UK Scientists Produce Comprehensive Summary of Genes Associated with Cancer in Humans, Making Precision Medicine ‘More Precise’

Expanded ‘Cancer Gene Census’ is expected to accelerate development of new therapeutics and biomarker-based personalized medicine diagnostic tests for disease; could be useful for anatomic pathologists Oncology is one of the fastest-developing fields in precision...

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Recently published White Paper explores effective new ways for clinical labs and pathology groups to reverse the trend of uncollected revenue in an era of higher patient requirements and reimbursement pressures

As a result of the drive toward consumer-driven healthcare, and because of rising health insurance deductibles, patients are increasingly becoming the new payers. Efficient patient access management is now viewed as critical to reversing the resulting trend of...

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Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Finds Hospitals in West Coast States Incur Highest Daily Expenses when Providing Inpatient Care

US hospitals typically spend $2,424/day to provide inpatient care, according to the KFF report  How much does the average hospital spend/day to provide inpatient care? The numbers vary widely, but the latest statistics from Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) State Health...

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Popularity of Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Tests Still Growing, Regardless of Concerns from Provider and Privacy Organizations

For blood brothers Quest and LabCorp this is good news, since the two medical laboratory companies perform most of the testing for the biggest DTC genetic test developers Should clinical laboratories be concerned about direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic tests? Despite...

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How CRM Systems Help Home Healthcare Providers Treat Patients with Chronic Diseases in a Trend That May Be an Opportunity for Medical Laboratories

Customer relationship management (CRM) plays a critical role in helping providers care for patients with chronic diseases and clinical laboratories are part of those solutions Home healthcare continues to boom in the US and more technology companies each...

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Results of Harvard Study into Medicare Costs Offers Opportunities for Clinical Laboratories

Harvard’s study of high-cost Medicare patients offers insights into how medical laboratories can help improve early diagnosis, optimize therapies, and monitor chronic disease Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups supporting Medicare patients understand...

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Sonic Healthcare Uses Test Data to Create Shared Savings Opportunities for Clinical Laboratory and Providers

Sonic’s data-driven approach to population health management, based on helping clinicians intervene with patients to control healthcare costs, increases the lab’s revenue Sonic Healthcare USA is using clinical laboratory test data to help its client providers improve...

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Chairman and CEO David Abney Explains UPS’ Drive Toward Drone Technology

UPS’ program on WakeMed Hospital’s Raleigh campus in N.C. is first drone delivery service cleared by FAA for commercial purposes UPS (NYSE:UPS) Chairman and CEO David Abney emphasizes patients, not packages, in the company’s new drive toward drone technology in...

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FREE SPECIAL EDITION WHITE PAPER | Patient Access Antidote: Retaining More Revenue with Front-End Solutions

Healthcare delivery and reimbursement models have undergone a paradigm shift; specifically, patient financial liability has significantly affected clinical laboratories and pathology groups, changing the way our businesses operate. In order to profitably provide care, it has been crucial for labs to modernize their collection practices—yet many struggle to do so.

With proper focus on front-end patient access management, labs and pathology groups become better equipped to optimize their cash flow and successfully meet their key revenue cycle objectives—a critical achievement for the financially-healthy, high-performing lab organization.

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New CRISPR Genetic Tests Offer Clinical Pathologists Powerful Tools to Diagnose Disease Even in Remote and Desolate Regions

Researchers at UC Berkley developed new ways to use CRISPR as a genetic “search engine” in addition to a cut and paste tool Clinical pathology laboratory professionals have long been aware of the potential diagnostic properties related to CRISPR (Clustered Regularly...

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Might Gaps in FDA Drug Oversight Be a Cause for Concern for In-Vitro Diagnostic Manufacturers and Clinical Laboratories?

As drug recalls increased over the past 12 months, questions regarding FDA oversight of drug manufacturing are triggering questions involving IVD oversight by the federal agency and potential implications for clinical laboratories Pathologists and clinical laboratory...

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Reimbursement Expert Advises Pathologists and Hospitals to Ensure Part A Contracts Are Balanced and Reflect Both Fair Market Value and Commercial Reasonableness

When negotiating an effective Part A contract for professional pathology services, the best approach is to structure an agreement that is fair and reasonable to both the hospital and the pathologist. That’s the advice given by Robert Tessier, Senior Reimbursement...

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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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