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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EHRs Still Cost Millions and Can Contribute to Physician Burnout; Hospital Laboratories Caught in the Middle

As hospitals and health networks struggle to implement EHRs and comply with federal regulations, medical laboratories have their own struggles fulfilling orders while dealing with physician burnout Ever since 2009, when the federal government’s electronic health...

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Genentech Smartphone App Helps MS Patients Monitor Their Illness and Provide Real-time Data to Physicians; Clinical Labs Have Another Opportunity to Add Value

By collecting data on MS patients’ activities and abilities, parent company Roche Group hopes to create new drugs and diagnostics to combat this deadly disease Biotechnology company Genentech, a subsidiary of multinational pharmaceutical/diagnostics company Roche...

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Fingerstick Blood Test May Prove to Be Lifesaver for Ischemic Stroke Victims by Speeding Diagnosis and Treatment of Brain Injury

SMARTChip biosensor undergoing clinical trials in England could pave way for clinical laboratories to provide additional diagnostic tests for monitoring patient progress Emergency medical workers and mobile clinical laboratory technicians may soon have a point-of-care...

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Blockchain Continues to Present Opportunities for Independent Hospital and Clinical Laboratories, as Aetna and Ascension Join Synaptic Health Alliance

These new additions to the Synaptic Health Alliance demonstrate an increasing belief among insurers that blockchain will improve the accuracy and exchange of critical healthcare data Is blockchain technology ready for widespread use within healthcare? New developments...

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UnitedHealthcare Offers Apple Watches to Wellness Program Participants Who Meet Fitness Goals; Clinical Laboratories Can Participate and Increase Revenues

Mobile, wearable, mHealth monitoring devices are a key element of many employer fitness programs and clinical laboratories can play an important role in their success For years Dark Daily has encouraged clinical laboratories to get involved in corporate wellness...

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Many Hospital Laboratories Must Report PAMA Private Payer Clinical Lab Test Price Data as ‘Applicable Labs’ in 2019, But Lack Systems and Expertise for This Task

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...

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Implementing a New EHR at the Veterans Administration Is Taking Longer and Costing More than Earlier Estimates

With a now-estimated price tag of $16.1 billion, federal regulators and government representatives question the VA’s replacement for their VistA medical records system Originally estimated to cost $10 billion, a contract to replace the federal Department of Veterans...

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Rural, For-Profit Hospitals Closing at an Alarming Rate Putting Some Independent Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups at Risk

Most of the hospital closures occurred in states that did not expand their Medicaid programs following the Affordable Care Act of 2014 Sustained financial pressure is not limited to clinical laboratories. Rural hospitals are under grave financial pressure as well....

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Customized Cancer Vaccines Based on Individual Patients’ DNA Could Soon Be a Reality, Might Require Diagnostic Support from Anatomic Pathology Labs

Pharmaceutical developers are combining genetic sequencing and precision medicine to create new drug therapies and cancer treatments designed for specific patients Most anatomic pathologists are aware of the rapid advances in the field of cancer...

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Walmart and Home Depot Employ Copay Accumulators to Keep Employee Healthcare Costs Down and Encourage Utilization of Generic Prescription Drugs

While clinical laboratories may not be directly affected by copay accumulators, anything that affects patients’ ability to pay for healthcare will likely impact lab revenues as well Here’s a new term and strategy that some big employers are deploying in an attempt to...

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