Crowdsourced Medicine Could Provide Pathologists and Medical Laboratory Scientists with New Methods for Helping Physicians Diagnose Rare Medical Conditions

Unorthodox approach could one day provide clinical laboratories with new market opportunities to offer patients diagnostic services Patients turning to the Internet to learn about medical ailments, chronic disease, medical laboratory tests, or pathology treatments is nothing remarkable these days. The Internet has become ubiquitous to patients who are engaged in their own healthcare. However, crowdsourcing medical problems to find probable diagnoses for rare medical conditions is a novel...

Innovative California NPR Project Takes on Healthcare Pricing Transparency

NPR stations in San Francisco and Los Angeles crowdsourced healthcare cost data from listeners to reveal arbitrary pricing of medical services Over the past two years, Dark Daily has published a number of stories dealing with price transparency, or lack of it, most of which involved government agencies or nonprofits concerned about the high cost of healthcare services. This latest effort to shine a light on healthcare pricing, however, comes from National Public Radio (NPR). San Francisco’s...

Coding Consultant Uses Crowdsourcing for Clinical Pathology Laboratories to Post Amounts Paid by Medicare Contractors for Molecular Test Claims

Medical laboratories have yet to learn how much to expect in payment for molecular pathology test claims submitted to the Medicare program Concern is rising among pathologists and clinical laboratory directors about what the Medicare program will pay this year for the 104 new molecular test CPT codes. These new CPT codes became effective on January 1, 2013. Few–if any–medical laboratories have received payments for Medicare claims submitted early in January. That’s because contractors for the...

Pathology Labs Might Benefit from $1 Million Challenge to Sequence the Genome of a Single Cancer Cell

Goal is to produce accurate sequence of one human cancer cell; could lead to new cancer tests Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will find the latest “prize” for a genetic breakthrough to have direct relevance to molecular diagnostics. One million dollars will go to the first person who sequences an entire cancer cell genome, including all of the RNA, using a specific whole human genome sequencer made by Carlsbad, California-based Life Technologies (NASDAQ: LIFE). This is the fourth...
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