CEO SUMMARY: In a call to action, the National Independent Laboratory Association is urging lab owners, lab managers, and pathologists to educate their members of Congress about the biases and deep flaws built into the final rule for PAMA market price reporting and how the rule will result in reduced access to clinical lab testing
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CEO SUMMARY: Only a few months remain before the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services makes deep price cuts to Medicare Part B clinical laboratory test fees. Before those cuts go into effect, lab associations and lab professionals are educating members of Congress and the new administration about the bias and flaws in CMS’
CEO SUMMARY: Transparency tools, such as those from Castlight Health, help consumers see the significant variation in clinical laboratory test prices. In this analysis, THE DARK REPORT argues that lab executives and pathologists should recognize how two factors are poised to change the status quo in how labs price their tests. One is the credibility
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 physician worth $5 billion and highly respected by Wall Street. It could be that Bio-Reference CEO Marc Grodman, M.D., has gained a shrewd advisor and powerful ally in Phillip Frost, M.D., the Chair and CEO of Opko Health.
CEO SUMMARY: One trend getting little publicity is that of health information exchanges (HIEs). Since its founding in 2009, the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has grown steadily. Today, most of the state’s independent lab companies and hospital laboratories are connected to CORHIO. Real-time access to laboratory test data is one feature that has
CEO SUMMARY: Two factors combined to cause executives at Laboratory Partners and its MedLab business division to file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on October 25. One was the sustained and continuing cuts to lab test reimbursement. The other was the reluctance of Wall Street investors to continue to fund the company. The majority of
PAIN MANAGEMENT IS COMING under increased scrutiny by law enforcement officials and government regulators. Even the national media have begun to notice the fraud and abuse that is rampant in this rapidly-expanding sector of healthcare.
Many pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will welcome increased enforcement by state and federal officials. Over the past decade, lab professionals
CEO SUMMARY: Should patients be allowed to see their own lab test results when they are available to their physicians? Kaiser Permanente believes so. Since 2005, Kaiser Permanente has given members real-time access to most laboratory test results in their personal health record (PHR) on www.kp.org. In fact, viewing laboratory test results is the single
CEO SUMMARY: Settlements in the big whistleblower suits involving major lab companies typically generate national headlines. But seldom do the views of the “quiet majority” of lab owners and lab executives get much attention. These are the majority of lab professionals working hard to follow compliance laws and requirements. They want to meet both the
CEO SUMMARY: In the report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the death of a patient at Lehigh Valley Hospital, it was noted that the clinical staff failed to notice discrepancies between results from point-of-care (POC) tests at the bedside and lab test results from blood serum run in the hospital’s central laboratory. Experts