Double-Digit Increase in Medicare Advantage Plan Growth May Be Good News for Seniors but Bad News for Local Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups in 2019

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 Continuing enrollment growth in Medicare Advantage plans is expected in 2019 and beyond. The projections are for double-digit percentage increases in Medicare Advantage enrollees. This is not auspicious for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups because it means a...

With Experienced Baby Boomers Retiring in Ever-Larger Numbers, Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Use New Methods to Improve Productivity, Reduce Costs

All labs face the challenge of coping with shrinking budgets and staffing shortages, which is why coaching, management observation, and continuous improvement initiatives are proving helpful to medical laboratories It’s the biggest generational shift since baby boomers began working in clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. Across the nation, labs are watching their most experienced and knowledgeable medical technologists and other lab scientists retire. The need to train their...

UnitedHealth Group to Launch Electronic Health Records Platform in 2019; Will It Guide Physicians to Preferred Clinical Laboratory Providers?

Leveraging the user base of its existing Rally mobile wellness platform, UnitedHealth Group plans to expand its new electronic health records system to 50 million benefited members and one million healthcare providers by the end of 2019 Before the end of 2019, UnitedHealth Group plans to introduce an electronic health records (EHR) system that it developed internally. It has a ready market for such a system because of its 50 million beneficiaries and one million providers. But this EHR may...

Becker’s Hospital Review Lists Top Challenges Facing Hospitals and Health Networks in 2019

Rising cost of prescription drugs tops Becker’s list of ‘headwinds’ facing healthcare industry, but no clinical laboratory issues make the list Clinical laboratory managers and anatomic pathologists working in hospitals and health network systems will find their employers facing many familiar challenges in the coming year. And a report by Becker’s Hospital Review (Becker’s) predicts the top challenges it expects hospitals and health systems to encounter in 2019. Topping the list is the rising...

Nebula Genomics Offers FREE Whole Genome Sequencing to Customers Willing to Allow Their Data Be Used by Researchers for Drug Development

Different model for medical laboratory testing has customers receiving compensation for the use of their genetic data while maintaining control over who receives it and how it is used Clinical laboratory leaders and anatomic pathologists will agree that offering whole genome sequencing to customers for FREE is unique in the direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetics market. Nevertheless, Nebula Genomics (Nebula), a start-up genetics company in Massachusetts, has announced exactly that. Founded by...

Millennials Forge New Paths to Healthcare, Providing Opportunities for Clinical Laboratories

Time, cost, and technology are cited as reasons why Gen Y, or Millennials, choose non-traditional healthcare settings, such as urgent care centers, in greater numbers than other age groups Younger Americans increasingly seek healthcare through non-traditional means, such as urgent care centers and retail health clinics. This trend among Millennials (AKA, Gen Y) to seek healthcare outside of traditional medical settings could present opportunities for clinical laboratories and anatomic...