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Proposed Medicare 2021 PFS Cuts Pathology Fees by 9%

IF THE PROPOSED MEDICARE 2012 PHYSICIAN FEE SCHEDULE (PFS) RULE—published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) on Aug. 4—takes effect as currently written, pathology professional fees will be cut by 9%, effective Jan. 1, 2021. This was not…

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Health Insurers Want More Data On Clinical Utility of Molecular, Genetic Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Genetic tests that lack two essentials are troublesome for the nation’s health insurers. Those essentials are clinical validity and clinical utility. During a recent webinar, two executives from major health insurers stressed the need for genetic testing labs to provide acc…

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Henry Ford Health System Laboratory Division Combines Lean with ISO 15189

CEO SUMMARY: As healthcare transitions away from fee-for-service payment and adopts new models of reimbursement, every clinical lab will need to deliver more value with its lab testing services. At Henry Ford Health System in Detroit, the laboratory division has blazed a path of improving…

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Lab Test Utilization Delivers Big Gains at Cleveland Clinic

CEO SUMMARY: Since the launch of a laboratory test utilization program in 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic, more than 35,000 duplicate or inappropriate test orders have been stopped. The test utilization team introduced five initiatives that are not designed to cut spending but to in…

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CMS Proposes Sanctions Against OSU Laboratory

CEO SUMMARY: As its reward for self-reporting the referral of six proficiency testing (PT) specimens in three years, the laboratory at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) has been told by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that its CLIA license could b…

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Spectra Lab in Milpitas Accredits to ISO 15189

CEO SUMMARY: Spectra Laboratories, Inc., a renal-specific testing services company with labs in New Jersey and California, announced earlier this month that the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation awarded accreditation to ISO 1589 to its laboratory in Milpitas, California. I…

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Lab Testing, Pathology Is Fast-Growing in China

CEO SUMMARY: It was record attendance at the major pathology congress which took place in Hangzhou, China, last month. Because of the ongoing growth of China’s economy, the demand for healthcare—and for high-quality clinical lab and pathology testing—is rising at an accelerated pace…

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Accreditation with DNV Helps Hospital Raise Inpatient Volume

CEO SUMMARY: In Utica, New York, 201-bed St. Elizabeth Medical Center was the first hospital in New York State and one of the first five hospitals nationwide to meet the new accreditation standard from DNV Healthcare, of Cincinnati, Ohio. St. Elizabeth administrators credit use o…

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Labs Need to Respond To Inaccurate Results

CEO SUMMARY: What does a lab do when it discovers that it has reported inaccurate test results? In 2004, a turnaround team arrived at the laboratory of Maryland General Hospital in Baltimore to deal with the consequences of a failed infectious disease testing program. For about t…

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Congress Holds Hearing On Hospital Lab Fiasco

CEO SUMMARY: Problems at the laboratory of Maryland General Hospital came under scrutiny at a recent Congressional hearing. There was plenty of criticism and embarrassment for several entities which should have detected the problems and reacted to the situation more effectively. Serious q…

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