Toilets to Sinks in Medical Intensive Care Units Contribute to Hospital-Acquired Infections?
Microbiologists will be interested to learn of new research designed to better identify sources of hospital-acquired infections, including investigating possibilities that have not been previously considered Does the proximity of toilets to sinks in medical intensive care units (MICUs) affect the health and recovery of the patients staying there? Until recently, that wasn’t questioned. But […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Researchers at University of British Columbia Use Human Gut Bacteria to Convert A/B Blood into Universal Type-O
If this technology proves viable on large scale, medical laboratories in hospitals that manage blood banks could have larger supplies of universal blood units Once again, the amazing human microbiome is at the heart of a new scientific breakthrough that could offer new tools for clinical laboratories and provide much needed resources to emergency departments […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 3, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Source Type: news

Does New Opioid Law Require Clinical Laboratories to Change How They Pay Sales Employees?
Recently enacted EKRA law prohibits payment activities that were legal under the previous Anti-Kickback Statute, confusing clinical laboratories and legal experts alike There is a relatively new law on the books that impacts clinical laboratories, and lab leaders tasked with ensuring compliance with federal statutes need to fully understand it because getting it wrong could […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - April 1, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Source Type: news

Reappearance of Victorian Era Diseases Highlight Importance of Clinical Laboratory Vigilance
As admissions for scarlet fever, whooping cough, scurvy, and other “Dickensian Era” diseases rise, medical laboratories must continue to consider uncommon causes when performing tests and providing data to physicians developing treatment plans Resurgence in once-rare diseases and conditions in both the United Kingdom and the United States highlight the importance of recognizing the unlikely […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 29, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

PAMA Price Reporting Update: Insights to Help Prepare to Meet the Requirement
Prior (2018) price reporting cycle offers lessons that can help clinical laboratory benefit administrators and personnel take an informed approach to meeting the requirements of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) With the PAMA Private Payor Price Reporting period under way, some clinical laboratories may be grappling with questions about the new […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 28, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations News From Dark Daily Source Type: news

Medicare-for-All Bill Has Little Chance of Passage in Congress, Even as Universal Healthcare Debate Gains Momentum Among Democratic Presidential Hopefuls
Massive government takeover of healthcare would create single-payer healthcare system, doing away with Medicare Advantage and individual choice All clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups have a strong interest in how any reform of US healthcare at the federal level might be accomplished. In that spirit, Dark Daily is providing a quick overview of the […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 27, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Source Type: news

Mt. Sinai Hospital and Cactus Design Studio Create 8-Station Clinical/Research Laboratory to Assess Health and Prevent Disease
Lab100 is designed to be easily upgraded with the latest medical laboratory technologies for tracking patients’ health metrics and risk for chronic diseases Mount Sinai Hospital and Cactus, a New York City-based design studio, are creating a hybrid clinical laboratory/research lab that uses the latest diagnostic technologies to assess peoples’ health, provide them with an […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 25, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Instruments & Equipment Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Source Type: news

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Use AI and Human Gut Bacteria to Predict Age of Microbiome Hosts
Clinical laboratories could soon have new tests for determining how fast a patient’s digestive system is aging as part of a precision medicine treatment protocol When it comes to assessing human age and longevity, much research has focused on telomeres in recent years. Now clinical laboratory managers and pathologists will be interested to learn that […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Clinical Lab Management Learning Demand Drives Addition of Sessions at 24th Annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management
Clinical laboratory and pathology leaders need strategies and solutions for reversing the negative market forces that are eroding the financial stability of many of the nation’s independent medical labs While there are many national conferences in the clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory industry, the Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management is the only […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 21, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Source Type: news

Analytics Help Clinical Laboratories Minimize Risk and Remain Innovative as Esoteric and Molecular Testing Markets Grow
Data-driven proof supports decision-making that optimizes efficiency and boosts bottom lines in the face of shrinking margins and increased competition Molecular and esoteric testing developers continue to make advanced assays and diagnostic technologies available to medical laboratories. However, some laboratory senior management and stakeholders may be reluctant to invest in them even though the market […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 20, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Coding, Billing, and Collections Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

Ativa Medical Developing Blood/Sample Testing Device to Provide Rapid Analyses at the Point of Care; Hopes to Avoid Comparisons with Theranos ’ Technology
Minnesota startup’s ‘breakthrough’ technology aims to deliver point-of-care blood and urine test results within minutes for an estimated $8/single-use test cartridge Less than a year has passed since blood-testing company Theranos dissolved and saw its top two executives Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani and Elizabeth Holmes indicted for fraud. Now, Ativa Medical, is boasting revolutionary technology that […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Swiss Post Medical Drone Carrying Clinical Laboratory Specimens Crashes in Switzerland
Crash into Lake Zurich of American-made drone carrying blood specimens is first setback for pioneering Swiss Post medical drone program Medical drones shuttling clinical laboratory specimens across open terrain is an exciting reality that Dark Daily has reported on in previous e-briefings. However, the medical drone revolution experienced a setback in January when drone-pioneer Swiss […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Johns Hopkins Researchers Look at Exosomes to Deliver Drug Therapies in the Human Body
Targeted delivery of drugs to specific cells could usher in a new era of precision medicine pharmaceutical therapies while creating new biomarkers for clinical laboratory testing Scientists at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine believe exosomes may hold the key to powerful, targeted drug therapies, biomarkers for clinical laboratory treatments, and precision medicine. Not to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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University of Georgia Researchers Develop Algorithm That Determines Source of Salmonella Bacteria Based on Its Genomes
Microbiologists may soon have a new tool to identify sources of infections in humans and track infections across patient populations Researchers at the University of Georgia Center for Food Safety have developed an algorithm that can identify genetic variations in Salmonella found in the feces of four of the most common hosts of the bacteria—pigs, […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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University of California San Diego Researchers Demonstrates How Easily Medical Laboratory Systems and Devices Can Be Compromised, Putting Patient Lives at Risk
Researchers stress the importance of preparing hospital and clinical laboratory information systems before a ‘major failure’ occurs Medical laboratory information systems (LIS) and similar devices are vulnerable to hacking, according to physicians and computer scientists from the University of California San Diego (UCSD) and the University of California Davis (UCD). They recently completed a study […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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FDA Approves Smartphone-based Urinalysis Test Kit for At-Home Use That Matches Quality of Clinical Laboratory Tests
Mobile technology continues to bring clinical-grade medical laboratory testing into patients’ homes, as more do-it-yourself kits receive FDA approval Recently, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a smartphone-based at-home urine test that enables patients with chronic diseases, urinary tract infections, or high-risk pregnancies to monitor their health using a testing method that’s as […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Max Planck Institute Scientists Develop Molecular Biosensor Assay That Enables Paper-based Fingerprick Test for Measuring Metabolites in Blood
A digital camera or smartphone visualizes bioluminescent characteristics of test sample to display levels of Phe in blood, potentially giving medical laboratories a way to support home-based or point of care metabolite tests Clinical laboratories may soon have a new paper-based finger prick assay that can quickly measure metabolites in blood samples and enable patients […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans are Turning Providers into Bill Collectors and They ’re Not Happy About It
Popularity of Medicare Advantage Plans fuels influx of new companies into the marketplace with anticipated enrollment of more than 22.6 million beneficiaries, or more than one-third of Medicare-eligible consumers Provide care or pursue payment. Until recently those two common healthcare activities were mutually exclusive. But not anymore. Thanks to high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), healthcare providers […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - March 1, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Source Type: news

Scientific Paper on Private Equity Ownership in Dermatology is Removed from Peer-Reviewed Medical Journal ’s Website After Dermatologists Complain
The paper’s authors stand by their research and claim “requested corrections” were to protect reputations and not correct inaccuracies Private equity companies have invested in and acquired clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups for the past 25 years. It’s not unusual to find private equity firms buying other medical specialty practices as well. But questioning […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 27, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Source Type: news

EHRs Still Cost Millions and Can Contribute to Physician Burnout; Hospital Laboratories Caught in the Middle
As hospitals and health networks struggle to implement EHRs and comply with federal regulations, medical laboratories have their own struggles fulfilling orders while dealing with physician burnout Ever since 2009, when the federal government’s electronic health record (EHR) adoption initiatives first became law, hospital medical laboratory managers have watched their parent healthcare organizations struggle to […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 25, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Source Type: news

Genentech Smartphone App Helps MS Patients Monitor Their Illness and Provide Real-time Data to Physicians; Clinical Labs Have Another Opportunity to Add Value
By collecting data on MS patients’ activities and abilities, parent company Roche Group hopes to create new drugs and diagnostics to combat this deadly disease Biotechnology company Genentech, a subsidiary of multinational pharmaceutical/diagnostics company Roche Holdings AG, has developed a smartphone application (app) that enables patients with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) to monitor and track their […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 22, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Instruments & Laboratory Equipment Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Source Type: news

Fingerstick Blood Test May Prove to Be Lifesaver for Ischemic Stroke Victims by Speeding Diagnosis and Treatment of Brain Injury
SMARTChip biosensor undergoing clinical trials in England could pave way for clinical laboratories to provide additional diagnostic tests for monitoring patient progress Emergency medical workers and mobile clinical laboratory technicians may soon have a point-of-care blood test that can identify patients having a stroke from its earliest moments. Currently being developed by Sarissa Biomedical at […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Blockchain Continues to Present Opportunities for Independent Hospital and Clinical Laboratories, as Aetna and Ascension Join Synaptic Health Alliance
These new additions to the Synaptic Health Alliance demonstrate an increasing belief among insurers that blockchain will improve the accuracy and exchange of critical healthcare data Is blockchain technology ready for widespread use within healthcare? New developments show a growing interest among major health insurers to incorporate blockchain technology into their ongoing operations. As this […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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UnitedHealthcare Offers Apple Watches to Wellness Program Participants Who Meet Fitness Goals; Clinical Laboratories Can Participate and Increase Revenues
Mobile, wearable, mHealth monitoring devices are a key element of many employer fitness programs and clinical laboratories can play an important role in their success For years Dark Daily has encouraged clinical laboratories to get involved in corporate wellness programs as a way to support their local communities and increase revenues. Now, leveraging the popularity […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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Many Hospital Laboratories Must Report PAMA Private Payer Clinical Lab Test Price Data as ‘Applicable Labs’ in 2019, But Lack Systems and Expertise for This Task
Medicare officials are including most hospital laboratories in this PAMA data reporting cycle, but hospitals face $10,000/day federal penalties for not filing, filing late, or filing incomplete or inaccurate data Clinical laboratories operated by hospitals and health systems could prove to be a game changer for the lab industry in this upcoming PAMA private payer […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 13, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Laboratory Testing Management & Operations Webinars Source Type: news

Implementing a New EHR at the Veterans Administration Is Taking Longer and Costing More than Earlier Estimates
With a now-estimated price tag of $16.1 billion, federal regulators and government representatives question the VA’s replacement for their VistA medical records system Originally estimated to cost $10 billion, a contract to replace the federal Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) electronic health record (EHR) system will now cost $16.1 billion, according to new estimates, and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 11, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Compliance, Legal, and Malpractice Laboratory Hiring & Human Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Pathology Management & Operations Source Type: news

Rural, For-Profit Hospitals Closing at an Alarming Rate Putting Some Independent Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups at Risk
Most of the hospital closures occurred in states that did not expand their Medicaid programs following the Affordable Care Act of 2014 Sustained financial pressure is not limited to clinical laboratories. Rural hospitals are under grave financial pressure as well. These hospitals are particularly vulnerable, and many have closed their doors, leaving local physicians and […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 8, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Clinical Laboratory/ Pathology Coding, Billing, and Collection Resources Laboratory Management and Operations Laboratory News Laboratory Operations Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

Microbiologists Determine That Workout Warriors Are Drinking from Reusable Water Bottles Contaminated with Bacteria Found to Cause Hospital-Acquired Infections
Brazilian study finds Staph, E. coli, and other bacteria that contribute to hospital-acquired infections in reusable water bottles used by members of multiple fitness centers In the latest example of Microbiologists swabbing and culturing samples taken from common, everyday items, a research team in Brazil has found germs associated with hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) infections on […] (Source: Dark Daily)
Source: Dark Daily - February 6, 2019 Category: Laboratory Medicine Authors: Jude Tags: Laboratory Pathology Source Type: news

Customized Cancer Vaccines Based on Individual Patients ’ DNA Could Soon Be a Reality, Might Require Diagnostic Support from Anatomic Pathology Labs
Pharmaceutical developers are combining genetic sequencing and precision medicine to create new drug therapies and cancer treatments designed for specific patients Most anatomic pathologists are aware of the rapid advances in the field of cancer immunotherapy—sometimes also called immune-oncology. This is an area of healthcare where precision medicine and personal genetics become crucial elements in […] (Source: Dark Daily)
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