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Lab Industry’s Non-Stories for 2015

AT THE END OF EACH YEAR, IT IS GENERALLY EASY TO PICK OUT the stories of greatest significance for the lab industry during the previous 12 months. But what is often overlooked are the non-stories. These are the events that did not happen in the year, despite earlier occurrences and the momentum pushi…

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New Federal Law Changes How CMS Sets Lab Prices

CEO SUMMARY: CMS wanted more power to cut the prices it pays for clinical lab testing. A significant part of the lab industry wanted more transparency and consistency in how CMS established coverage guidelines and prices for new lab tests. Congress appears to have attempted to craft a law…

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May 14, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Mayo Clinic is taking steps to more fully integrate its laboratory informatics. In a press release dated April 27, 2012, it stated that it had completed a multi- year implementation of a new laboratory information system (LIS). The new LIS supports both the Department of Laboratory M…

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Healthcare Reform and Laboratory Testing

WE ARE ONLY 120 DAYS FROM IMPLEMENTING another round of programs mandated by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) of 2010 and associated legislation. Certain programs become effective on January 1, 2012. On that date, the transition to HIPAA form 5010 takes effect. All clinical lab…

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2008’s Top Ten Lab Stories Lacked Disruptive Impact

CEO SUMMARY: For the first time in recent memory, a year has passed without major tumult or disruptive change in the laboratory industry. Our list of the Top Ten Most Important Stories of 2008 reflects a rather quiet year when compared to most years of this decade. Howeve…

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Massachusetts CPOE, MountainStar, PAML, HCA, Ogden Regional Medical Center, HIPAA 5010, LabCorp, Mubadala Health, KLAS

MASSACHUSETTS LAW MANDATES CPOE USE BY HOSPITALS IN 2012 EARLIER THIS YEAR, Massachusetts passed a law that requires all hospitals in the state to implement CPOE (computerized physician order entry) by 2012. The same law requires all hospitals in the state t…

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Implementation Date For ICD-10 Is Proposed

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…

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Problems with ICD-9 Codes Contribute to Coder Shortage

ALTHOUGH ICD-9 IS CONSIDERED inadequate to effectively meet the needs of today’s healthcare system, a number of hurdles prevent implementation of the proposed ICD-10 codes. Of equal significance is another problem intertwined with the inadequate ICD-9 coding system: a nationwide shortage of coders…

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