HHS Announces Culpability Limits for HIPAA Violations, Drops Annual Fines Owed by Providers

Clinical laboratories need to understand how their patients’ protected health information is being used and secured by vendors to avert data breaches and HHS penalties Most readers of The Dark Report, the sister publication to the Dark Daily, are aware that more than...

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Senior Citizens on Medicare Are Particularly Vulnerable to New Scams Involving Fraudulent Genetic Test Orders

Medical fraudsters are targeting Medicare recipients with schemes to persuade them to agree to genetic tests advertised as informing them if they are predisposed to specific chronic diseases or cancer Medicare scams involving orders for unnecessary, expensive testing...

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Studies by KHN, Navigant, and Others Report That Independent and Rural Hospitals Are Closing at Record Rates, Leaving Patients Without Critical Nearby Healthcare Services

Negative financials, low population growth, and excess inpatient capacity cited as reasons communities—especially rural areas—may lose their independent hospitals, including access to nearby clinical laboratory testing and anatomic pathology services Could America’s...

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At MIT, New DNA Microscopy Maps Cells and Their Genetic Sequences Using Chemicals Rather than Light

Genetic data captured by this new technology could lead to a new understanding of how different types of cells exchange information and would be a boon to anatomic pathology research worldwide What if it were possible to map the interior of cells and view their...

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Trends Reshaping Hospitals Worldwide Also Impact Clinical Laboratories and Anatomic Pathology Groups

As hospitals are forced to innovate, anatomic pathologists and medical laboratories will need to adapt to new healthcare delivery locations and billing systems   As new challenges threaten the survival of many hospitals worldwide, medical laboratories may be...

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Repositioning the Clinical Laboratory as a Strategic Pillar of the Value-Based Healthcare Organization, Consistent with Clinical Lab 2.0

Panel of experts in healthcare and the clinical laboratory market identify key trends and discuss how innovative medical laboratories are adding value—and getting paid for that value Effective clinical laboratory leadership in today’s value-based healthcare system...

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FDA, IBM, Merck, Walmart and KPMG Collaborate on Blockchain Pilot Project to Track Pharmaceuticals

First used to track cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin, blockchain is finding its way into tracking and quality control systems in healthcare, including clinical laboratories and big pharma Four companies were selected by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to...

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Clinical Laboratory Test for Alzheimer’s Disease Gets Ever Closer to Reality

Scientists worldwide engaged in research to develop a biomarker for dementia are predicting success, though some say additional research will be needed Could a blood test for Alzheimer’s disease soon be on clinical laboratory test menus nationwide? Perhaps so. A...

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Artificial Intelligence Systems, Like IBM’s Watson, Continue to Underperform When Compared to Oncologists and Anatomic Pathologists

Though the field of oncology has some AI-driven tools, overall, physicians report the reality isn’t living up to the hype Artificial intelligence (AI) has been heavily touted as the next big thing in healthcare for nearly a decade. Much ink has been devoted to the...

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Clinical Laboratories and Hospitals Test New Technology That Can Help Reduce Unacceptable Rates of Contaminated Blood Culture Specimens

Especially for busy hospital emergency departments, avoiding blood culture contamination is a constant challenge for those tasked with collecting blood culture specimens Better, faster diagnosis and treatment of sepsis continues to be a major goal at hospitals, health...

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Saarland University Researchers Use Blood Samples from Zoo Animals to Help Scientists Find Biomarkers That Speed Diagnoses in Humans

Using animal blood, the researchers hope to improve the accuracy of AI driven diagnostic technology What does a cheetah, a tortoise, and a Humboldt penguin have in common? They are zoo animals helping scientists at Saarland University in Saarbrücken, Germany, find...

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Federal Investigations into Alleged Kickback Schemes between Hospitals and Physicians Increase in Number and Scope

Hospitals and other organizations are finding ways to pay physicians for referrals in ways that don't always look like kickbacks Hospitals nationwide are being scrutinized by the federal Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for allegedly violating federal...

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UK’s NHS to Distribute New Clinical Laboratory Test for Women Suspected of Having Pre-Eclampsia

Based on clinical trials of the medical laboratory test, pregnant women can expect a reduced risk for experiencing complications associated with the dangerous blood disorder Clinical pathology laboratories and obstetricians in the UK may soon have a new blood test...

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Medical Laboratory Testing Company uBiome Raided by FBI for Alleged Insurance Fraud and Questionable Business Practices

Following the raid, the company’s co-founders resigned from the board of directors Microbiome testing company, uBiome, a biotechnology developer that offers at-home direct-to-consumer (DTC) test kits to health-conscious individuals who wish to learn more about the...

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University Researchers Develop Microfluidic Device That Partitions Cancer Cells According to Size in Effort to Create a Useful Liquid Biopsy Method

Could a fast, cheap, and accurate liquid biopsy diagnostic cancer test soon be available to clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups? What if medical laboratories worldwide could perform a simple liquid biopsy diagnostic test that detected cancer in its...

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DOJ Pursues Organizations That Falsely Claim Compliance with Medicare’s EHR Incentive Programs

Clinical laboratories that interface with hospital EHR systems under scrutiny by the DOJ could be drawn into the investigations Officials at the federal US Department of Justice (DOJ) continue to pursue fraud cases involving health systems that allegedly have falsely...

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Humana’s New Oncology Value-based Care Program Includes Quality and Cost Measurements of Provider Performance, Clinical Laboratories, and Pathology Groups

"Pathologists and medical laboratories may have to demonstrate efficiency and effectiveness to stay in the insurer’s networks and get paid for their services In recent years, Medicare officials have regularly introduced new care models that include quality metrics for...

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Regenstrief Institute Finds Fecal Immunochemical Test May Be as Effective as Colonoscopy at Detecting Colorectal Cancers

Doctors may begin ordering FITs in greater numbers, increasing the demand on clinical laboratories to process these home tests All clinical laboratory managers and pathologists know that timely screening for colon cancer is an effective way to detect cancer early,...

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How One Company’s Saliva Spit Tubes Dominate the DNA Collection Device Market by Maintaining Specimen Integrity for as Long as Two Years

From point-of-care diagnostic tests to ancestral DNA home-testing, this company’s spit tubes are used by more medical laboratories than any other brand Most clinical laboratory specialists know that OraSure Technologies of Bethlehem, Pa., was the first company to...

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Are Clinical Laboratories Prepared to Cope with Outrage Over Surprise Medical Billing? Patient Access Management May Be an Effective Solution

Consumer demand and federal requirements for price transparency affect how clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups meet patients’ expectations while navigating complex payer agreements Regardless of a clinical laboratory’s payer mix and revenue cycle...

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Kroger Prescription Plans Partners with Myriad Genetics to Offer GeneSight Genetic Tests and Genetic Counseling in Kroger Pharmacies

Clinical laboratories may soon find opportunities to assist retail pharmacists who are doing genetic test counseling, as employers’ support of genetic testing advances In another market example of acceptance of genetic tests by major employers, a new pilot program is...

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