VA Engages Private Sector Companies in Major Telehealth Initiative to Bring Critical Healthcare Services to Thousands of Veterans Living in Remote Areas

Walmart, T-Mobile, and Philips have partnered with the VA and will be providing key resources that could offer opportunities for local clinical laboratories In what may prove to be a useful innovation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing a major expansion of its telehealth (aka, telemedicine) offerings. What adds interest to this effort is that veterans will be able to access telehealth services in such settings as selected posts run by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)...

What’s in the Name of a Clinical Laboratory Test? TRUU-Lab Initiative Strives to Make Test Names Easier for Doctors to Understand and Order

Different clinical labs use different names for the same medical laboratory test, causing confusion among doctors who order and interpret tests and adding risk to patient care Is there a common name for every unique medical laboratory test? Patients and consumers generally assume that to be so. But clinical pathologists, medical technologists, and other lab scientists know that different labs use different names for the same medical lab test and methodology. The lack of uniformity in how...

Does New Opioid Law Require Clinical Laboratories to Change How They Pay Sales Employees?

Recently enacted EKRA law prohibits payment activities that were legal under the previous Anti-Kickback Statute, confusing clinical laboratories and legal experts alike There is a relatively new law on the books that impacts clinical laboratories, and lab leaders tasked with ensuring compliance with federal statutes need to fully understand it because getting it wrong could have dire consequences. The Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment (SUPPORT) for...

PAMA Price Reporting Update: Insights to Help Prepare to Meet the Requirement

Prior (2018) price reporting cycle offers lessons that can help clinical laboratory benefit administrators and personnel take an informed approach to meeting the requirements of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) With the PAMA Private Payor Price Reporting period under way, some clinical laboratories may be grappling with questions about the new requirements. Under PAMA, applicable labs must report private payer data on selected Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (CDLTs) to...

Clinical Lab Management Learning Demand Drives Addition of Sessions at 24th Annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management

Clinical laboratory and pathology leaders need strategies and solutions for reversing the negative market forces that are eroding the financial stability of many of the nation’s independent medical labs While there are many national conferences in the clinical and anatomic pathology laboratory industry, the Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management is the only conference laser-focused on lab management, operations, and financial stability. This year, the demand for knowledge...

Scientific Paper on Private Equity Ownership in Dermatology is Removed from Peer-Reviewed Medical Journal’s Website After Dermatologists Complain

The paper’s authors stand by their research and claim “requested corrections” were to protect reputations and not correct inaccuracies Private equity companies have invested in and acquired clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups for the past 25 years. It’s not unusual to find private equity firms buying other medical specialty practices as well. But questioning the reasons behind such acquisitions by private corporations, or physicians’ participation in such practices is,...