UnitedHealthcare to Grade Oncologists on Compliance with Care Guidelines

Appropriate use of clinical pathology laboratory tests to detect and treat cancer will be a scorecard factor One primary goal of pay-for-performance programs is to reduce or eliminate the variability of care that physicians provide to their patients. Getting physicians to follow the recommended care protocols 100% of the time with 100% of their patients would contribute to improved outcomes, while reducing overall healthcare costs. Pathologists and clinical laboratory professionals are well...

Top Ten Lab Industry Stories for 2008 Announced by The Dark Report

It’s no surprise that topping The Dark Report’s list of Top Ten Most Important Stories of 2008 for the laboratory industry is the successful repeal of the Medicare Part B Laboratory Services Competitive Bidding Demonstration Project. Across the nation, labs feared the consequences were federal health officials to have implemented the flawed scheme that was scheduled to commence in the San Diego-Carlsbad-San Marcos SMA (statistical metropolitan area) by July 1, 2008. Our list of the...

Lab Workers Make “10 Germiest Jobs in America” List

Aptly nicknamed “Dr. Germ,” Charles P. Gerba, Ph.D., a microbiologist at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona, has made headlines recently with his list of the “10 Germiest Jobs in America.” Not surprisingly, lab scientist ranks number five. What job does Dr. Germ consider the germiest? Number one on his list was teachers and day care workers. Twice in the past month, network news reporters have interviewed Gerba. In October, NBC News highlighted his list of the...
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