FOR ALL CLINICAL LABORATORIES AND PATHOLOGISTS, the hacking problems Laboratory Corporation of America experienced earlier this month are a reminder that unwanted IT attacks are not a matter of if, but when. It is an accepted fact that labs and other medical providers are at higher risk of such attacks because computer hackers value patients’
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IT WAS NATIONAL NEWS RECENTLY when Quest Diagnostics Incorporated disclosed a security breach involving the protected health information (PHI) of 34,000 individual customers.
This episode is a reminder to clinical labs and pathology groups of the need to guard protected health information. In fact, as part of its compliance with federal law, it was Quest Diagnostics
Like the Sword of Damocles of Greek myth, market price reporting by labs under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) continues to hang over the heads of the nation’s clinical laboratories. However, instead of a threat, PAMA market price reporting may soon become a reality. News reports indicate that, as of April 21, the White
CEO SUMMARY: Following the sale of his hospital lab outreach business to a national lab company, former CEO James Fantus told THE DARK REPORT about the significant trends he saw unfolding in the Northeast. They include: a shrinking number of physician customers for labs; a rising number of patients with high-deductible health plans, resulting in
CEO SUMMARY: There is a new buyer for lab test data, creating an opportunity for labs to build a new revenue stream. Medivo, Inc., of New York, describes itself as a healthcare data analytics company whose mission is to unlock the power of lab data to improve health. It works with clinical labs and pathology groups to de-identify and integrate
CEO SUMMARY: There is a new buyer for lab test data, creating an opportunity for labs to build a new revenue stream. Medivo, Inc., of New York, describes itself as a healthcare data analytics company whose mission is to unlock the power of lab data to improve health. It works with clinical labs and pathology
Last month, TriCore Reference Laboratories of Albuquerque, New Mexico, announced that it had purchased the Rhodes Group, of Vernon, Connecticut. Rhodes Group provides data integration services for labs and other healthcare providers. TriCore had long been a customer of Rhodes Group. TriCore is pursuing a strategy of leveraging lab test data with other clinical and healthcare data.
CEO SUMMARY: Researchers studied a database containing laboratory test prices paid in 2012 on behalf of 56 million Americans covered by private health plans and determined that, for most tests, and in most regions, Medicare already pays less than private health insurers for clinical laboratory tests. There are exceptions, but the findings provide a credible
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
CEO SUMMARY: Even though the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will not be required until 2011, laboratories and pathology groups should have a transition plan in place. ICD-10’s 155,000 seven-digit codes will replace the 17,000 five-digit codes of ICD-9. Because of major changes in the design of ICD-10, extensive training of laboratory coders will be