Month: July 2019

CMS Sanctioned Three Houston Hospitals, Labs

CEO SUMMARY: At MD Anderson Cancer Center and Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center, blood transfusion errors led to two patients’ deaths in separate incidents last fall. Then, this spring, a patient died in the emergency department of Ben Taub Hospital following “an ineffective process in patient monitoring and communication of critical lab values.” State and …

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July 22, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Another clinical laboratory company disclosed a major breach of its patients’ protected health information (PHI). On July 15, Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL), a division of Sonic Healthcare, issued a press release and disclosed that it estimated as many as 2.2 million of its patients may have had their data exposed in a breach at Retrieval Masters …

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By 2025, the Millennial Generation Will Dominate Lab, Pathology Workforce

This is an excerpt of a 2,576-word article in the July 22, 2019 issue of THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full articles are available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Within five years, members of the millennial generation will make up 75% of the physician workforce in the United States,according to a …

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By 2025, Millennials Will Dominate Lab, Pathologist Workforce

CEO SUMMARY: Within five years, members of the millennial generation will make up 75% of the physician workforce in the United States, rising from about 24% in 2017. That three-fold increase represents a strong demographic trend that will require changes in the steps all clinical laboratories and pathology groups take when seeking to attract and …

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Bill Would Delay PAMA Reporting for One Year

CEO SUMMARY: For all laboratories that must report private payer price data under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), a new bill in congress would delay the next round of data reporting for one year and require the National Academy of Medicine to recommend ways to improve the data collection and market-rate setting processes …

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Houston Errors Are Every Clinical Pathologist’s Fear

Due to medical errors, three patients died in three Houston hospitals in a short period of time. Each adverse event led to inspections by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and sanctions as tough as revocation of deemed status for participation in the Medicare program. That these events came so closely together, …

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FDA Clears Aperio’s Digital Pathology System

CEO SUMMARY: In May, the FDA announced clearance for Leica Biosystems to market its Aperio AT2 DX System for clinical diagnosis in the United States. The Aperio AT2 DX System is intended for in vitro diagnostic use as an aid to pathologists reviewing and interpreting digital images of surgical pathology slides prepared from formalin-fixed paraffin …

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Outside US, Digital Path Moves Ahead Rapidly

CEO SUMMARY: Implementation of digital pathology and whole-slide imaging systems in the United States lags behind that of other countries for two reasons. One is a more acute shortage of pathologists in those countries and the other is a less restrictive regulatory environment. In some locations outside the United States, pathologists have adopted fully-digital operations, …

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Anthem Rolling Out More Anatomic Path Price Cuts

CEO SUMMARY: Anthem is making big changes to its relationships with anatomic pathology groups. Getting most of the attention at the moment are the insurer’s letters announcing price cuts for anatomic pathology services of 50% to 70% of Medicare fees. But another major change may also trigger negative consequences for pathologists. Anthem is moving pathology …

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Labs Should Heed Lessons from Huge Data Breach

CEO SUMMARY: Following news last month about the biggest breach of personal health information in the clinical lab industry, lawyers representing some of the affected patients filed at least 12 class action lawsuits. Federal officials and attorneys general in multiple states also launched investigations. The breach occurred when hackers gained access to the data systems …

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