California Healthline Report Finds Hospital Chargemaster Prices Fluctuate Dramatically Even Among Hospitals Located Near Each Other

Though federal law requires hospitals to publicly display their prices, including their medical laboratory test prices, the information can be confusing, hard to find, and overwhelmingly complex Hospital chargemaster prices can vary dramatically among hospitals that share the same healthcare markets. That’s what California Healthline found in a recent survey of hospitals in Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif. The price differences were huge and could keep patients located in certain areas within...

Damo Consulting Survey Predicts Future Health Network Spending Will Primarily be on Improving EHRs; Could be Positive Development for Medical Laboratories

Survey shows healthcare providers plan to wait for AI and digital health technologies to mature before making major investments in them Clinical laboratories must develop strategies for connecting to their client doctors’ electronic health record (EHR) systems. Thus, a new survey that predicts most healthcare networks will continue to focus health information technology (HIT) spending on improving their EHRs—rather than investing in artificial intelligence (AI) and digital healthcare—provides...

Innovative Programs by Geisinger Health and Kaiser Permanente Are Moving Providers in Unexplored Directions in Support of Proactive Clinical Care

These initiatives are a call-to-action for clinical laboratories to contribute their expertise in support of wellness programs Two of the largest healthcare systems in America are moving in non-traditional directions to proactively address certain healthcare populations. Most recently, Kaiser Permanente announced it will be investing millions of dollars to tackle homelessness and the disease outbreaks associated with it. The health system is even investing in a housing complex in Oakland,...

Multiomics Genetic Research May Give Clinical Laboratories New Capabilities in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancers in Children

Three-platform genetic sequencing offers hope for improved pediatric oncology diagnostics and precision medicine therapies Dark Daily has long predicted that multiomics will someday play an important role in clinical laboratory diagnostic medicine. Now, new research from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital provides early evidence of that prediction coming to fruition.  Scientists at St. Jude’s have discovered that performing different genetic tests on pediatric cancer patients, and then...

Aspenti Health Takes Home Grand Prize in Nation’s First Clinical Lab 2.0 ‘Shark Tank’ Competition Showcasing Added-Value Clinical Success Stories

Vermont-based clinical laboratory company integrates social determinants of health (SDH) with lab data to help doctors at University of Vermont Health Network better manage their opioid patients Aspenti Health, a full-service diagnostic laboratory specializing in toxicology screening, has won the nation’s first ever Clinical Lab 2.0 “Shark Tank”! The competition was held May 2, 2019, in conjunction with the 24th Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management in New Orleans. The...

Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital Identify Ways That CRISPR DNA Base Editors Sometimes Unintentionally Alter RNA

These “off-target” genetic alterations demonstrate that certain CRISPR base editors need further refinement in a research finding of interest to pathologists Could CRISPR DNA-editing technology unintentionally effect RNA as well? A new study conducted at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) suggests that it can. Clinical laboratories doing genetic testing will want to understand why this research implies that refinements to CRISPR may be needed for it to be accurate in therapeutic...