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Volume XXX, Number 15 - October 23, 2023

Machine Learning Is Ready to Give Clinical Labs New Capabilities

In the second part of an exclusive Q&A with The Dark Report, Clinisys CEO Michael Simpson explains how new developments in digital technologies will expand the value and role of lab test data. He predicts that labs will use artificial Intelligence (AI)—rooted in machine learning, natural language processing, and neural networks—to create operational efficiencies while …

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Clinisys CEO Discusses Strategic Changes That Labs Need to Make

In an exclusive Q&A with The Dark Report, Clinisys CEO Michael Simpson describes the main forces transforming healthcare here in the United States and abroad. He connects these trends with advances in cloud-based technology, artificial intelligence, and machine learning. Simpson became CEO and President at lab informatics provider Clinisys in 2017. Since then, he has …

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Why Many Patients Cannot Pay for Their Lab Tests

IT IS WIDELY RECOGNIZED THAT GOVERNMENT AND PRIVATE PAYERS STEADILY NIBBLE AWAY at what they reimburse clinical laboratories and anatomic pathologists. Lowering the prices paid for tests, excluding labs from networks, and declining to grant coverage for new lab tests are just a few of the tactics used by the health insurance industry to cut …

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Hospitals, Pharmacies Struggle to Be Profitable

CEO SUMMARY: Pharmaceutical companies may be posting strong growth in revenue and profits. But that’s not true for the nation’s largest retail pharmacy chains. Rite Aid’s Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing earlier this month put a spotlight on financial stress at all the retail pharmacy chains. This news was matched by the release of a survey …

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Proficiency Testing Ranks High as a CLIA Violation

CEO SUMMARY: Proficiency testing (PT) deficiencies are consistently cited by clinical laboratory accreditors during CLIA inspections. Surveyors and inspectors note that labs may mistakenly believe that an 80% score on a PT event is satisfactory. To the contrary, experts advise labs to scrutinize every PT sample that does not pass muster. Editor’s note: This is …

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Clinisys CEO Discusses Strategic Changes Labs Need to Make

“Today, we predict that the next storm is about ready to happen, and it will involve clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology practices.” —Michael Simpson CEO SUMMARY: In this exclusive Q&A with The Dark Report, Clinisys CEO Michael Simpson describes the main forces transforming healthcare here in the United States and abroad. He connects these trends …

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Gaining Network Access with Payers Is Often about Geography

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our column, Virchow, is written by anonymous insiders working within the managed care world. The column aims to help clients of The Dark Report better understand the decisions, policies, and actions of payers as they manage their laboratory networks, establish coverage guidelines, process lab test claims, and audit labs. SMALLER LABORATORIES WANTING TO …

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October 23, 2023, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Earlier this summer, a 16-year-old completed his bachelor of science degree, along with his certification as a Medical Laboratory Scientist (MLS). The faculty at LSU Health-Shreveport reported that Isak Schmidley, MLS (ASCP)BC is the youngest graduate of its Medical Laboratory Science Program to earn both the BS and the MLS certification. Schmidley earned his associate’s …

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