Medical Device Companies May Pass New 2.3% Federal Excise Tax Along to Healthcare Providers, Including Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Lots of controversy is associated with this new tax levy that was mandated by the Affordable Care Act Will it be medical device manufacturers or their customers—including medical laboratories—who pay the new 2.3% medical device tax that became effective on January 1, 2013? That question is being asked by healthcare policymakers and experts, as well as pathologists and clinical laboratory administrators. This new tax is mandated by the Affordable Care Act on medical device sales to healthcare...

FDA Issues Proposed Rule on Medical Device UDI System That Will Also Apply to Clinical Pathology Analyzers and Lab Products

Many products that medical laboratories use will be covered under the new UDI system You’re reading it here first! UPCs—universal product codes—are coming soon to the medical laboratory analyzers and other products that your clinical laboratory purchases. Under a proposed rule published by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), medical devices will soon have UDIs—universal device identifiers. You know about UPCs. Those are the ubiquitous “universal product codes” that are found on literally...

Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) Claims Hospitals and Clinical Laboratories Don’t Get Best Pricing from GPO Contracts

Researchers Offer Evidence that Hospitals and Pathology Labs Often Negotiate Lower Prices on Their Own Even as Congress shines a spotlight on the business activities of group purchasing organizations (GPOs), the Medical Device Manufacturers Association (MDMA) has made public a research study it initiated about GPO contract practices. This report says an inherent conflict of interest prevents GPOs from obtaining the lowest possible prices for its hospital and clinical pathology laboratory...

Do GPOs Help Hospitals and Clinical Laboratories Save Money? GAO Report Answers That Question

GAO investigates certain business practices of group purchasing organizations For years, hospitals and clinical pathology laboratories have wondered exactly how much money is saved when they use the services of group purchasing organizations (GPOs). Now a newly-published government report provides interesting details about the financial activities of GPOs. In response to a Congressional directive, the Government Accountability Office (GAO) recently studied GPOs and released a report on their...

Global Location Numbers (GLNs) Soon to Be Used by Clinical Pathology Laboratories

Uniform tracking standard will revolutionize healthcare purchasing nationwide Most pathologists and clinical laboratory managers are not aware that implementation of global location numbers (GLNs) will occur in just a few months. Every healthcare provider in the United States and many other nations will get a unique GLN. The entire purchasing and shipping side of healthcare is poised to adopt a universal standard that will ensure the precise delivery of products to their final destinations....
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