Are Clinical Laboratories Prepared to Cope with Outrage Over Surprise Medical Billing? Patient Access Management May Be an Effective Solution

Consumer demand and federal requirements for price transparency affect how clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups meet patients’ expectations while navigating complex payer agreements Regardless of a clinical laboratory’s payer mix and revenue cycle management (RCM) system, the demand for greater price transparency impacts laboratory services just as it does other healthcare services. Addressing new federal policies that support price transparency may require medical laboratory...

Kroger Prescription Plans Partners with Myriad Genetics to Offer GeneSight Genetic Tests and Genetic Counseling in Kroger Pharmacies

Clinical laboratories may soon find opportunities to assist retail pharmacists who are doing genetic test counseling, as employers’ support of genetic testing advances In another market example of acceptance of genetic tests by major employers, a new pilot program is underway by Kroger Prescription Plans that offers GeneSight by Myriad Genetics as a benefit. GeneSight is an LDT, a laboratory-developed pharmacogenomic test, used to treat psychiatric disorders, such as depression. As part of the...

Cambridge University Researchers Recode E. Coli DNA to Create Living, Reproducing Bacteria with Entirely Synthetic DNA

Clinical pathologists may not see new diagnostics based on the technology anytime soon, but synthetic DNA could be immune to virus infections Can DNA of bacteria be manipulated to create new bacteria that can be used to manufacture useful things? Should scientists be creating life from lifelessness? Researchers at University of Cambridge in the UK think so. They have synthesized the entire DNA of E. coli and produced a synthetic life-form that reproduces and behaves very similarly to its...

Skeptical Missouri Pathologist Played a Key Role in Wall Street Journal Reporter John Carreyrou’s Expose´ Of Medical Lab Test Company Theranos

Fawning media coverage Theranos’ blood-test claims ended once experts spoke out, showing the importance of strong relationships between pathologist and journalists Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reporter John Carreyrou’s investigation into former Silicon Valley darling Theranos is credited with turning the spotlight on the blood-testing company’s claims and questionable technology. However, Carreyrou’s investigation may never have happened without the assistance of Missouri pathologist Adam...

Direct-to-Consumer Lab Test Start-Up EverlyWell Puts Clinical Laboratory Tests on Shelves at CVS and Target

If direct-to-consumer testing continues to attract healthcare consumers and financial investors, medical laboratories could have a new source of revenue Many have tried but few have found the right formula to offer medical laboratory tests directly to consumers. Direct-to-consumer lab testing as a robust business model has been an elusive goal. But now one entrepreneur wants to crack this market and just attracted $50 million in venture capital to fund her idea! Outsiders often establish...

Walmart Flies Employees to Top Hospitals for Surgeries in a Bid to Cut Healthcare Costs

Case study in Harvard Business Review showcases retailer’s blueprint for employer-generated healthcare reform and shows clinical laboratories that employers are price-shopping Healthcare reforms that curb costs while improving outcomes have been an elusive goal at both the federal and private insurance levels. Now, Walmart (NYSE:WMT) may have found a plan that works, and it may have implications for clinical laboratories. In an effort to curb healthcare spending while ensuring workers have...