3D-Printed Robot May Change Breast Biopsies Surgery and Boost Accuracy of Anatomic Pathology Cancer Diagnoses

‘Stormram 4’ fits inside MRI bore and enables ‘nearly real-time imaging guidance’ to achieve sub-millimeter precision in reaching targets Cancer surgeons perform an estimated 1.7 breast biopsies each year, according to the American Association of Preferred Provider...

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Human Antibodies in Medical Laboratory May Be Key to Immunity and Preventing Diseases Such as Influenza A

Scientists with Francis Crick Institute and Ragon Institute have successfully created human antibodies in vitro that can be made to recognize specific antigens in the human body; Could lead to new treatments for cancer and other infectious diseases It’s been...

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China Struggling to Keep Up with Demand for Anatomic Pathologists

As the still-developing pathology profession in China struggles to meet demand, 3rd-party medical laboratory groups, and university/industry arrangements, find opportunities to fill the needs of China’s hospitals China is currently facing a severe shortage of anatomic...

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Health Systems Putting Imaging Services, Such As MRIs, In Strip Malls and Shopping Centers To Help Patients with Cost and Convenience

Recognizing the need to serve patients with high-deductible health plans, hospital systems are opening healthcare centers in outpatient settings where patients can receive care and undergo procedures—including clinical laboratory tests—more conveniently and for less...

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American Clinical Laboratory Lawsuit Charges HHS Ignored Congress’ Intent When Collecting Market-Rate Data for 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule

In filing Monday, lawsuit seeks to force HHS to comply with PAMA’s statutory requirements and to withhold applying the new Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule until HHS has revised the final rule appropriately Many clinical laboratory executives will welcome the news...

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Lobbying on Behalf of Clinical Laboratories Improves Medicare’s Outpatient Payment Rules

While proposals might change before the final CMS draft, lobbyists see potential for improving Medicare payment totals and structures in the upcoming 2018 outpatient rule and physician fee schedule At this time, efforts by medical laboratories to lobby and educate...

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Medical Laboratories Find Opportunities as Digital Therapeutics Companies Leverage Mobile Applications for Treatment of Chronic Conditions

Digital Therapeutics combined with clinical laboratory oversight testing could help chronic disease patients avoid surgeries and expensive drug therapies One area of technology that has fundamentally changed the healthcare industry involves mobile devices. But those...

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Breast Cancer Surgery May Soon Be Completed Successfully without Requiring Clinical Laboratory Testing and Pathology Reports

Proof-of-concept research investigates whether photoacoustic imaging can be used in place of traditional tissue staining procedures during cancer surgery to determine if all of the tumor has been removed Determining where breast cancer ends and healthy tissue begins...

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CVS Announces Plans to Add More Clinical Services to Its Minute Clinic Locations, Including Certain Medical Laboratory Tests

It’s all about convenience and offering consumers multiple services at a single location. That’s why certain clinical laboratory tests will soon be offered at CVS Health Minute Clinics As predicted, operators of rapid clinics located in retail pharmacies and other...

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Vermont Medical School Ceases All Lectures from Curriculum and Adopts “Active Learning” Techniques for Teaching Next Generation of Physicians

Professor-led classroom lectures end as students are expected to do much of their traditional learning outside of class. Will this influence how many medical students go on to choose pathology for their residency? Medical Colleges, hospital universities, and...

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Are Payers Ganging up on Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups? Is this a Trend or Simply a Sign of Tougher Financial Times?

Medical laboratories today struggle to submit clean claims and be promptly and adequately reimbursed as health insurers institute burdensome requirements and audit more labs Across the nation, clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups of all sizes struggle...

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Helping Medical Laboratories Add Value to Health Systems, Providers, and Payers by Moving from Clinical Lab 1.0 to Clinical Lab 2.0

November workshop to teach Clinical Lab 2.0 to forward-thinkers among clinical laboratories, IVD manufacturers, and lab IT vendors offered many examples where clinical laboratory diagnostics can add value and improve patient outcomes DATELINE: ALBUQUERQUE, New...

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Apple May Be Developing Mobile Device Technology to Monitor User’s Health and Transmit Data in Real Time

Industry analysts speculate that Apple might be planning to enter the EHR and healthcare related markets by transforming mobile technologies into gateway devices connected to providers' EHR systems and patient data Imagine a mobile device that monitors vitals while...

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Targeted Cancer Therapies Bring New Precision Medicine Tools to Anatomic Pathologists and Clinical Laboratories

FDA is streamlining how new diagnostic tests are approved; encourages IVD companies to focus on ‘qualifying biomarkers’ in development of new cancer drugs It is good news for the anatomic pathology profession that new insights into the human immune system are...

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‘Barcoding’ Cells in Nematodes Could Bring Advances and New Medical Laboratory Tools for Treatment of Cancer and Other Chronic Diseases

Ongoing research at the University of Washington promises new methods for identifying and cataloging large numbers of cells quickly, which could lead to more individualized treatments in support of precision medicine initiatives Researchers have found a new method for...

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Johns Hopkins’ Test Drone Travels 161 Miles to Set Record for Delivery Distance of Clinical Laboratory Specimens

Onboard cooling system ensures samples remain viable for medical laboratory analysis after three-hour flight across Arizona desert Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups could soon be receiving blood samples and tissue specimens through the air by medical...

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Top Healthcare Trends Affecting Cancer Business in 2017 Impact Pathologists and Medical Laboratory Leaders Who Serve Oncologists and Patients

Many aspects of traditional clinical laboratory pathology testing remain rooted to cancer care even as the cancer care industry embraces precision medicine, and digital pathology testing and interpretation There’s good news for anatomic pathologists worried about the...

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Telemedicine Gaining Momentum in US as Large Employers Look for Ways to Decrease Costs; Trend Has Implications for Pathology Groups and Medical Laboratories

Increased use of telemedicine may create opportunities for clinical laboratories to deliver increased value to both physicians and nurses Recent data shows widespread employer adoption of telehealth services may soon become a reality. However, studies also show...

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Continued ‘Aggressive Audit Tactics’ by Private Payers and Government Regulators Following 2018 Medicare Part B Price Cuts Will Strain Profitability of Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups

Medical laboratory leaders must take steps to protect their lab’s financial stability and know how to prepare and respond to investigations and regulatory threats Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups may soon face a new normal that includes more...

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Threats to Profitability Causing Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups to Take on Added Risk by Entering into ‘Problematic’ Business Relationships and Risky Pricing Plans

Medical laboratory leaders urged to scrutinize pricing policies, billing decisions, and structural relationships that could trigger commercial payer and regulatory action Clinical laboratories and pathology groups face another blow to their financial health on January...

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‘Death by 1,000 Knives’ Could Be in Store for Clinical Laboratories, Pathology Groups Not Prepared to Comply with New Medicare Part B Regulations

Medical laboratory leaders and pathologists must be fully aware of the coming legal and regulatory changes taking place starting January 1, 2018, or risk fines and decreased reimbursements January 1, 2018, marks the start of new Medicare Part B price cuts for clinical...

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Hershey, Pennsylvania, Clinical Laboratory Technician Indicted in 2015 for Fraudulent Cancer Test Results Pleads Guilty to False Statement Charges

Indicted on charges related to 124 genetic cancer tests performed between 2013 and 2014, former Hershey Medical Center Research Technologist Floyd Benko pleads guilty to charges with a maximum sentence of up to five years in prison Wake up calls don’t come any...

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Attention Microbiologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists: New Research Suggests an Organism’s Microbiome Might Be a Factor in Longer, More Active Lives

Is gut microbiota the fabled fountain of youth? Researchers at Valenzano Research Lab in Germany found it works for killifish. Could it work for other vertebrates as well? Research into the microbiomes of humans and other animals is uncovering tantalizing insights as...

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Scientists Encode Malware with Synthesized DNA That Targets DNA Analysis Software Commonly Found in Gene Sequencers Used by Clinical Laboratories

Researchers demonstrated it was feasible to encode digital malware onto a strand of synthesized DNA and infect the gene sequencers and computer networks used by medical laboratories As if anatomic pathology groups and clinical laboratory leaders don’t already have...

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