Pathology Laboratory in an Ingestible Pill? Not Yet, But Maybe Sooner than You Think

Proteus Biomedical, Inc. prepares to launch a “smart pill” to remotely monitor how medication affects patients. If some experts are correct, it won’t take long to create ingestible devices that are capable of conducting clinical laboratory tests within the body. These devices would transmit the laboratory test results to physicians over the Internet by using wireless technology. As soon as 2011, Proteus Medical, Inc., of Redwood City, California, says it expects to introduce an ingestible...

Kaiser Health News and Fortune Investigation into EHRs Finds Medical Errors and Millions of Dollars in Federal Subsidies Inappropriately Released

Lawsuits filed by whistleblowers, doctors, and hospitals allege EHR software used by hospitals, clinical laboratories, and medical offices may ‘pose danger to patients’ Where have all the federal incentives for meaningful use of health information technology (HIT) gone? Pathologists and clinical laboratory leaders caught up in medical error investigations are not the only healthcare providers asking this question. Since the start of the 2009 Health Information Technology for Economic and...

In-Home Healthcare Companies Bring High-Acuity Care, Including Clinical Laboratory Testing, to Patients at their Homes and Workplaces

Proven success at providing quality care to patients at home while lowering costs has both investors and health insurance companies intrigued Some call it “hospital in the home.” Whatever name it is given, the high cost of keeping a patient overnight in a hospital is motivating a range of healthcare players to develop innovative ways to provide care to patients—even patients with acute conditions—in their home. This is a trend that clinical laboratories will want to watch. With hospital beds...

Excessive $48,329 Charge for California Patient’s Outpatient Clinical Laboratory Testing Calls Attention to Chargemaster Rates and New CMS Price Transparency Rule

Studies show medical laboratories may be particularly hit by adjustments to hospital chargemasters as hospitals prepare to comply with Medicare’s New Transparency Rule Recently, Kaiser Health News (KHN) published a story about a $48,329 bill for allergy testing that cast a spotlight on hospital chargemaster rates just as healthcare providers are preparing to publish their prices online to comply with a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule aimed at increasing pricing...

Even Higher-Income Americans are Frustrated with High Health Insurance Costs; Many Drop Coverage and Switch to Concierge Care; Clinical Laboratories May Be Affected by Trend

From reduced medical laboratory test ordering to dealing with high-deductible health plans (HDHPs), clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are impacted daily by rising healthcare costs. Until now, however, one demographic was not affected—affluent Americans. But that is no longer the case. According to Bloomberg, thousands of people—some earning more than $125,000 a year—are now foregoing health insurance altogether and instead choosing concierge medicine because it costs less....
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