Understanding requirements of digital pathology workflow matters as regulatory and reimbursement elements align toward wider adoption beyond 2023. Upcoming Dark Daily webinar May 10 to cover infrastructure requirements
Nearly all pathology residents and fellows, as well as many histologists and other medical students, have been trained using digital images and, therefore, digital pathology tools. This resounds as a major and important development now working in tandem with recent coding decisions and regulatory recommendations that may combine to advance digital pathology to a significant tipping point.
As Dark Daily’s sister publication, The Dark Report, has described in great detail over the past several years, the trend toward digital pathology implementation started in the mid-2000s. Much has been learned through trial and error that may make the practical path forward clearer for those still on the sidelines.
Digital pathology infrastructure and information technology (IT) requirements are better known after years of research at academic centers throughout the United States—but only for those closest to the action. Two examples are University of Southern California (USC) on the West Coast and Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) on the East Coast.
During a free 60-minute educational webinar on May 10, W. Dean Wallace, MD, (far left) of University of Southern California (USC) and Orly Ardon, PhD, MBA, (immediate left) of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) will explain digital pathology infrastructure, IT, and lessons learned through firsthand experiences. The webinar is sponsored by Hamamatsu, and continuing education credit is available for listening.(Photo copyrights: USC and MSKCC.)
Seven Advantages of Early Adoption of Whole Slide Imaging and Digital Pathology
Many pathologists know that academic centers throughout the U.S. have been the first to adopt and use digital pathology scanners and systems. Early work in what have become custom digital pathology ecosystems has enabled academic pathology groups to:
Learn how to implement, validate, and design workflows that include digital pathology systems and computational pathology.
Determine how physical environments need to change for slide scanners, achieving quality images, maximizing scanner utility, and expanding scanning capabilities in medium- and high-throughput laboratories.
Contract with pharmaceutical companies and drug developers to read digital images in support of drug research and clinical trials.
Understand how digital pathology applies for various use cases, including primary diagnosis, frozen section diagnosis, consultations, second opinions, and telepathology.
Successfully spread pathologist technical and professional support across multiple laboratory locations and remote customers.
Learn best practices for conducting tumor boards and peer reviews of pathology cases.
Validate and verify new hematoxylin and eosin (H&E) stains.
Hospital and Lab Leaders Have Questions About Digital Pathology Requirements
As a result of early adopter projects, digital pathology infrastructure and IT requirements are better understood and documented for a variety of use cases, according to W. Dean Wallace, MD, Professor of Pathology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Wallace specializes in pulmonary and renal pathology with a strong interest in informatics, as well as radiology and pathology correlation, and he warns of the danger of implementing an “incomplete digital pathology system.”
This webinar is for hospital and health system leaders, as well as independent pathology groups and reference lab executives, who want to know:
Key workflow aspects of the components needed in a digital pathology service.
Common limitations of commercial digital pathology products.
How to structure a digital pathology implementation team.
A goal-based approach to developing a business case for digital pathology implementation.
Wallace and Orly Ardon, PhD, MBA, Director of Digital Pathology Operations at MSKCC, will lead the call and take questions during the webinar’s live Q&A segment.
Questions About Digital Pathology Implementation
At MSKCC, teams have scanned and archived more than six million histology slides and are prospectively scanning all in-house H&E slides.
“There is a lot of interest out there for digital pathology implementation,” Ardon told Dark Daily, “not only the AI-machine learning opportunities that are enabled with digital slides, but how do we even start a basic digital pathology journey. Institutions and labs don’t realize how many factors they have to think about before they start scanning the first slide.”
“People have limited understanding of the complexities of the business case,” Wallace added. “Do you want to go with a full 100% deployment or a targeted deployment? Do you want to get digital pathology to support tumor boards? By introducing scanners into the tumor board workflow, you can actually cause more problems than you are solving if you are not careful.
“The other aspect of it is the actual technical deployments. You need to begin with careful analysis of functions or services to support,” Wallace said, adding the soft costs of digital pathology can take lab and pathology administrators by surprise.
Ardon and Wallace will present their insights and experiences during the webinar, which has been sponsored by Hamamatsu. Those interested can learn more and register at Dark Dailyhere. P.A.C.E. credit is available for this program through the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS).
On the Horizon: Incentives and Further Alignment Toward Digital Pathology Adoption
Dark Daily’s new webinar is timely. Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) entered what has been called a “tryout” period to gather data about the use of new, digital-pathology-related Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes in clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. (See coverage in The Dark Report.)
Some believe the efforts of CMS, clinical labs, and pathology groups will result in new reimbursable codes, reimbursement values, and other incentives for using digital pathology (starting sometime in 2024)—if analysis shows use of digital pathology is as widespread as numerous publications would seem to indicate.
The CPT coding development coincides with recent discussions within the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) about sweeping recommendations to allow continued remote work once the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency ends on May 11 and recognize digital data as a vital component of diagnostic specimens. (See coverage in The Dark Report.)
CLIAC’s recommendations may translate into a running start for modernizing the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). CLIA as it is written currently is dated and needs to account for new and emerging technologies, such as digital pathology, medical laboratory industry sources have said for years. (See a recent Dark Report – Dark Daily webinar.)
These developments, as they further align with actions by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), could unleash swells of interest in onboarding whole slide scanners and digital pathology tools. Remote workflows became a priority during the COVID-19 pandemic, and it appears they will continue for a period as the Public Health Emergency unwinds, according to the FDA.
Watch Digital Pathology Implementation Strategies
Most executives at hospitals and health systems, private pathology practices, and independent reference labs are on the sidelines watching how digital pathology in research and clinical practice is unfolding.
However, as the pathology field integrates data science and computational pathology, forward-looking hospital and lab leaders can expect greater momentum toward advanced technologies, such as digital pathology tools.
Register here to participate in the upcoming webinar, “Digital Pathology Implementation Strategies.”
This content was developed through independent research and interviews by The Dark Intelligence Group, with support from Hamamatsu Photonics K.K., a provider of whole slide imaging systems and related technology such as optical sensors, light sources, and complex instrument systems that use them. Hamamatsu did not participate in the article’s development. Learn more about Hamamatsu at https://nanozoomer.hamamatsu.com/us/en.html.
As reimbursement for digital pathology services starts to potentially become a reality, more hospital, clinical laboratory, and reference lab leaders will explore the technology.
Do you know where to start with implementing a digital pathology program for your hospital, health system, or independent pathology group to make the best use of your budget?“Digital Pathology Implementation Strategies,” hosted by Dark Daily and sponsored by Hamamatsu, aired May 10, 2023, and is now available for free streaming.
Pathologists, hospital executives, and lab leaders need help cutting through frequently published news and commentary about digital pathology. They will find this new webinar practical and incisive for gaining a foothold on what to do for digital pathology should regulatory and reimbursement decisions rapidly evolve in favor of greater digital pathology adoption in the U.S.
Pathology is in a time of rapid change. Use this free, 60-minute Dark Daily webinar as a practical update and an essential tool.
W. Dean Wallace, MD, is a Professor of Pathology at the Keck School of Medicine at University of Southern California (USC). Dr. Wallace’s ongoing work in informatics and digital pathology includes collaborative efforts in radiology and pathology correlation and implementation of digital pathology into standard pathology practice workflows. Other areas of research include creation of novel pathology staining techniques using machine learning technology.
Orly Ardon, PhD, MBA, is the Director of Digital Pathology Operations at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s Pathology Department and the Scientific Operations Investigator at the Warren Alpert Center for Digital and Computational Pathology. Dr. Ardon is leading the digital scanning team and operations of the different scanning initiatives and collaborations at MSKCC. Her research interests include digital pathology technologies, laboratory process improvements, and healthcare economics.
• Understand key workflow aspects of the components needed in a digital pathology service • Gain an understanding of common limitations of commercial digital pathology products • Clarify how to structure your digital pathology implementation team • Learn a goal-based approach to develop your business case for digital pathology implementation in hospitals, health systems, and independent pathology groups
Some lab experts advise that clinical laboratories and pathology practices should also plan on delayed payments for COVID-19 testing for uninsured patients
Regardless of whether infection rates for SARS-CoV-2 continue to wane or perhaps surge again, business changes are coming for staff at clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. Forward-thinking lab administrators will want to evaluate post-pandemic strategies for labs to stay ahead of potential legal issues and keep their organizations financially healthy.
The public health emergency stemming from COVID-19 is set to expire April 16. That deadline could be extended. However, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is under pressure from some circles to end the public health emergency, which would affect some health insurance provisions and potentially rein in relaxed rules for telemedicine.
On March 22, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that its COVID-19 Uninsured Program stopped accepting claims for testing and treatment due to lack of sufficient funds. This development affects 8.6% of the nation’s population that doesn’t have medical insurance, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.
For clinical laboratories, the announcement could lead to delayed payments for COVID-19 tests performed on uninsured patients, said Mick Raich, President of Revenue Cycle Management Consulting at Lighthouse Lab Services, who also spoke during the webinar. Medical laboratories and pathology groups should anticipate reimbursement gaps and how that might affect revenues collected from payers.
“Labs are going to do the testing and are going to bill for it, and there will probably be some retroactive payment,” Raich explained.
With midterm elections happening this year, don’t be surprised to see HRSA funding reinstated for COVID-19 testing for uninsured people, commented Robert Michel, Editor-in-Chief of The Dark Report and Founder of the Executive War College.
“We’ll have to wait and see. After all, it is an election year, so the representatives and senators in Congress would like to be re-elected,” added Michel, who also presented during the webinar.
“It is reasonable to assume that members of Congress don’t want to disappoint the clinical laboratories that stepped up to the table in the earliest days of the pandemic and have done huge volumes of COVID-19 testing.”
Preparations for Government Audits of Pandemic Testing
Another post-pandemic strategy for labs: Prepare for audits of COVID-19 test claims from the HHS Office of Inspector General (OIG).
Ahead of any OIG action, labs should consider performing self-audits to determine whether they complied with HRSA requirements. “The best thing you can do is go back and look at the first two months of your billing. Do an audit to ask: Did we bill anybody with insurance by accident?” Raich suggested. “Take a hundred of those claims and audit them.”
If a medical lab finds problems with uninsured COVID-19 billing, it may be prudent to self-report those discrepancies to the government rather than ignore them. “That looks a lot better to the OIG than tucking the stuff in a desk drawer and waiting for someone to knock on your door,” Raich noted.
Harol predicted the OIG will also review another aspect of how COVID-19 test claims were coded. Auditors will want to see if PCR test claims coded for higher reimbursement if the results were reported within 48 hours actually met that requirement.
“I expect that we’ll see auditing of the coding that was used. Under COVID, you got paid more if you were running tests on a high-throughput platform. It was almost an honor system there. I don’t know that I’ve seen much outside verification of that,” Harol explained. “I’m curious to see if there will be OIG pushback and more documentation required to prove the code was correct.”
Repurposing PCR Equipment Used for COVID-19 Testing
When the pandemic finally winds down, there will be less demand for COVID-19 testing, which could leave PCR equipment collecting dust unless labs make plans now on how to repurpose those systems.
“If you have a PCR instrument that can be revalidated, you want to start thinking about putting in a panel that tests for UTIs, sexually transmitted diseases, respiratory diseases, or women’s health,” Harol explained. “Those types of tests can be done on the equipment that a lot of COVID testing was being performed on, and it can be performed by the same scientists with that same skillset. That’s the low-hanging fruit.”
The next step is more complicated: Moving into the future, clinical laboratories need to determine what menu of tests will meet the needs of patients who previously submitted COVID-19 specimens for testing.
“The patient relationship is going to be the most important thing. That puts labs at the head of the table,” Harol continued. “How can you market your laboratory services directly to patients who might be interested?”
Watch for Developments in Telemedicine
Any post-pandemic strategies for labs will be influenced by how state governments and federal health officials regulate telemedicine in the future.
Pathologists and clinical laboratory directors should keep their eyes on whether telemedicine rules revert to more onerous requirements once the public health emergency lifts. Before the pandemic, rules for physicians licensed in one state generally limited when they could practice over state lines through telemedicine.
“In response to the pandemic, both the federal government and the states relaxed many prohibitions on the practice of medicine across state lines. This is significant for pathologists,” Michel said. “There is speculation that once government officials let this genie out of the bottle regulatory-wise, they won’t be able to put it back in. Thus, there are many predictions that officials at the state and federal level will be under pressure to retain the newer telemedicine rules after the pandemic has ended.”
Telemedicine proved to be a big benefit for Medicare patients during the pandemic. A report from HHS in December indicated telehealth visits in 2020 for Medicare beneficiaries increased 63 times, from approximately 840,000 in 2019 to 52.7 million. That fact should catch the attention of clinical lab managers and pathologists who want to keep their labs at the front edge of clinical services. For Medicare beneficiaries who see their physicians virtually, labs need the capability to access that patient so as to collect the samples needed to perform those tests ordered by the physician during the telehealth consultation.
Abbott sends the SARS-CoV-2 test results directly to patients’ smartphones, which can be displayed to gain entrance into areas requiring proof of COVID-19 testing
There is no greater example that COVID-19 is a major force for change in the clinical laboratory industry than the fact that—though the US federal government pays 50% of the nation’s total annual healthcare spend of $3.5 trillion—it recently spent $760 million to purchase 150 million COVID-19 tests from Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), an American multinational medical devices and healthcare company headquartered in Abbott Park, Ill., “to expand strategic, evidence-based testing in the United States,” according to the company’s website.
In August, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted an emergency use authorization (EUA) to Abbott for its BinaxNOW portable rapid-response COVID-19 antigen (Ag) test. The credit-card sized test costs $5 and can return clinical laboratory test results in minutes, rather than hours, days, or in some cases, weeks, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) reported.
The test includes a free smartphone app called NAVICA, which enables those tested to receive their test results directly on their mobile devices—bypassing the patient’s primary care physicians.
According to Abbott’s website, the app “allows people who test negative to get an encrypted temporary digital NAVICA Pass, similar to an airline boarding pass. NAVICA-enabled organizations will be able to verify an individual’s negative COVID-19 test results by scanning the individual’s digital NAVICA Pass to facilitate entry into facilities.”
This feature of Abbott’s new COVID-19 test is a good example of how quickly innovation in the medical laboratory testing profession is bringing new features and new capabilities to the marketplace. By marrying the SARS-CoV-2 test with the NAVICA Pass feature, Abbott hopes to deliver increased value—not just to physicians and their patients—but also to employers with employee screening programs and federal government programs designed to screen federal employees, as well as being used for screening travelers at airports and other transportation hubs.
Abbott appears to be banking that in the future such identification will be required to “enter organizations and other places where people gather,” as the company’s website states.
Testing Limited to CLIA-Certified Clinical Laboratories
An HHS news release announcing the government’s planned distribution of the BinaxNOW tests stated that “Testing will be potentially deployed to schools and to assist with serving other special needs populations.”
In the news release, Alex Azar, HHS Secretary, said, “By strategically distributing 150 million of these tests to where they’re needed most, we can track the virus like never before and protect millions of Americans at risk in especially vulnerable situations.”
Demand for COVID-19 testing has created opportunities for in vitro diagnostics (IVD) companies that can develop and bring tests to market quickly.
Recent issues of Dark Daily’s sister print publication—The Dark Report (TDR)—covered IVD companies’ second quarter (Q2) boom in sales of COVID-19 instruments and tests, while also noting a fall-off in routine clinical laboratory testing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Abbott Laboratories saw molecular diagnostics sales increase 241% in Q2 driven by $283 million in sales of COVID-19 testing, while rapid diagnostic COVID-19 testing rose 11% on $180 million in sales in Q2, TDR reported, based on Abbott data.
“There is huge economic incentive for diagnostic companies to develop technologies that can be used to create rapid tests that are cheap to perform,” said Robert Michel, Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of TDR and Dark Daily. “In this sense, COVID is a major force for change.”
Thus, Abbott is determined to ensure this product launch is successful and that the test works as promised. According to a news release, “In data submitted to the FDA from a clinical study conducted by Abbott with several leading US research universities, the BinaxNOW COVID-19 Ag Card demonstrated sensitivity of 97.1% (positive percent agreement) and specificity of 98.5% (negative percent agreement) in patients suspected of COVID-19 by their healthcare provider within the first seven days of symptom onset.”
“The massive scale of this test and app will allow tens of millions of people to have access to rapid and reliable testing,” said Joseph Petrosino, PhD, professor and chairman, Molecular Virology and Microbiology, Baylor College of Medicine, in the Abbott news release. “With lab-based tests, you get excellent sensitivity but might have to wait days or longer to get the results. With a rapid antigen test, you get a result right away, getting infectious people off the streets and into quarantine so they don’t spread the virus.”
Abbott has invested hundreds of millions of dollars in two manufacturing facilities where the tests will be made, John Hackett Jr, PhD, an immunologist and Abbott’s Divisional Vice President Applied Research and Technology, and lead scientist on the BinaxNOW project, told The Atlantic.
“Our nation’s frontline healthcare workers and clinical laboratory personnel have been under siege since the onset of this pandemic,” said Charles Chiu, MD, PhD, professor of Laboratory Medicine at University of California, San Francisco, in the Abbott news release. “The availability of rapid testing for COVID-19 will help support overburdened laboratories, accelerate turnaround times, and greatly expand access to people who need it.”
However, other experts are not so sure. In the Atlantic article, Michael Mina MD, PhD, Assistant Professor Epidemiology at Harvard’s T.H. Chan School of Public Health, voiced the need to test both asymptomatic and pre-symptomatic people. “This is the type of [COVID-19] test we have been waiting for—but may not be the test.”
Nevertheless, the federal government’s investment is significant. Abbott plans to start shipping tens of millions of tests in September and produce 50 million tests per month starting in October, Forbes reported.
Shifting Clinical Laboratory Paradigms
BinaxNOW will be performed without doctors’ orders, in a variety of locations, and results go directly to patients’ smartphone—without a pathologist’s interpretation and medical laboratory report. This is new ground and the impact on non-CLIA labs, and on healthcare in general, is yet to be seen.
Clinical laboratory managers will want to monitor the rise of rapid-response tests that can be easily accessed, conducted, and reported on without physician input.
But how can clinical
laboratories alert physicians and their parent hospitals to the real value they
offer to improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare costs? Though lab leaders
may understand their medical lab’s complexity, accessibility, and impact, the
question is how to direct the effort. The answer lies in a risk that some laboratory
directors may not have considered.
Value-based healthcare systems include hospital-based medical laboratories as an essential part of their integrated health system. And, to lower the cost of care, healthcare systems involved in value-based care know they must become better at coordinating care and offering precision medicine services to their patients.
Year-by-year, more integrated health systems are learning how to eliminate gaps in care and become more proactive in delivering care that helps keep patients healthy. However, the task of leveraging the clinical laboratory in a strategic approach to demonstrating value in those health systems remains daunting. One of the goals of the Clinical Lab 2.0 model developed by the Project Santa Fe Foundation clinical laboratory organization is to demonstrate how labs can achieve two goals:
Create added-value services that improve patient care; and
Have health insurers, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and health networks pay remuneration to the clinical labs for those added-value services.
Clinical Chemists, and MTs Leave Thy Medical Labs
Expert panelists of a recent webinar hosted by Dark Daily and sponsored by Sunquest Information Systems suggested ways that clinical laboratories could better position themselves to be an asset for their organizations. One way to do this is to get their clinical pathologists, PhDs, and medical technologists out of the lab and engaged with physicians, nurses, and other clinical staff in specific ways that influence the healthcare organization’s overall performance in delivering better patient outcomes at less cost.
Changes That Will Impact All Clinical Laboratories
speakers discussed how clinical laboratories can strategically position
themselves to be successful in today’s evolving healthcare industry. They
predicted several fundamental changes would take place or continue. These
continued shift away from pure fee-for-service payment (volume) to value-based
reimbursement that rewards improved patient outcomes;
discussion regarding prevention of illnesses, chronic diseases, and personal
focus on primary care and proactive care;
advances in science and technology that will spark development of new healthcare
trend toward consumerism, as more patients pay a larger portion of their
healthcare expenses and shop for hospitals, doctors, and labs; and
cost pressure on healthcare organizations and their medical laboratories.
It was noted
during the panel discussion that, even as the US spends more than any other
country in the world on healthcare, it has some of the worst overall outcomes.
“I always think in terms of stakeholders and the number one
stakeholder for any clinical laboratory or healthcare system is always the
customer,” said Peters. “The lab’s customer is the ordering physician. So, it’s
important that labs ‘speak their language’ and understand that the physician’s
customer is the patient.”
Clinical laboratories also must be aware of what a
particular healthcare system is trying to accomplish. “Lab leaders should stay
in constant touch with where the market is, where the system is, and where
reform is,” said Oravetz. “And realize there are things that can be done today
to set up for what’s coming tomorrow.”
Terese said that
for a clinical laboratory to survive during this rapid transformation of
the US healthcare system—or at least continue to thrive—it needs to engage with
the strategic and clinical initiatives guiding every health system around the
country. “There is tremendous opportunity for clinical laboratories to not only
support that transition, but to actually help drive it,” he said. “There’s
nothing wrong with thinking of your medical laboratory as a leader of these
initiatives, versus just as a follower of what the organization is doing.”
Key elements of
the webinar that will be of interest to clinical laboratories include:
of clinical laboratories navigating the transition from volume to value-based
and update on fundamental changes coming to the US healthcare industry that
impact clinical laboratories;
case for demonstrating the value of clinical labs to healthcare organizations;
ways to elevate the value of clinical labs within an integrated healthcare network.
The experts on this special discussion panel agree that US
healthcare and the clinical laboratory marketplace is in a time of transition.
Pathologists and medical laboratory scientists have an opportunity to position
themselves as leaders and changemakers to the benefit of patients, as well as their
parent hospitals and health networks.
This free webinar can be a critical tool for leadership
training within every clinical laboratory. It can be used to give lab managers
and lab staff fresh insights into the changes happening in healthcare. Insights
that can guide strategic planning and inspire laboratory-led projects to
collaborate with physicians and improve patient care.
Download this webinar for free by clicking here. (Or, copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://darkintelligenceprogramsondemand.uscreen.io/programs/listen-learn-lead-uncover-ways-you-can-position-your-lab-as-a-strategic-pillar-of-the-healthcare-organization.)
Medicare officials are including most hospital laboratories in this PAMA data reporting cycle, but hospitals face $10,000/day federal penalties for not filing, filing late, or filing incomplete or inaccurate data
Clinical laboratories operated by hospitals and health systems could prove to be a game changer for the lab industry in this upcoming PAMA private payer lab test price reporting cycle. But that upside comes with risk.
This makes the current PAMA reporting period a high-stakes
endeavor, because unprepared clinical laboratories could face federal fines of
$10,000/day. The reporting eligibility requirements are broad and may leave unprepared
clinical laboratories at significant risk.
“Receive more than 50% of their Medicare revenues from laboratory and physician services during a data collection period.
“Laboratories will collect private [payer] data from January
1, 2019, through June 30, 2019, and report it to CMS by March 31, 2020.”
In addition to shrinking margins, increased competition,
reduced reimbursement rates, and ever-changing regulations, clinical
laboratories now face new fines that could prove financially catastrophic for
even the largest, most efficient labs.
New Rules and
Reporting Requirements Threaten Unprepared Labs
Healthcare reform continues to reshape how healthcare is both delivered and billed across the country. GenomeWeb reported in 2017 that CMS expects PAMA to save the government $3.93 billion by 2028.
While medical laboratories continue to grapple with the
impact of reduced reimbursement rates under PAMA’s revised CLFS final rule, the
new rules for what constitutes an “applicable lab” and the new reporting
requirements that started January 1, 2019, add yet another level of complexity
to reporting and compliance concerns.
Rodney Forsman, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Lab Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, in Rochester, MN, told Dark Daily that “Laboratories must work to identify reporting concerns, billing and IT limitations, and identify current statutes and limitations to present to compliance officers and stakeholders. Failure to do so could leave labs liable for fines of up to $10,000 per day.”
Compliance Will Be a
He further emphasizes that compliance with reporting
requirements will involve a range of stakeholders within the hospital and its
laboratory. Information technology (IT) teams, compliance officers, laboratory C-suite
executives, and billing departments all will play a role in implementing the
changes needed and reporting the data required.
Therefore, understanding exactly what regulations require—and
what is at stake—is crucial to not only implement critical changes, but to ensure
that the lab understands and is on-board with said changes.
Understanding the new collection and reporting
Assessing billing and IT limitations in relation
to reporting requirements; and,
Implementing proper data capture and validation
systems ahead of data submission.
The latest updates to PAMA reporting
Actionable information for applicable labs
required to meet them.
The speakers will also cover concerns for hospital outreach programs and specific CMS 1450 14X Type of Bill (TOB) billing changes to help hospital COOs, CFOs, CIOs, contract officers, and compliance officers understand the latest implications of ongoing PAMA requirements.
Laboratory directors, managers, administrators, and IT and
billing staff will want to attend this critical webinar to learn essential PAMA
reporting considerations and pitfalls to avoid.
(To register for this
critical Feb. 20th webinar, click here. Or, copy and paste this URL into your browser: https://www.darkdaily.com/webinar/pama-in-2019-what-labs-need-to-know-to-collect-data-report-on-time-and-avoid-10000-per-day-penalties/.)