Issue: Volume XVIII No. 1 - January 18, 2011

More Reimbursement Threats for Lab Testing

WE ARE NOW WELL INTO THE FIRST MONTH OF 2011 and already there are plenty of signs that reimbursement for both clinical laboratory testing and anatomic pathology testing will come under siege from a variety of sources this year. Take, for example, the rather rapid action by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) …

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Paper Requisition Signature Rule Contradicts 2001 Actions

CEO SUMMARY: Last year, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) used publication of the proposed 2011 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule to introduce new language that would require, as of January 1, 2011, that all paper requisitions for clinical laboratory tests for Medicare patients be signed by a physician or qualified non-physician provider. Public …

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How Labs Should Comply With New Signature Rule

CEO SUMMARY: Across the nation, clinical laboratories and pathology groups are reacting to the new Medicare rule that requires a physician signature on a paper requisition for clinical laboratory tests. Laboratories using paper requisitions will need to add a signature line, then print and distribute these new requisitions to their clients. Pathologists and lab administrators …

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Beckman Coulter and Genoptix Offer Themselves Up for Sale

FOR DIFFERENT REASONS, last month two large companies in the lab industry put themselves up for sale. Assuming that both companies are sold, one consequence may be further consolidation in both the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) manufacturing sector and the lab testing sector. It was on December 9, 2010, when news broke that Beckman Coulter …

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Pursuing More Benefits From Next Generation Lab Automation

CEO Summary: Once it was decided to replace an aging, five-year-old laboratory automation system at the laboratory of Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois, the administration at the hospital issued a challenge. It asked the laboratory team to deliver an immediate 10% cost savings upon implementation of its next-generation laboratory automation solution. Because of a …

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Surprises in KLAS Rating of Anatomic Path Systems

CEO SUMMARY: KLAS Research published its Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards in December and ranked Psyche WindoPath the top system in two categories. KLAS, which rates as many as 56 categories of healthcare software and professional services products in its annual report, does not provide much detail in how it conducts surveys of users, …

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January 18, 2011 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Do you know about GRIPE? It’s the Group for Research in Pathology Education and it just concluded its winter meeting last week at Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia. The organization has approximately 120 subscribers and, although most are located in the United States, it does have subscribers in countries ranging from Grenada and Ireland …

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