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The Laboratory Executive’s Guide to Maximizing Revenue & Valuation: Effective Revenue Cycle and Compliance Management are Critical Success Factors

The laboratory business continues to face consolidation and margin pressure, with far fewer independent labs now than just a decade ago. A laboratory’s financial success and valuation is all about top line revenue, profitability, and minimizing risk— elements that can be positively impacted by state-of-the-art revenue cycle management. Oversight of the entire revenue cycle, by conducting a constant and consistent analysis of the front-to-back end revenue processes through specific tools and workflows, can maximize the efficiency and adaptability of all of the components of the revenue cycle process to net the greatest return.

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A Lab Leader’s Guide To Pharmacogenomic Testing (PGx)

The Dark Report is pleased to offer this FREE White Paper, providing an enlightening overview of pharmacogenomic testing and how PGx fits into current healthcare goals, a discussion of the obstacles healthcare providers, institutions and clinical diagnostic laboratories face in entering the pharmacogenomic testing market, and examples of how a cloud-based, Software-as-a-Service platform can help healthcare providers overcome those obstacles.

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3 Critical Rules for Surviving in 2017: Your Medical Laboratory’s Guide to Thriving in Today’s Healthcare Landscape

With less revenue flowing from reimbursements and more consumers footing the bill for diagnostic testing, counterbalancing lost revenue while better serving providers and patients is not an option—it is a must. The Dark Report is pleased to offer this FREE White Paper, exploring three critical rules innovative medical laboratories must take into account to combat new and drastic changes occurring in the lab industry, and outlining proactive steps that when taken, will serve as the foundation for clinical success in 2017 and beyond.

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How Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Can Succeed in Pharmacogenomics: What the Experts are Saying

Increasing understanding of the genetic basis of an individual’s response to drugs, including how and how quickly a drug is metabolized (pharmacodynamics and pharmacokinetics), has opened the door to an increasingly personalized approach to drug prescription. By identifying drugs most likely to benefit a patient, assessing the likely dose response, potentially avoiding adverse reactions, and reducing unnecessary use of drugs,  pharmacogenomics testing (PgX) is helping to optimize treatment and reduce costs associated with complications or inappropriate utilization.

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Molecular Information Management Systems (MIMS): Pathologists are Using MIMS To Revolutionize Personalized and Predictive Medicine

As molecular technology and personalized medicine increasingly becomes the default position for clinical diagnostics laboratories, these modalities place significant demands on laboratory information systems. Although hospitals and healthcare institutions often focus on an enterprise-wide electronic medical records system that includes a laboratory information system (LIS), those LIS’s do not typically have the functionality needed to handle current molecular testing needs, let alone those expected in the near future.

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Even Higher-Income Americans are Frustrated with High Health Insurance Costs; Many Drop Coverage and Switch to Concierge Care; Clinical Laboratories May Be Affected by Trend

From reduced medical laboratory test ordering to dealing with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are impacted daily by rising healthcare costs. Until now, however, one demographic was not affected—affluent...

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Top-10 List of the Most Studied Genes of All Time Includes Several Used in Clinical Laboratory Testing for Cancers, Other Diseases

Harvard School of Medicine researcher discovers only a fraction of all known human genes are ever included in research studies It seems every day that diagnostic test developers are announcing new genetic tests for everything from researching bloodlines to predicting...

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Consumers Buying Genealogy Gene Sequencing Tests in Record Numbers; Some Experts Concerned Data Could Be Misinterpreted

Genetic counselors struggle to explain direct-to-consumer genetic test data—or correct provider misinterpretations of results—while often encountering resistance and anger from patients who don’t accept their counseling Healthcare consumers who want to know more about...

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New At-Home CBC Device Enables Complete Blood Testing for Cancer Treatments and Biological/Viral Monitoring

Chronic disease monitoring at home has become a boon to patients as well as hospitals that are finding cost savings in programs designed to monitor/treat patients at external locations Many clinical pathologists and medical laboratory scientists will be wary about the...

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Healthcare Consumers in India Express Distrust of Their Nation’s Loosely Regulated Pathology Industry; Just 20% of Those Surveyed Voice “Trust” in Medical Laboratories They Use

Supreme Court of India ruling may finally ignite a crackdown on illegal medical laboratories that operate without a licensed pathologist What would happen if 80% of Americans did not trust the medical laboratories that run their diagnostic tests? What impact would...

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Lurking Below: NIH Study Reveals Surprising New Source of Antibiotic Resistance That Will Interest Microbiologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists

Genomic analysis of pipes and sewers leading from the National Institutes of Health Clinical Care Center in Bethesda, Md., reveals the presence of carbapenem-resistant organisms; raises concern about the presence of multi-drug-resistant bacteria previously undetected...

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Hospital-in-the-Home Shows Promise for Reducing Acute Care Costs; Medical Laboratories Face Uncertainties Concerning Expanding Services to In-Home Environments in Support of Care Providers

Despite logistics and test volume concerns for laboratories, hospital-in-the-home services promise to reduce cost and improve quality of care for patients who might be negatively impacted by the noise, stress, and germs of busy hospitals In April, The Washington Post...

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Colorado Hospitals Share Self-Pay Prices as New Transparency Law Takes Effect; Hospital Medical Laboratories and Anatomic Pathologists Working with Hospitals Could be Impacted

Regardless of potential confusion, the bill’s passage is seen as a positive step toward greater transparency by high-level members of the state’s government In an effort to promote price transparency in healthcare, Colorado legislators passed a new law requiring...

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Direct-to-Consumer Clinical Laboratory Test Developer, EverlyWell, Receives $1 Million in Funding from Shark Tank Investor

Direct-to-consumer medical laboratory testing company gets a major shot in the arm as developers find ready investors and increasing consumer demand Clinical laboratory tests, usually performed without fanfare, were thrust into the limelight during a recent episode of...

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The Laboratory Executive’s Guide to Maximizing Revenue & Valuation: Effective Revenue Cycle and Compliance Management are Critical Success Factors

The laboratory business continues to face consolidation and margin pressure, with far fewer independent labs now than just a decade ago. A laboratory’s financial success and valuation is all about top line revenue, profitability, and minimizing risk— elements that can be positively impacted by state-of-the-art revenue cycle management. Oversight of the entire revenue cycle, by conducting a constant and consistent analysis of the front-to-back end revenue processes through specific tools and workflows, can maximize the efficiency and adaptability of all of the components of the revenue cycle process to net the greatest return.

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