Proposed Federal Rules Let Patients Compare Healthcare Costs on Their Smartphones

Another push for price transparency steps up pressure on medical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups to develop compliance strategies Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are under increasing pressure to develop strategies for making their test prices more accessible to patients. Those pressures are likely to grow due to newly proposed federal regulations that aim to allow patients to compare prices for healthcare services on their smartphones. This new proposed rule...

GOP Senators Join House Republicans in Calling for an End to EHR Payments

Unexpected opposition to EHR incentive program should be watched by pathologists and clinical laboratory managers Questions about the value of the federal government’s program to encourage provider adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems were raised by Republican leaders in both houses of Congress just weeks before the election on November 6. Because clinical laboratories and pathology groups have a big stake in interfacing their laboratory information systems to physicians’ EHRs,...

Bad News for Clinical Pathology Laboratories: Med Techs Rank Number 3 on List of Most-Educated and Least-Paid Professions

 UPDATE–DECEMBER 20, 2011:   Since the original publication of this Dark Daily e-briefing on December 19, 2011, the version of the story published by 24/7 Wall Street on November 15, 2011 has been edited following a letter, dated December 19, 2011, that was sent by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS). 24/7 Wall Street has removed the profession it titled “Medical and Clinical Laboratory Technicians” from its list of the “most-educated and least-paid” professions. It...
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