Pathologists Are Included in the Updated CMS “Physician Compare” Website

Medicare officials continue to work toward improved transparency in provider outcomes Medicare officials are making progress in their efforts to help patients “shop” for doctors, including pathologists. It has gone live with a new website called “Physician Compare.” This website offers many search functions not previously available. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put up the new website to fulfill one mandate of the healthcare reform law, known as the Patient Protection...

Do or Die: Clinical Laboratories Must Invest to Build Up LIS-EMR Interfaces with Physicians’ Offices

Experts predict a surge in the number of physicians using electronic medical record systems By dangling as much as $20 billion in front of physicians to encourage their adoption of electronic medical record (EMR) systems during the next few years, Congress has created a new and expensive challenge for the nation’s clinical laboratories. That challenge is the need for every pathology laboratory to establish a high-function interface from its LIS to the office-based physician’s EMR. According to...

As Both Senator and President, Obama Actively Supports Personalized Medicine and Genetic Testing

It may be that personalized medicine is becoming one of those All-American icons, like apple pie and mom. That’s because personalized medicine, as a concept and goal for the American healthcare system, seems to have universal support. If true, this is a positive long-term development for clinical laboratories and pathology groups. Take the new president, for example. Barack Obama has long contended that personalized medicine must be at the heart of health care reform. “The issue of...
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