All-new webinar featuring Jane Pine Wood and Richard Cooper to share expertise with clinical lab and pathology groups on actions to take now in preparation for 2017’s tougher lab regulations and new legal issues


21806 Briarcliff Dr.
Spicewood, Texas 78669
512-264-7103 o
512-264-0969  f


Media Contact: Chris Garcia

AUSTIN, Texas (October 5, 2016) Tougher challenges are coming to all labs in 2017, with the new year bringing significant changes to lab test reimbursement, lab compliance, and managed care contracting. Most of these challenges all boil down to one thing: tougher actions by government and private payers which are expected to have negative financial consequences for the nation’s medical laboratories and pathology groups.

“It is generally acknowledged that all the coming changes make 2017 a high-stakes year for the entire clinical laboratory industry and pathology profession,” said Robert L. Michel, Editor-In-Chief of The Dark Report. “Labs are poised to take an extreme hit, unless they take the right steps now.”

“To help clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups prepare for these challenges, The Dark Report has arranged a special 90-minute webinar that features several of the nation’s most respected experts in laboratory law, regulation, and managed care contracting. On October 12, at 1 PM EDT, from the law firm McDonald Hopkins, attorneys Richard S. Cooper, Jane Pine Wood, and Elizabeth Sullivan will discuss the most important changes coming to the clinical lab and anatomic pathology marketplace in 2017.”

Labs everywhere should take this opportunity to interact directly with Cooper, Wood, and Sullivan during “Preparing for 2017’s Tougher Lab Regulations and New Legal Issues: What Every Lab and Pathology Group Needs to Know to Protect Revenue and Stay Compliant” on the key issues that will confront their labs after January 1. Based on their work with client labs, national laboratory medicine societies and associations, and their discussions with CMS, policymakers, Medicare Administrative Contracts, and managed care companies, Wood, Cooper, and Sullivan will share invaluable insights and recommendations.

This 90-minute webinar will address key issues in these primary areas, with a Q&A period after each module:

• PAMA Market Price Reporting. Exclusive insights about the processes labs need to put in place right away, and in 2017.

• ADLTs/LDTs. The benefits of pursuing ADLT status with molecular and genetic testing, and the stumbling blocks. Plus, important updates about the status of the regulation of LDTs.

• Audit Activity by Private Payers. Enlightening discussion about the increased frequency of audits, the items being focused on, and the tactics being used, with insights on how labs can mitigate their audit risk, as well as the steps to take to effectively respond to an audit.

• Medicare/Medicaid. Why labs should be looking at their payer contracts and their client billing contracts now—and what to check for and the actions to take.

• Direct-to-Consumer Testing. Little-known facts about the intricacies and pitfalls of reaching out with lab services directly to patients.

For more information about Preparing for 2017’s Tougher Lab Regulations and New Legal Issues: What Every Lab and Pathology Group Needs to Know to Protect Revenue and Stay Compliant and to view webinar details including presenters biographies and pricing, click here. You may also contact Chris Garcia at 512-264-7103.

Established in 1995, THE DARK REPORT is the leading source of exclusive business intelligence for laboratory CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Pathologists and Senior industry executives. It is widely read by leaders in laboratory medicine and diagnostics. The Dark Report produces the famous Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management every spring, which showcases innovations by the nation’s and globe’s leading laboratory organizations. Dark Daily is an Internet-based e-briefing intelligence service, read worldwide by thought leaders in laboratory and pathology management. Other well-known conferences conducted by THE DARK REPORT are Lab Quality Confab (on the use of Lean and Six Sigma methods in labs and hospitals) and Molecular Summit (on the integration of in vivo and in vitro diagnostics). THE DARK REPORT co-produces Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine annually in the United Kingdom; Executive Edge bi-annually in Canada; and The Business of Pathology bi-annually in Australia.