CEO SUMMARY: An interesting milestone for the clinical lab industry is on the horizon. Physicians Choice Laboratory Services in South Carolina will soon become one of the first lab organizations in the United States to earn joint CLIA and ISO 15189 accreditations with the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). While it was undergoing ISO 15189 accreditation, the organization began to prepare for CLIA accreditation through A2LA, both for a single price.
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SGR Fix by Congress Spawns PAMA; Lab Industry Wary of Law’s Impact
ON APRIL 1, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). As written, it has the potential to be the most impactful federal legislation on the clinical lab industry since passage of the CLIA 1988 bill.
CEO SUMMARY: Not in recent memory has a single calendar year brought such a cascade of news stories that have the potential to affect nearly every clinical lab and pathology group in the United States. Blame it on the lack of money to fund healthcare and how it is motivating government and private payers to
CEO SUMMARY: Since its big public debut in late 2013, Theranos has been the subject of keen interest and much skepticism among pathologists and clinical laboratory professionals. Theranos is expanding its presence in Phoenix, Arizona. However, as it does, it looks more like a conventional clinical laboratory—with all the associated costs—than a disruptive lab testing
CEO SUMMARY: With each passing month, Theranos pulls open the curtain a bit more on its business structure and its market growth plans. Its clinical lab tests are now offered in Walgreens pharmacies in Palo Alto, California, and Phoenix, Arizona. Recent news coverage in Fortune and USAToday disclosed that company officials—based on stock sales to
CEO SUMMARY: Swift transformation of the American healthcare system is causing financial challenges for those clinical labs and pathology groups that have been slow to react to these developments. At NorDx Laboratories in Scarborough, Maine, the team is following the classic five rules for laboratory success. However, as NorDx CEO Stan Schofield said in his
IN DECIDING TO PURSUE ACCREDITATION TO ISO 15189: Medical Laboratories, Caris Life Sciences considered the international benefits of this designation.
It was December when Caris Life Sciences of Irving, Texas, announced that it had earned accreditation to ISO 15189 from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). In addition to genomic testing, the company runs Caris
CEO SUMMARY: Mass spectrometry is a diagnostic technology that is transforming clinical labs and improving care at a rapid pace. The current generation of instruments is capable of supporting a faster time-to-answer and provides improved accuracy and specificity over many existing methods. For certain clinical assays, mass spec also can cost less per test than
CEO SUMMARY: With the advent of 2013, almost every lab was responding to some type of price cut. Clinical labs are dealing with the sequential, multi-year cuts to the Medicare Part B Lab Test Price Schedule. Anatomic pathology labs are still adjusting to the expiration of the TC Grandfather clause last summer, as well as
THIS MONTH, Laboratorio Buena Salud, a new division of Bio-Reference Laboratories Inc. (BRLI), becomes the first national laboratory for Spanish-speaking patients.
BRLI, of Elmwood Park, New Jersey, says that all services will be customized to the Hispanic community and business will be conducted in Spanish. This includes patient and physician interactions. This is a smart business