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New company ready to heat up slow digital pathology market

IN THE 2000S, DIGITAL PATHOLOGY WAS THE HOT NEW TECHNOLOGY that held great potential to transform anatomic pathology in myriad ways, not the least of which was an essential tool to streamline pathologist workflow while suppor…

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New Company Ready to Heat Up Slow Digital Pathology Market

CEO SUMMARY: There’s a new competitor in the digital pathology marketplace with ambitious plans to deliver a fully-integrated pathologist workflow solution. Inspirata, Inc., of Tampa, Florida, made its debut in March at an international pathology conference. In this exclusive i…

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Opko Pays $1.47 Billion to Buy Bio-Reference Lab

CEO SUMMARY: It’s a case of the little fish gobbling the big fish, as Opko Health – with revenue of $91 million – will be acquiring Bio-Reference Laboratories, with revenue of $832 million. But the more interesting aspect of the story is that the CEO of Opko Health is a physi…

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LabCorp, Sysmex Will Collaborate To Develop Liquid Biopsy Tests

ANOTHER SIGN OF HEALTHCARE’S TRANSFORMATION came on June 1 when Sysmex Corporation of Kobe, Japan, and Laboratory Corporation of America in Burlington, North Carolina, announced a unique collaboration to develop blood-based molecular diagnostic tests for cancer. The collaboration call…

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Medicare Special Stain LCD May Hinder Pathology Workflow

CEO SUMMARY: Under a proposed rule for Medicare region J-11, a pathologist will no longer be able to use “reflex templates or pre-orders for special stains and/or IHC stains prior to review of the routine H&E.” While the proposed LCD is designed to target a relatively small number…

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At Mid-Year, Labs Struggle to Get Paid for Many Tests

CEO SUMMARY: At a recent coding and billing conference, pathology and lab clients of one of the nation’s largest revenue management companies agreed that three trends have caused lower revenues since the start of 2014. One trend seen by labs involves higher deductibles and copayments fr…

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Lab Serving Large MD Group Manages Quality and Costs

 CEO SUMMARY: For decades, pathologists have pointed out that their expertise in laboratory medicine can be tapped by physicians to improve utilization of lab tests, contribute to improved patient outcomes, and reduce the overall cost of care. Exactly that is now happening at Atrius Heal…

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Lean Used to Lay Groundwork for Lab’s 15189 Accreditation

CEO SUMMARY: Henry Ford Health System’s laboratory organization has become first in the nation to have all its laboratory sites “standardized under one source of leadership” and accredited to the standards of ISO 15189: Medical Laboratories. The journey to achieve this current state…

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ACLA, CAP Comment on Final 2014 Medicare Rules

CEO SUMMARY: On November 27, as the nation prepared for the Thanksgiving holiday, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the long-awaited final rules for 2014. Early analysis of the 1,300 pages of rules CMS released indicates that the agency moderated one…

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Broward Health’s Lab Pursues Multiple Ways to Cut Lab Costs

CEO SUMMARY: Tasked with cutting $2 million from their lab’s annual operating budget, the lab team at Broward Health System instituted changes that included a lab test formulary and ordering algorithms. In collaboration with physicians, these changes reduced the use of outmoded tests wh…

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