Millennial Clinical Laboratory Managers Went Digital with Their Networking at Last Week’s Executive War College

With Millennials soon to make up the majority of the medical laboratory workforce, it’s only natural that digital networking is gaining momentum at events like the Executive War College Attendees at last week’s Executive War College Conference on Laboratory and Pathology Management in New Orleans will tell you that the mobile app used by participants was on fire. At any hour during the in-person event in New Orleans, attendees scheduled meetups, participants asked questions to conference...

Clinical Laboratories Still Struggle with Write-offs and Establishing Patient Relationships

Potentially increasing the revenue write-off burden for clinical laboratories, HRSA changes, insurance contracting, policy and coverage questions for genetic and genomic testing, and patient relationship disconnects will expose cracks in lab test claim generation and billing processes Last year it was estimated that collection agencies held $140 billion in unpaid medical bills, in addition to the amount of unpaid bills in pre-collection status, according to a New York Times report. More...

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb to Headline Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Diagnostics Conference

Gottlieb will speak about the state of AI in healthcare at the event May 11-12 Medical technicians in clinical laboratories and pathology groups may worry that artificial intelligence (AI) will eventually put them out of their jobs. However, that’s not likely to be the case, according to former Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Scott Gottlieb. He was just announced as a top speaker at the Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Diagnostics (AIHD) Conference, which takes place...

EKRA Now Used to Combat Fraudulent COVID-19 Testing, Too

The Department of Justice steps beyond the law’s original focus on opioid-related lab testing fraud An interesting aspect with enforcement of the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) is the government’s willingness to go after charges tied to fraudulent COVID-19 testing.  The case U.S. vs. Malena Badon Lepetich provides a good example of this approach. A grand jury indicted Lepetich on various healthcare fraud charges last year, including that she allegedly offered to pay...

Clinical Laboratory Conferences Continue to Tackle COVID-19 Protocols to Put Attendees at Ease

Proof of vaccination, masking, and availability of on-site testing will continue to be measures taken at in-person events for pathologists and medical laboratory professionals Organizers of in-person clinical laboratory conferences face an interesting dilemma as they plan events in 2022: Where do they draw the line with COVID-19 safety protocols? On one hand, the surge of cases caused by the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant seems to be in its waning stages and large swaths of the population are...

Clinical Laboratories Suffer During the ‘Great Resignation’

Labs need to rethink recruitment tactics to successfully hire younger workers We’ve heard a lot anecdotally about the “Great Resignation”—a labor phenomenon rooted in the pandemic that has led to an abnormally large amount of workers, including lab professionals, quitting their jobs. The trend has hit healthcare hard, as evidenced by the latest numbers from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. From August 2021 through December 2021, the healthcare and social assistance workforce saw nearly 2.8...
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