University Study Suggests Cervical Microbiome Could Be Used by Medical Laboratories as Biomarker in Determining Women’s Risk for Cervical Cancer

Researchers find presence of “high-grade” precancerous lesions caused by human papillomavirus (HPV) associated with “richness” of cervical bacteria Could bacteria residing in the cervix of women be useful in screening for cervical cancer? That’s what a study into the...

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Compliance with New Federal EKRA Law Creates Uncertainties in How Clinical Laboratories Pay Commissions to Their Sales Teams

Vague language and last-minute additions to the federal SUPPORT Act of 2018 with its included EKRA provisions mean big changes to how clinical laboratories can legally compensate sales professionals for referrals Clinical laboratories may be at grave financial risk...

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Sonic Healthcare’s iMorpheus Program Helps Clinical Laboratories Receive Financial Rewards through Medicare’s Shared Savings Program

When medical laboratories work with doctors to help patients with chronic diseases get prompt care, everyone wins, and labs increase revenue When clinical laboratories agree to share their patient data and encounter information with physicians engaged in population...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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Medicare-for-All Bill Has Little Chance of Passage in Congress, Even as Universal Healthcare Debate Gains Momentum Among Democratic Presidential Hopefuls

Massive government takeover of healthcare would create single-payer healthcare system, doing away with Medicare Advantage and individual choice All clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups have a strong interest in how any reform of US healthcare at the...

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Mt. Sinai Hospital and Cactus Design Studio Create 8-Station Clinical/Research Laboratory to Assess Health and Prevent Disease

Lab100 is designed to be easily upgraded with the latest medical laboratory technologies for tracking patients’ health metrics and risk for chronic diseases Mount Sinai Hospital and Cactus, a New York City-based design studio, are creating a hybrid clinical...

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Researchers at Johns Hopkins University Use AI and Human Gut Bacteria to Predict Age of Microbiome Hosts

Clinical laboratories could soon have new tests for determining how fast a patient’s digestive system is aging as part of a precision medicine treatment protocol When it comes to assessing human age and longevity, much research has focused on telomeres in recent...

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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...

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Analytics Help Clinical Laboratories Minimize Risk and Remain Innovative as Esoteric and Molecular Testing Markets Grow

Data-driven proof supports decision-making that optimizes efficiency and boosts bottom lines in the face of shrinking margins and increased competition Molecular and esoteric testing developers continue to make advanced assays and diagnostic technologies available to...

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University of California San Diego Researchers Demonstrates How Easily Medical Laboratory Systems and Devices Can Be Compromised, Putting Patient Lives at Risk

Researchers stress the importance of preparing hospital and clinical laboratory information systems before a ‘major failure’ occurs Medical laboratory information systems (LIS) and similar devices are vulnerable to hacking, according to physicians and computer...

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Max Planck Institute Scientists Develop Molecular Biosensor Assay That Enables Paper-based Fingerprick Test for Measuring Metabolites in Blood

A digital camera or smartphone visualizes bioluminescent characteristics of test sample to display levels of Phe in blood, potentially giving medical laboratories a way to support home-based or point of care metabolite tests Clinical laboratories may soon have a new...

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High-Deductible Health Insurance Plans are Turning Providers into Bill Collectors and They’re Not Happy About It

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 Provide care or pursue payment. Until recently those...

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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....

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