New webinar to share real-world success strategies with clinical laboratories and pathology groups on how to get paid for lab tests in today’s tough managed care marketplace
AUSTIN, Texas (May 19, 2016) — Getting paid for lab tests is becoming increasingly tougher for nearly every clinical laboratory and pathology group in the United States. Not only are payers getting tougher on how they reimburse labs, but ever more frequently labs must collect significant dollars directly from patients who have large copays or deductibles.
PRESS RELEASE: New webinar taps the expertise of Henry Ford Health lab team to educate and inform clinical laboratories and pathology groups on how to boost the value of their lab testing services
AUSTIN, Texas (April 8, 2016) — Nearly all clinical labs and pathology groups now feel the double squeeze of shrinking budgets and less reimbursement from health insurers. As a result, innovative laboratories are taking steps to cut costs while at the same time developing lab testing services that deliver more value to physicians, patients, and payers.
PRESS RELEASE: Clinical Laboratory Industry’s First-Ever Learning Track for Lab Mentors and their Mentorees Is Part of the 21st Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management
AUSTIN, Texas (March 21, 2016) — Every lab needs a succession planning program that mentors its up-and-coming leaders, and that is exactly what will be offered at the 21st annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management, April 26-27, 2016 in New Orleans.
PRESS RELEASE: Clinical Laboratory Industry’s First-Ever ‘National Lab Sales Excellence Award’ Is Part of the 21st Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management
AUSTIN, Texas (March 21, 2016) — It’s an historic first for the clinical laboratory industry! The nation’s top producing laboratory sales professionals will be recognized for their achievements when the winners of the first-ever National Lab Sales Excellence Award are announced at this year’s 21st annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management, on April 26-27, 2016 in New Orleans.
New Webinar to Detail Practical Strategies for Clinical Labs Regarding Appropriate Test Selection, Enhanced Error Reduction, and Improved Patient Outcomes When Ordering Expensive Send-out Molecular and Genetic Tests (Webinar)
AUSTIN, Texas (March 11, 2016) — Clinical laboratories are introducing 10 new molecular and genetic tests every day, a rate of growth that has produced 60,000 tests currently available for clinical use. This remarkable number means finding and ordering the right test is more challenging for labs than ever before.
Molecular Information Management Systems (MIMS) revolutionize personalized and predictive medicine for pathology laboratories
AUSTIN, Texas (February 8, 2016) – As molecular technology and personalized medicine increasingly becomes the default position for clinical diagnostics laboratories, these modalities place significant demands on laboratory information systems. Although hospitals and healthcare institutions often focus on an electronic medical records system that includes a laboratory information system (LIS), those LIS’s do not typically have the functionality needed to handle current molecular testing needs, or needs expected in the near future.
New webinar to educate and inform clinical laboratories and pathology groups on how to combine real-time analytics with medical laboratory information systems to improve lab operations, cut costs, and boost productivity (Webinar)
AUSTIN, Texas (February 5, 2016) — Clinical diagnostic laboratories are an indispensable component of modern healthcare. Yet labs, which often operate as separate business units or even as separate businesses, are facing increased competition from within the industry as well as a push for increased efficiency with lower levels of reimbursement. Without having reliable, concrete business metrics at their fingertips, laboratory managers are finding it increasingly difficult to make the most effective operational decisions and efficiently troubleshoot problems.
Two respected clinical laboratories initiate simple process improvements resulting in improved inventory management, hundreds of thousands of dollars in wasted spending captured, and increased lab performance
AUSTIN, Texas (December 29, 2015) — Two of the nation’s most respected laboratory organizations recently saw the opportunity to convert inventory to cash, using existing staff and resources to initiate simple and speedy process improvements. The result was money the labs could spend immediately, while at the same time reducing expensive inventory levels, and eliminating stock-outs and the problem of expired reagents
Nation’s clinical laboratories and pathology groups to rely once again on Lab Quality Confab for solutions, as pressure continues to cut laboratory costs and deliver enhanced clinical value (Lab Quality Meeting)
AUSTIN, Texas (September 25, 2015) — The topic of cost-cutting at clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups across the nation remains key. It is budget season, meaning hospitals and labs are being told to aggressively reduce their costs in 2016. Health insurers continue to pay less for medical lab testing. These two factors make the management challenge for labs clear: Get better at cutting costs and moving those resources to lab activities that add clinical value to physicians and payers, and improve patient outcomes.
Tougher demands like reimbursement challenges, and the need to reduce lab costs while improving patient care force clinical laboratories to reclassify expansion of automated lab functions from ‘optional’ to ‘must-do’
AUSTIN, Texas (June 15, 2015) – Today’s clinical laboratories are under the constant challenge to produce ever-faster turnaround times, while reducing errors. And as pressure intensifies to cut healthcare costs, laboratories are relying increasingly on automation not only to achieve these goals, but also to improve patient care and maintain lab profitability.
New Webinar set to help laboratories respond effectively to 2015’s new and tougher payer requirements for lab claims
AUSTIN, Texas (May 15, 2015) — With the arrival of 2015, payers began processing lab test claims differently. The import of this development is that every lab that is serious about filing clean claims and getting faster payment has realized that a clear understanding of the coding, billing, and collection changes that have descended upon the lab industry is crucial.
New webinar to help laboratories meet most recent accrediting standards and achieve the goal of being inspection-ready at all times
AUSTIN, Texas (April10, 2015) — Laboratories must now comply with increasing regulatory requirements. This expansion of existing requirements places a heavier burden on every lab striving to maintain regulatory readiness every day—not just when the bi-annual inspection is due.
Challenges lie ahead for Meaningful Use and the federal government’s electronic health record (EHR) incentive program: Webinar to address recent developments and how laboratories can execute better interfaces for their client physicians
AUSTIN, Texas (March 12, 2015) — Of the 1,956 ambulatory “complete” EHRs certified in 2011, only 547 were certified at the end of 2014. That means 75% of certified EHR systems have failed to gain certification as compliant with the requirements of Meaningful Use Stage 2. Most lab managers are surprised to learn that nearly 1,500 EHR systems are likely to never become certified as compliant with MU-2. As a consequence, many of these labs’ client physicians will be stuck with an EHR product that does not certify as MU-2 compliant, and thus likely to be assessed a penalty of at least a 1% cut in their Medicare reimbursement, as early as this year.
Government and private health insurers increase audits, compliance checks, and claims challenges: Webinar to address key preparations clinical labs and pathology groups should make for next round of payer audits
AUSTIN, Texas (February 12, 2015) — Clinical laboratories and pathology groups are reporting greater scrutiny of lab test claims and more audit activity by payers. Increased attention is going into new areas of lab billing and collections, such as out-of-network billing. Another area of heightened investigation by private health insurers and Medicare program officials is that of medical necessity.
Clinical laboratories have until January 1, 2016 to meet Medicare’s New IQCP Requirements: Important new webinar to cover essential steps laboratories must take immediately, and what lab staffs must do to prepare
AUSTIN, Texas (January 9, 2015) — Compliance with CLIA requirements is essential for every medical laboratory that performs non-waived testing. A major change in how labs must meet quality control standards is about to take place, with an effective date of January 1, 2016. This new development opens up a way for laboratories to meet the quality control standards of CLIA. The revisions published by CMS now allow labs to develop and use an IQCP (Individual Quality Control Plan) as a way to meet these new quality control standards.
How Augmenting an Enterprise-Wide HIT System with a Best-of-Breed Anatomic Pathology LIS Can Result in Improved Quality, Increased Efficiency, and Enhanced Patient Care
AUSTIN, Texas (October 17, 2014) – The United States healthcare system is undergoing unprecedented change due to major healthcare reform initiatives, accompanied by dramatic new capabilities in health information technology (HIT). Clinical diagnostic laboratories, anatomic pathology laboratories, hospitals and healthcare systems now need, or are being required, to implement health information technology to leverage health data capabilities, streamline workflow, improve efficiency, and increase competitiveness and cost effectiveness.
Impressive list of attendees scheduled to attend Lab Quality Confab in New Orleans October 21-22, 2014
AUSTIN, Texas (October 6, 2014) — It is widely acknowledged that this is a particularly tough budget season for the nation’s clinical laboratories and pathology groups. Most labs are scrambling to adjust to reduced reimbursement and directives from their parent hospitals and health systems to shrink their lab budgets for 2015. And what is different during the 2015 budget cycle compared to those of past years, is that the typical cost-cutting tricks of the last decade no longer produce the needed savings.
Nation’s Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Face Greatest Pressure to Cut Costs and Deliver More Value than at Any Other Time in Past 25 Years
AUSTIN, Texas (September 23, 2014) — Topic number one at clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups across the nation is cost-cutting, for two reasons. First, it is budget time at hospitals and labs are being told to aggressively reduce their costs in 2015. Second, health insurers are paying less for medical lab testing. The management challenge for these labs is straightforward: Get good at cutting costs and moving those resources to lab activities that add value to the lab’s physician clients and other stakeholders.
FDAs Tells Congress It Intends to Regulate LDTs! Web Conference to Provide Straight Talk on Essential Steps Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Will Need to Take to Comply (Webinar News)
AUSTIN, Texas (August 28, 2014) — On July 31, the Food and Drug Administration sent its 60-day notice to Congress that it is moving forward to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). The clock is now ticking down the minutes until laboratories throughout the U.S. will need to comply with a host of new requirements. New webinar, entitled “FDA Prepares to Regulate LDTs: What You Must Know, What Your Lab May Need to Do, and Why You Should Prepare Now” is being presented on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at 1:00 PM EDT.
Integrating Clinical Laboratories into Healthcare Networks (FREE White Paper)
AUSTIN, Texas (July 8, 2014) – Healthcare is all about transfer of data, whether the data is clinical information, insurance/reimbursement information, regulatory information, or business data related to the healthcare enterprise. Hospitals, laboratories, physicians, and pathology groups are increasingly linked into larger healthcare networks and health systems. In addition to clinical networks, there are business networks, medical records networks, patient health networks, and inpatient and outpatient networks.
Reducing Formalin Usage in the Anatomic Pathology Laboratory Produces Increased Savings and Minimizes Chemical Exposure by Histotechnologists and Pathologists (FREE White Paper)
AUSTIN, Texas (June 18, 2014) – It is common knowledge that formalin is a nasty chemical. That’s why savvy pathology laboratories want to reduce or eliminate its use. Now a new technology solution makes it possible to stabilize and ship tissue specimens from the operating room or physician’s office to the pathology laboratory.
Putting Intelligence Into Business Intelligence: How innovative medical laboratories can combine analytics with medical laboratory information systems to improve lab operations, cut costs, and boost productivity
AUSTIN, Texas (March 3, 2014) – As the Affordable Care Act is implemented and the country’s economic recovery remains sluggish, clinical diagnostic laboratories and pathology groups face a volatile and unpredictable financial and regulatory environment. Laboratories see downward pressure on reimbursement at both the government and payer levels, requiring labs to look for even more ways to increase efficiency and remain competitive.
Nation’s Largest, Most Respected Gathering on Lab Management & Operations Convenes April 29-30 in New Orleans
AUSTIN, Texas (February 4, 2014) — A top-flight roster of lab experts and innovators is set to gather in New Orleans April 29-30, 2014, for the annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management. The two-day event will take place at the Sheraton Hotel on historic Canal Street, located just steps from New Orleans’ celebrated French Quarter.
Next Evolution of the World Class Clinical Laboratory: Using a Patient-Centric Business Model to Increase Efficiency and Revenue
AUSTIN, Texas (September 24, 2013) – Medical laboratories face unprecedented business challenges today, driven by changes in market drivers, regulation and reimbursement. Those changes include evolving reimbursement models, a growing emphasis on the continuum of care, increased patient interaction, and the increasing demands of interoperability across numerous disparate information technology systems. Adaptation requires more than the tactical investment of organizational resources needed to address “Meaningful Use,” but must involve positioning themselves as patient-centric provides of healthcare information and data.
The All-New Lab Quality Confab Website Makes Its Debut
AUSTIN, Texas (August 21, 2013) — Now in its seventh year, Lab Quality Confab and Process Improvement Institute is the most widely attended meeting in the clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology industry, attracting participants from countries all across the globe. In advance of the 2013 conference, Lab Quality Confab has given its old website an “extreme makeover” and is very excited to announce to senior lab executives and administrators, managers, and quality team members this improved and enhanced online resource.
First-Rate Collaborations to be Presented During the 7th Annual Lab Quality Confab Poster Sessions
AUSTIN, Texas (August 6, 2013) — Clinical laboratories in the U.S. and around the globe are using Process Improvement, Lean, Six Sigma, and other quality management systems and methods with great success. To foster greater exchange of ideas and best practice achievements, Lab Quality Confab is providing the opportunity for lab practitioners of quality management to submit an abstract of their process improvement or Lean/Six Sigma project—and upon acceptance— to receive an invitation to present that project at the Poster Presentation Sessions to be conducted at the 7th Annual Lab Quality Confab and Performance Improvement Institute in New Orleans, Louisiana, on October 1-2, 2013.
Achieving Automation in Serology: A New Frontier in Best Practices for Clinical Laboratories
AUSTIN, Texas (July 24, 2013) – Some areas of the clinical laboratory adapt naturally to automated methods, while other areas prove difficult to automate. Microbiology, specifically serology, has proven to be a difficult area of clinical diagnostics to fully automate. Due to the nature of the work, some degree of manual procedures is likely to continue indefinitely. However, because it is one of the most labor-intensive areas in the laboratories, automation offers a way to reduce FTEs while reducing turnaround time and cutting down on laboratory errors through sample consolidation.
How to Improve Profits, Quality, Accountability and Customer Service by Using a Lab-Specific CRM and Healthcare Business Intelligence
AUSTIN, Texas (July 22, 2013) – The clinical laboratory and pathology laboratory industry continues to face more challenges than ever, with more downward pressure on reimbursement from both the government and insurers, and increased competition. While laboratories struggle to further streamline internal processes, rising competition has increased pressure to provide better, more personalized and responsive services to customers and clients.
AUSTIN, Texas (April 29, 2013) — Now in its eighteenth year, the annual Executive War College Conference on Laboratory & Pathology Management is being held April 30-May 1 at the Sheraton New Orleans, just a short walk from the historic French Quarter district. Every year since its inception, this highly regarded event has attracted an impressive list of registrants from across the country and around the world.
AUSTIN, Texas (April 29, 2013) – 2013 marks the year in which most eligible providers of care are required to begin implementing many of the components of Stage Two, Meaningful Use. Meaningful Use is part of the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (“HITECH”) Act, which in part was designed to create incentives for the use of health information technology (“HIT”). In order for eligible healthcare entities to derive financial incentives for adoption of HIT, they need to meet Meaningful Use requirements.
LAB INDUSTRY’S UNDER-REPORTED STORY: FOUR MONTHS INTO 2013, CLINICAL LABORATORIES STILL WAITING FOR PAYMENT FROM GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE PAYERS FOR MOLECULAR TEST CLAIMS
AUSTIN, Texas (April 25, 2013) — It’s a story that is familiar to every clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology group performing molecular diagnostic tests that are billed under the 114 new molecular CPT codes. Government and private payers failed to prepare for the January 1, 2013, implementation of these new CPT codes. That means most labs have gone unpaid for most of these CPT codes for almost four months.
New Fecal Occult Blood Testing Strategies for Colorectal Cancer Provide Labs with More Accuracy and Higher Profitability
AUSTIN, Texas (April 15, 2013) – Colorectal cancer (CRC), or cancer of the colon or rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 140,000 Americans are diagnosed with CRC annually, and more than 50,000 people die as a result of the cancer.
There is a fairly simple and straightforward laboratory test available to detect for CRC. It is called the Fecal Occult Blood test (FOBT) and is recommended for everyone starting at age 50. For laboratories, tests for CRC are one of the most commonly requested and performed lab tests. There are two different types of FOBTs available to laboratories: chemical-based FOBT (CFOBT) and immunochemical FOBT (iFOBT). New iFOBTs have shown to have far fewer false positive results than CFOBTs, as well as far greater sensitivity.
Nation’s Largest, Most Respected Gathering on Lab Management & Operations Convenes April 30-May 1 in New Orleans
AUSTIN, Texas (January 18, 2013) — A top-flight roster of lab experts and innovators will gather in New Orleans April 30-May 1, 2013, for the annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management. The event will take place at the Sheraton Hotel on historic Canal Street, just steps from New Orleans’ renowned French Quarter.
Important Update: Quality Management Systems’ Growing Role in Clinical Laboratory Accreditation and Licensure
AUSTIN, Texas (January 21, 2013) — Each fall, Dark Daily and THE DARK REPORT conduct their annual Lab Quality Confab Process Improvement Institute, a two-day gathering of clinical laboratory stakeholders focused on advancing the knowledge, skills, and effectiveness of process improvement and quality management. At a recentLab Quality Confab, Judy Yost, MA, MT(ASCP), Director of the Division of Laboratory Services at the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, gave a presentation: “Understanding How Laboratory Certification and Licensure Intersects with the Essentials of Quality Management Systems.”
List of Notable Attendees Grows for Lab Quality Confab in San Antonio November 6-7, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas (October 22, 2012) — Now in its sixth year, the annual Lab Quality Confab and Performance Improvement Institute is being held Nov. 6-7 at the Hyatt Regency San Antonio, on the famous Riverwalk. This highly-regarded event has to date attracted an impressive list of registrants from across the country and around the world.
Proven Strategies That Go Beyond Clinical Excellence: Combining Lab-Specific CRM and Healthcare Business Intelligence to Differentiate Your Clinical Laboratory or Pathology Group (FREE White Paper)
Increasing competition. Reimbursement cuts coming from countless angles. Mounting pressure to shift healthcare to a fee-for-value paradigm. Among a perfect storm of factors threatening the future profitability of labs that have historically grown at a healthy rate, there’s never been a more urgent time for clinical and anatomic pathology laboratories to focus on non-clinical aspects of their business in order to differentiate themselves.
World-Class Collaborations to Take Place During the 6th Annual Lab Quality Confab Poster Sessions
AUSTIN, Texas (September 25, 2012) — Clinical laboratories in the U.S. and around the globe are using Process Improvement, Lean, Six Sigma, and other quality management systems and methods with great success. To foster greater exchange of ideas and best practice achievements, Lab Quality Confab is providing the opportunity for lab practitioners of quality management to submit an abstract of their process improvement or Lean/Six Sigma project—and upon acceptance— to receive an invitation to present that project at the Poster Presentation Sessions to be conducted at the 6th Annual Lab Quality Confab and Performance Improvement Institute in San Antonio, Texas, on November 6-7, 2012.
Clinical Laboratory Innovators in Lean Six Sigma to Gather in San Antonio November 6-7, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas (August 29, 2012) — This fall, the clinical lab industry’s leaders in the use of Lean, Six Sigma, ISO 15189, and other process improvement methods will gather November 6-7, 2012 for the annual Lab Quality Confab and Performance Improvement Institute. The event will take place in San Antonio, Texas, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel on the famous Riverwalk.
A CEO’s Guide to Doubling Profitability: Using Technology to Reduce Back-Office Costs (FREE White Paper)
AUSTIN, Texas (May 1, 2012) – The healthcare landscape continues to rapidly evolve. Reimbursement models and technology are both changing to increase the overall efficiency of the system. In this rapidly changing environment, there are steps a laboratory can and must take to maximize profitability.
Data Mining and Dashboarding within Your Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Environment (FREE White Paper)
AUSTIN,Texas (April 23, 2012) – Laboratory leaders we are under constant pressure to do more with less, and it is clear that they need to leverage their most valuable asset: data. The laboratory has been a leader of automation and digitization within the hospital for more than a decade. As a result, it has an opportunity to set the stage for the rest of the healthcare system in improving quality and decreasing costs through the use of that information.
Closing the Medical Data Gap: Using IT to Close the Gap Between Health Information Systems and External Documents (FREE White Paper)
AUSTIN, Texas (March 5, 2012) – There is a huge push on the part of healthcare in general to adopt various healthcare information technologies, whether it is electronic health records (EHR), laboratory information systems (LIS), health information exchanges (HIE), or other IT tools. The federal government has put in place incentives to encourage adoption of IT, as well as some punitive measures.
Important New Trends on Med-Tech Recruiting, Salaries, and Compensation: National Changes, Regional Developments (Audio Conference)
AUSTIN, Texas (February 15, 2012) — The supply/demand equation in the labor market for medical technologists (MT) and other medical laboratory scientists is rapidly changing nationwide. Skilled med techs and experienced lab scientists are getting multiple job offers and asking for more money. Many labs are willing to outbid competitors to hire these top candidates. Employer demand is another reason why other forms of compensation, such as recruitment bonuses, student-loan forgiveness, and incentive payments, are also fueling increased costs to hire and retain the best candidates.
Innovation in Immunohistochemistry (IHC) Staining: Single Piece Flow IHC Slide Processing (FREE White Paper Resource)
AUSTIN,Texas (January 30, 2012) – Many laboratory tests and procedures lend themselves to automation, but many do not. Immunohistochemistry (IHC) presents challenges typical of automating complex clinical laboratory procedures, of which about 70% of the workflow is manual. Key areas of automation are typically staining and imaging. Automated staining depends upon robotic pipetting systems, often linked to ancillary delivery systems for wash buffers and other bulk fluids. The Cleveland Clinic Foundation (CCF) in partnership with Ventana Medical Systems, Inc., modified their batch IHC work cell by implementing the BenchMark ULTRA continuous slide access staining platform. They replaced the BenchMark instruments with four VENTANA BenchMark ULTRA staining platforms, which created a mix of batch (BenchMark XT instrument) and single piece flow (BenchMark ULTRA staining platform) capabilities. This eliminated the need to batch slides, resulting in maximizing run-time efficiency and instrument capacity.
HIPAA Form 5010 Implementation: Real-World Solutions to Ease the Transition from 4010 to 5010 and Avoid Reimbursement Delays (Audio Conference)
AUSTIN, Texas (January 11, 2012) — Every clinical lab will soon learn whether payers will handle the transition to form 5010—required as of January 1, 2012—flawlessly or not. Ideally, clean claims should mean that payers send timely remittances to laboratories. But certain payers have already admitted that they weren’t 100 percent ready for form 5010 implementation on January 1. And in subsequent days, other payers have struggled to process claims in a timely fashion. Most likely, many laboratory billing and collections departments have already encountered unexpected payer glitches.
Why Medicare Carrier Proposes Major Changes in the Handling of Code Stacked Molecular Test Claims Is Topic of December 20 Audio Conference (Audio Conference)
AUSTIN, Texas (December 7, 2011) – Medicare carrier Palmetto GBA is proposing new processes that govern how it will handle code stack claims for molecular diagnostic tests (MDT) and laboratory-developed tests (LDT) in the J1 region, to become effective on February 27, 2012. This marks the first known effort by a payer to address specific problems caused when laboratories submit code stacked claims for genetic tests and molecular diagnostics assays.
Announcing Date of 17th Annual Executive War College on Lab & Pathology Management (Pathology Executive Meeting)
AUSTIN, Texas (December 6, 2011) – A record crowd is expected when the 17th Annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management takes place on May 1-2, 2012, in New Orleans, Louisiana. This high-energy conference is the largest gathering of clinical lab executives and pathologist business-leaders in the United States.
A CEO’s Guide to Next Generation Revenue Cycle Management: What Service Providers Need to Know to Survive the Changing Diagnostic Healthcare Environment (White Paper)
AUSTIN, Texas (October 18, 2011) – The U.S. healthcare system is under enormous economic pressure like never before – increased governance, organizational change, technological advances, all combined with a faltering economy. Healthcare trends require unprecedented agility and responsiveness to keep pace with the rapidly changing landscape. Diagnostic laboratory services influence 70% to 80% of medical decisions; as a result, changes in healthcare are magnified in the clinical diagnostic laboratory segment. Laboratories and institutions that fail to aggressively adapt to this dynamic environment are at grave risk of losing market share or going under completely.
Washington Puts Lab-Test Cost-Cutting on the Table for 2012: Devastating Fee Cuts Plus Other Congressional Proposals and How Your Lab Can Prevent Them (Audio Conference)
AUSTIN, Texas (October 17, 2011) – It’s back! Congress is once again considering reinstituting patient co-insurance for Medicare lab testing. But that’s only the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Congress is debating other equally damaging proposals to substantially reduce reimbursement for laboratory testing. The “big-three” threats to lab-test reimbursement under discussion are:
Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) in the 21st Century: The Challenges and the Promises (White Paper)
AUSTIN, Texas (August 24, 2011) — Recent changes in federal and state legislation, as well as reimbursement issues that have placed financial pressure on clinical laboratories, have motivated laboratories to find ways to make their workflow more efficient and cost-effective, with an emphasis on installing laboratory information systems (LIS) that can interface with their institution’s electronic health records, instrumentation, and client’s electronic medical records.
Achieving Financial Success with Hospital Laboratory Outreach: Six Proven Ways to Boost Net Revenue (Audio Conference)
AUSTIN, Texas (August 9, 2011) — Seventy two percent of laboratory outreach programs admitted having serious collection problems that resulted in low net revenue, high bad debt, and internal inefficiencies, according to a recent survey. However, laboratory outreach programs can quickly implement strategies to produce more clean claims that are paid on first submission, collect surprisingly large amounts of bad debt, and generate substantial increases in net revenue and cash flow.
How Internet-Based Lab Tests Access Helps Clinical Laboratories Serve Un-Insured and Under-Insured Patients (White Paper)
AUSTIN, Texas (July 21, 2011) — When consumers need to pay for laboratory tests out of their own pockets, they will oftentimes forgo them due to limited funds. Some Internet-based companies are offering a solution to this dilemma with low-cost lab tests. These tests are particularly appealing to patients who are uninsured, underinsured, or have high deductible health insurance plans.
Reducing Manual Steps, Improving Turnaround Times, and Creating a Lean Laboratory Environment: ISD Testing on the Dimension® Integrated Chemistry Systems
AUSTIN, Texas (July 15, 2011) — Among the challenges facing the clinical laboratory environment in the past 10 years are significant medical technologist vacancy rates, increased competition, and a significant number of opportunities to inadvertently make testing errors. With such macroeconomic challenges the industry has used a variety of methods, including Lean quality management, to identify ways to increase productivity, decrease costs, and become more efficient at generating test results.
Preparing for a Medicare RAC Audit Essential Do’s and Don’ts for Labs to Reduce Compliance Risk and Avoid Penalties (Audio Conference)
AUSTIN, Texas (July 8, 2011) — As part of a new Medicare program — Recovery Audit Contractors Program (RAC) —independent auditors are visiting provider facilities, including clinical labs and pathology groups, in an effort to recover an estimated $24 billion a year resulting from abuse, fraud, and reimbursement problems. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have designated four independent companies to conduct RAC audits, and they’ll have surprising authority to view source documentation.
AUSTIN, Texas (June 13, 2011) – In response to growing demand for ScheduleLabs, an automated laboratory staff scheduling solution, Maplewood Software, Inc., has selected Longhorn Laboratory Partners, LLC, to be its national and global distributor. As part of this agreement, Longhorn will also distribute Maplewood’s InspectionReady suite of products that helps medical laboratories maintain a paperless, 24/7 readiness for laboratory accreditation inspections.
ACOs and Medical Homes: Preparing a Lab for Dramatic Changes in How Physicians Use Clinical Laboratories (Audio Conference)
AUSTIN, Texas (June 8, 2011) — In less than seven months, the federal Medicare program will begin contracting with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). At this point, clinical laboratories and pathology groups have little time left to craft an intelligent strategy to serve this new model of integrated patient care.
Lab Quality Confab Is the One-Stop Shop for All That’s Best, New, and Effective in Lean, Six Sigma, and ISO
AUSTIN, Texas (May 26, 2011)—In only a few months, the fifth annual Lab Quality Confab will bring together clinical laboratory managers and pathology leaders from around the world to broaden their skills, deepen their knowledge, and meet professionals best positioned to advance their careers. Lab Quality Confab is designed and organized to be the ultimate resource in Lean, Six Sigma, ISO, and other important process improvements and quality management systems. It’s the one-stop shop for all that’s best, new, and effective.
War College to Tackle ‘Holy Trinity’ of Health Reform
(From ADVANCE Magazine)
With more than 80 sessions this year, the College’s agenda–and its reputation–are expanding. “We are on track to have more than 650 people from as many as 10 countries around the world,” conference organizer Robert Michel, editor-in-chief of The Dark Report, based in Spicewood, TX, tells ADVANCE. “Not many conferences focus on best practices in lab operations. It makes the Executive War College distinctive in the calendar of events in the lab world.”
Connecting Labs to Physicians’ Electronic Health Records: Effective Strategies for Laboratories to Add Value
AUSTIN, Texas (April 29, 2011) —With physicians’ adoption of electronic health records (EHRs) soaring, laboratories are facing increased demand for integrated connectivity for orders and structured results reporting, as well as the threat of reduced utilization and loss of market share if unprepared. Partnering with an open connectivity provider will enable laboratories to offer a single, efficient, cost-effective integration strategy to physicians’ EHRs.
The Essential Guide to Achieving the Perfect Pathology Fellowship: Useful Advice and ‘Must-Do’s’ for First-, Second-, and Third-Year Residents
AUSTIN, Texas (April 21, 2011) — Early in their four-year residency programs, pathology residents should start searching for the perfect fellowship and employers should emphasize the need for residents to acquire subspecialty expertise before they begin a career in pathology and laboratory medicine.
Managing Multiple Generations in Your Lab: Proven Methods to Motivate Gen X, Gen Y, and Baby Boomers in the Same Workplace
AUSTIN, Texas (April 6, 2011) — With four generations of employees now working side by side, laboratory managers need to rethink their management strategies. Each generation approaches work differently—whether it’s how they want feedback, how they connect to an organization, or how they access information. Attempting to manage them with a single approach is likely to result in conflict and a lack of productivity that no clinical laboratory or pathology group can afford.
Risk of Misdiagnosis Due to Tissue Contamination May Be Higher for Certain Specimen Types:
Changes to laboratory staining techniques offer opportunity to reduce contamination events
AUSTIN, Texas (March 17, 2011) — Determining if an artifact on a slide is a contaminant or patient tissue can require hours of extra time in analysis. The risk of misinterpretation may be greater than most pathologists realize, especially in certain tissue types. Some studies report slide contamination rates of up to 25%.
AUSTIN, Texas (March 11, 2011) – With talk about proposed new healthcare reforms has come an increased focus on the price of healthcare. As a result, hospitals, laboratories, and other institutions are examining how they can reduce costs and get the biggest bang for their buck.
Getting Paid for Molecular Tests: How Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Should Respond to Pre-Authorization Requirements by Payers
AUSTIN, Texas (February 1, 2011) — The proliferation of molecular diagnostics is bringing a tidal wave of complexity, cost and quality issues for payers, clinicians and laboratories. As a result, payers are accelerating efforts to appropriately manage the utilization and reimbursement of molecular diagnostics and genetic tests.
AUSTIN, Texas (October 14, 2010) — MANAGEMENT SKILLS AT ALL LEVELS ARE IN HIGH DEMAND! Across the nation, clinical laboratories and pathology groups need skilled and competent management leaders. Now you can step up your personal management career and your contribution to your laboratory organization. Our special two-day workshop delivers you the customized management tools, insights, and hands-on competence you need to move up your lab’s management ladder
How Meaningful Use and EMR Adoption Will Reshape Your Lab’s Competitive Future and Its Profitability
AUSTIN, Texas (September 14, 2010) — Clinical laboratories and pathology groups will soon be required to maintain laboratory information systems (LIS) that can interface directly with physician’s office electronic medical records (EMR)—if they want to remain competitive. That’s according to industry experts who predict that the push to prove “meaningful use,” and receive the maximum incentive funds under the HITECH Act, will drive more than 400,000 physicians toward EMR implementation over the next 60 months.
Clinical and Pathology Laboratory Leaders to Share Successes in Process Improvement, Lean, and ISO 15189
AUSTIN, Texas (September 1, 2010) -Clinical and pathology laboratory leaders from across the nation and the globe will soon gather at the fourth annual Lab Quality Confab to share successes, innovations, and case studies in the use of process improvement techniques, including such proven methods as Lean, Six Sigma, and ISO 15189. Lab Quality Confab http:www.labqualityconfab.com will take place on November 2-3, 2010, at the Westin Riverwalk Hotel in San Antonio, Texas.
AUSTIN, Texas (February 26, 2010)- With several mergers & acquisitions announced in recent weeks there is good news for those planning to attend the upcoming 15th Annual Executive War College. Laboratory Executives will learn from highly experienced professionals while gaining a wealth of operational knowledge, proven management strategies, and real world best practices.
AUSTIN, Texas (January 6, 2010) — With the federal government offering $20 billion dollars to encourage physicians to adopt Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems, it is a gamechanger that requires clinical laboratories to step up with an LIS-to-EMR interface if they want to continue their business relationship with these physicians.
AUSTIN, Texas (December 2, 2009) — With the economy in the tank and Congress about to enact radical reforms to the American healthcare system, clinical laboratories and pathology groups are struggling to stay financially solvent. However, a subset of American clinical labs are holding their own. THE DARK REPORT has investigated their success and finds one common attribute sets them apart from struggling labs: effective use of Lean and Six Sigma methods.
AUSTIN, Texas (November 9, 2009)— Most clinical laboratories and pathology groups are unprepared to cope with the numerous and regular wave of impending retirements as Baby Boomer bench supervisors, department managers, and senior administrators reach the age of 65. That makes succession planning a critical success factor for all laboratories in the United States.
FREE White Paper: Revenue Cycle Management Contributes to Increased Laboratory Profits and Valuations
AUSTIN, Texas (October 22, 2009) — There is no doubt that the complexity of laboratory revenue cycle management is unmatched in all of health care. With frequent regulatory and compliance rules changes, ever tightening margins, and a severely weakened economy, it is getting harder and harder for potentially acquirable independent labs to be sure they are not leaving potential profits on the table. THE DARK REPORT is happy to offer our readers a chance to download our recently published White Paper “A CEO’s Guide to Increasing Laboratory Valuation: ” at absolutely no charge. This free download will provide readers with a detailed analysis of how laboratories can maximize reimbursement to increase revenue and valuation operating margin.
New Managed Care Contracting Trends, Issues, and Opportunities for Clinical Labs and Pathology Groups
Austin, TX (September 9, 2009) – Negotiating managed care contracts can be the most challenging and intimidating aspect of maintaining a competitive commercial lab or pathology group. In our upcoming audio conference “New Managed Care Contracting Trends, Issues, and Opportunities for Clinical Labs and Pathology Groups”, THE DARK REPORT will present two leading voices in the field to discuss how labs and pathology groups can turn the tables on health insurers to guarantee maximum reimbursement. The audio conference will take place on Thursday September 17th, 2009 at 1 PM EDT.
Pathology and Radiology’s Combined Future is Now at Kansas University: How Integrated Breast Cancer Diagnostics Is Changing Patient Care for the Better!
AUSTIN, Texas (July 17, 2009) — In a pioneering effort at Kansas University, a radiologist and a pathologist are working side-by-side to review each other’s primary images and issue a single, integrated diagnostic report for breast cancer patients! The big, positive surprise from this groundbreaking collaboration is measurable improvement in diagnostic accuracy, leading to improved patient outcomes.
AUSTIN, Texas (July 3, 2009) — As a lab manager, part of your job is staff development—getting members of your team to take on more responsibility and eventually become managers themselves. But if you were never taught how to develop employees—and many managers weren’t—you’re probably wondering where to begin.
AUSTIN, Texas (March 13, 2009) – The DARK REPORT, a leading source of practical information for laboratory professionals, announces the 14th Annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management is scheduled for April 27-29 at the Sheraton New Orleans, with a bonus day of intensive workshops April 30.
AUSTIN, Texas (January 12, 2009) — Last week, it was national news when Quest Diagnostics Incorporated acknowledged it had reported inaccurate Vitamin D tests on tens of thousands of patients during 2007-2008 and was conducting a patient recall/retest program. This story was first uncovered and reported by the lab industry’s reliable source for lab business intelligence, THE DARK REPORT, in its December 22, 2008 issue.
AUSTIN, Texas (August 26, 2008) – If you’re looking for ways to boost your lab’s revenue in the coming months (and who isn’t?), you won’t want to miss the August 26th DARK REPORT audio conference where you’ll learn proven steps to help you generate cash from unbilled services and lost or unpaid claims. Presentations by Kevin Ellison, President & CEO for Kellison & Company and Mark Edwards, Vice President of Operations for Kellison & Company both based in Cleveland Ohio.
AUSTIN, Texas (September 4, 2008) – Advances in molecular testing and molecular technologies are creating new opportunities for hospital and health/system laboratories. To help laboratories provide these brand-new molecular advances to physicians-and significantly increase revenue, THE DARK REPORT announces a special audio conference “How Hospitals And Health System Labs Can Profit From New Must-Have Molecular Tests And Technologies.”
AUSTIN, Texas (September 2, 2008) – Later this month, clinical laboratory leaders from across the globe will gather at the second annual Lab Quality Confab to share successes, innovations, and case studies in the use of Lean, Six Sigma, and ISO:15189 in clinical laboratories, pathology laboratories, and hospitals. Lab Quality Confab http:www.labqualityconfab.com will take place on September 24-25, 2008, at the Atlanta Hilton in Atlanta Georgia. Speakers from the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Great Britain, and Sweden will provide insight and experience about the use of Lean, Six Sigma, and ISO:15189.
AUSTIN, Texas (October 1, 2008) – Today’s most innovative clinical laboratories and pathology labs are tapping a powerful resource to achieve world-class outcomes-their managers! THE DARK REPORT announces a special audio conference “Improving Lab Management Productivity: How To Evaluate Your Team And Stimulate Increased Performance And Profitability.” This audio conference will take place on Tuesday, October 21, 2008 at 1 PM EDT.
AUSTIN, Texas (December 3, 2008) – Labs and pathology groups can turn the tables on health insurers during managed care contract negotiations by using proven strategies to win generous reimbursement. These techniques and more will be discussed at the upcoming special audio conference “Managed Care Lab Contracting: How To Negotiate The Best Pricing And Terms For Your Lab.” This audio conference will take place on Wednesday December 17th, 2008 at 1 PM EDT. Produced by THE DARK REPORT, the first speaker featured is Michael Snyder of Laboratory Management Strategies.
Innovators in the Integration of In Vivo and In Vitro Diagnostics to Share Breakthroughs at Molecular Summit on February 10-11, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas (December 10, 2008) – Rapid advances in genetics and molecular technologies now allow innovative radiologists and pathologists to integrate molecular imaging and molecular diagnostics in ways that advance patient care. Leaders in this effort to integrate in vivo and in vitro diagnostics will be speaking at the upcoming Molecular Summit on the Integration of In Vivo and In Vitro Diagnostics, which will take place on February 10-11, 2009 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.