Issue: Volume XX No. 6 - May 6, 2013

Unpaid for Molecular Tests, Some Labs Are Closing

THERE IS GREAT FRUSTRATION ACROSS THE LABORATORY MEDICINE PROFESSION on the subject of getting paid for claims covered by the new Tier I and Tier II molecular test CPT codes. We are now in the fifth month of the year and pathologists are still waiting for an acceptable resolution to this situation. Last week in …

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Executive War College Sessions Center Upon Three Trends

CEO SUMMARY: There was an interesting blend of anxiety and optimism as a record crowd gathered in New Orleans last week for the 18th annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management. The anxiety was rooted in the shrinking prices paid by payers for lab testing services. The optimism was based on recognition that …

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Dartmouth Builds New Lab to Serve Growth in Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Demand for specialized reference and esoteric testing is so robust at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center in New Hampshire that the academic center is building an expanded laboratory facility to accommodate the increased volume of tests it handles each year. A favorable trend supporting these developments is the steady decline in the cost of …

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Mass Spectrometry, Collaboration Produce Dramatic Results

CEO SUMMARY: When the Department of Pathology and Genomic Medicine at the Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas, worked with the Pharmacy Services Department, the outcome was a dramatic reduction in the time needed to more accurately identify and treat the pathogens causing gram-negative bloodstream infections. This successful program reduced the average length of stay by …

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Standard Bar Code Labels Can Reduce Lab Errors

CEO SUMMARY: Standardization of bar code labels is a concept whose time has come. After implementing CLSI standard AUTO12-A, first-mover clinical labs report fewer specimen identification errors, a reduction of costs associated with specimen handling errors, and a boost in lab productivity. Moreover, accrediting bodies such as The Joint Commission and the College of American …

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Labs Should Prepare for Larger Patient Deductibles

CEO SUMMARY: Employers are taking active steps to control the year-over-year increases in the cost of health benefits. One strategy gaining favor is to move employees away from traditional health plans and enroll them in high-deductible health plans (HDHPs). This is a trend with huge financial implications for clinical labs and pathology groups. It means …

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May 06, 2013 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Much is happening in the anatomic pathology market in the Pacific Northwest. PAML, LLC (Spokane, Washington), and CellNetix (Seattle, Washington) finally executed the agreement whereby PAML made an equity investment in CellNetix. Now, the two lab companies will collaborate on developing a reference and esoteric anatomic pathology testing service with national ambitions. Within days of …

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