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How to Achieve Success with Genetic Test Prior Authorization

AS MANAGED CARE PAYERS INCREASINGLY REQUIRE PRIOR AUTHORIZATION FOC GENETIC TESTS, clinical laboratories should understand the ins and outs of what it takes to get reimbursed for testing they provide.  Almost all payers now require prior authorization (P…

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XIFIN to Open New Office in South Carolina for Lab Billing

SINCE FEBRUARY, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE VACCINATED grew steadily even as the number of tests for COVID-19 declined sharply in the United States. But overall test volume has remained steady at 130% of pre-pandemic levels, said Brian Kemp, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Operations for XIFIN,…

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$400,000 Settlement in VA Wrongful-Death Case

CEO SUMMARY: Did “the system” fail patients and physicians at one Veterans Health Administration center? The public disciplinary records of pathologist Robert Morris Levy over several decades show that any laboratory employing Levy had reason to monitor closely the accuracy of h…

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Amazon Makes Big Play into Health, Diagnostics

CEO SUMMARY: Amazon is prepared to award $12 million in grants and is soliciting proposals for developing diagnostic technologies for detecting SARS-CoV-2 and other infectious diseases. This is the latest indication that the multi-billion-dollar enterprise would like to disrupt heal…

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Is Artificial Intelligence Ready for First Use in Anatomic Pathology?

CEO SUMMARY: Use of artifical intelligence (AI) to analyze digital pathology images and aid in diagnosis—or even in making the primary diagnosis—is much discussed. Experts in pathology regularly predict that use of AI in image analysis will transform the pathology profession. Bu…

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Roche to Acquire GenMark, Ovation.io Raises $21.5M

Roche to Pay $1.8 Billion for GenMark  THERE’S MORE CONSOLIDATION in the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry. It was announced on Mar. 15 that Roche Diagnostics would acquire GenMa…

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Pathologist’s Prison Term Is a Warning for AP Groups

CEO SUMMARY: In January, a former VA pathologist was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison following his conviction on charges of involuntary manslaughter and mail fraud. The facts in this case show why leaders of clinical labs and pathology groups need to be aware of individuals …

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Proscia Lands Major Deals as Digital Pathology Demand Grows

EVEN AS THE WORLDWIDE COVID-19 PANDEMIC DERAILED SOME INDUSTRIES, it gave a major boost to digital pathology. That has meant an expanding market for Proscia, a seven-year-old provider of digital and computational pathology solutions. Established in 2014, Proscia recently won …

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Two-Drop ‘Digital CBC’ Enters U.S. Market with FDA Clearance

“We believe the ability to work with just two drops of blood, plus the…

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Officials Differ on Value of COVID-19 Pooled Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Some experts on testing strategies support pooled testing because this method may support reopening by schools and businesses and thus bring the economy back. But other experts have raised questions about this strategy. Rules from the federal Centers for Medicare …

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