Ireland is dealing with a cervical cancer screening scandal that reaches back to laboratories in the United States. In recent months, the Irish public has learned that more than 200 women wrongly got negative Pap test results over a multi-year period. Many of these women did not learn of the erroneous test results for years after
Articles by Robert Michel
In Sebastopol, Calif., the financially-troubled Sonoma West Medical Center (SWMC) dropped a controversial drugs-of-abuse testing program. The following month, without the revenue from the drug testing program, 37-bed SWMC lost $1.4 million. In 2017, the hospital entered into a pass-through billing arrangement with a Florida attorney, Aaron Durall and his lab company, Reliance Laboratory Testing.
Add Estonia to the growing list of nations that will now provide genetic information to its citizens. On March 20, the government rolled out an initiative that, in its first phase, will generate genetic information for 100,000 of its 1.3 million residents. This data will address an individual’s genetic risk for specific diseases. The University of
CEO SUMMARY: Discovery of multiple diagnostic errors occurring in an anatomic pathology department triggered a complaint investigation and a 54-page report from the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. The report shows that Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is reviewing more than 9,000 pathology cases to identify incorrect cancer diagnoses. Last month, the medical
On March 6, one of the lab industry’s long-serving executives and consultants, Jack Mattice, PhD, of Vancouver, Wash., died from flu complications. He was 77 years old. Mattice earned a PhD in medical microbiology from University of Oregon. Within a few years, he was handling market development for United Medical Laboratories (UML), of Portland, Ore. UML reached
“More people took genetic ancestry tests last year than in all previous years combined,” declared Senior Editor Antonio Regalado in a story published on Feb. 18 by MIT Technology Review. He wrote that, just in 2017, the number of people who had their DNA analyzed with direct-to-consumer genetic genealogy tests more than doubled. According to
DUBAI TO TEST DNA OF ITS 3 MILLION CITIZENS
RECENTLY, GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS in Dubai announced a plan to conduct genetic testing on all three million residents. Experts say this is an unprecedented decision by any national government.
This human genome project will be part of the Dubai 10X initiative. “The authority is looking to target all residents of
CEO SUMMARY: Pass-through billing arrangements, particularly those involving clinical laboratory tests, have long been recognized by healthcare attorneys as having great potential to violate certain federal and state laws. Despite this fact, board members of a financially-struggling community hospital went forward with a pass-through billing agreement that news accounts says committed the hospital to pay
Because of the explosion in different payment systems, hospitals, physicians, and providers such as clinical laboratories are facing a new challenge: how to match a payment to a specific patient’s service. Modern Healthcare writer Tara Bannow reports that, “back when most patients paid with cash or checks, most health systems relied solely on banks to handle
DEEP PRICE CUTS to the Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule was the big story of 2017. The big story of 2018 may be the widespread financial disruption to the clinical lab industry as labs see dramatic declines in their revenue from these Medicare fee cuts.
One early opportunity for lab administrators and pathologists to