CEO SUMMARY: An interesting tug-of-war may develop in Florida between a major health insurer and physicians. UnitedHealthcare will require physicians to obtain a pre-notification number for 81 lab tests by using the BeaconLBS system (developed by a subsidiary of LabCorp). One family practice physician is speaking out about his concerns that the new UHC requirement
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CEO SUMMARY: On December 6, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed to delay implementation of Meaningful Use (MU) Stage 2 until 2016. One reason is that only about 80 vendors have certified their products to MU Stage 2. That is a small proportion of the almost 900 vendors who hold MU Stage 1
LABCORP, BRLI ISSUE REVISED GUIDANCE OF LOWER EARNINGS
IN RECENT WEEKS, at least two public lab companies have issued downward earnings guidance for 2014. These changes are based, in part, on expected reimbursement reductions from the Medicare program.
It was December 10 when Laboratory Corporation of America told investors that its full year 2013 earnings per share
CEO SUMMARY: In Portland, Oregon, Legacy Laboratory Services, a division of Legacy Health, continues to post strong volume growth. One driver supporting this growth is the lab’s ability to implement connections between its laboratory information system (LIS) and the electronic health record (EHR) systems of its office-based physician clients. Further, the lab’s strategy is to
ANOTHER STATE ATTORNEY GENERAL (AG) has issued an opinion on the donations of electronic health record (EHR) systems by clinical laboratories to referring physicians. The opinion says that such donations would violate Tennessee state law.
The Tennessee AG’s opinion is similar to one issued in November in Washington State by its attorney general. Each of these
CEO SUMMARY: When the Washington State Attorney General issued an Attorney General Opinion last fall, he created confusion among pathologists and lab directors whose labs have paid to have EHR software installed in physicians’ offices. The Washington AG’s ruling not only conflicts with federal law, which allows labs to donate EHR software, but raises questions
CEO SUMMARY: Healthcare’s shift away from fee-for-service medicine and toward integrated clinical care is widely recognized. However, few lab administrators and pathologists are aware of the even faster transformation underway in healthcare informatics. Presented here are the “Top 10 Tech Trends” identified last month by Healthcare Informatics. A common theme is the need for information
DURING 2012, THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES will make measurable progress toward the goal of integrated clinical care. In my view, this will be a positive development for clinical laboratories, since it creates opportunities for labs to step up and add value to physicians, patients, and payers.
There is a bubbling stew of ingredients
CEO SUMMARY: Clinical laboratories and pathology groups have a new tool to use for interfacing their LIS (laboratory information systems) with the electronic health record (EHR) systems of their office-based physician clients. It is ELINCS, an IT standard designed to support electronic lab test orders and lab test reporting. The California HealthCare Foundation sponsored the
CEO SUMMARY: In Macon, Georgia, an innovative effort by a regional extension center and a health information exchange (HIE) will level the playing field for hospital labs and independent labs in the state. Their goal is to build a secure and flexible clinical integration platform known as a “lab hub.” This common interface will allow