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New CPT Codes Debut for Digital Pathology Services

CEO SUMMARY: New digital pathology CPT codes took effect Jan. 1. Because the new codes are designated as Category III, they are not subject to Medicare and private payer reimbursement yet. Instead, federal health officials will monitor the use of the new codes in 2023 to determine h…

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How Consumers Shape Modern Laboratory Outreach

CEO SUMMARY: Each of the different generations engaging with clinical laboratory outreach programs brings their own set of expectations to a blood draw. Innovative hospital lab outreach programs should serve these differences by offering multiple options to provide appointment conve…

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Analytics Lets Labs Offset Staffing Woes

CEO SUMMARY: For hospital laboratories confronting worker shortages, data analytics can be useful for improving workflows and determining effective staffing levels. This information can also induce changes that may improve employee morale. Two experts discuss three analytics reports…

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Florida Hospital Laboratory Team Prepared before Hurricane Ian

With Hurricane Ian approaching the west coast of Florida on Sept. 28, hospital laboratories in the predicted path scrambled to be ready for the worst. That was true at Tampa General Hospital, where the hospital’s clinical lab team went on high alert. …

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Newsmaker Interview: Director of CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems Talks COVID-19, CLIA, and More

CEO SUMMARY: In this exclusive interview, Reynolds Salerno, PhD, the Director of the Division of Laboratory Systems at the CDC, offers insightful comments about the federal agency’s response to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, what went right during public health efforts, and lesson…

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Insights and Advice about the Lab Staffing Crisis

CEO SUMMARY: For the past decade, it’s been recognized that the supply of skilled laboratory professionals is inadequate to meet the needs of the nation’s clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. Leadership at American Medical Technologists recommends steps that labs…

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Texas Lab Details Dual Accreditation Journey

CEO SUMMARY: In seeking dual accreditation for CLIA and ISO 15189, Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory of San Antonio adapted existing processes to meet accreditor expectations. The result was stronger staff empowerment to suggest improvements in quality, combined with increased recognit…

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Solutions to Lab Staffing, Supply, Revenue Problems

CEO SUMMARY: Responding to requests from numerous lab managers, The Dark Report is organizing a one-and-a-half-day program that will come to your city. Workshop leaders are from labs su…

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News and Insights from AACC Meeting in Chicago

CEO SUMMARY: There was plenty of positive energy last month when the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) took place in Chicago. Attendees seemed pleased to be gathering and networking in person. However, there was re…

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Balwani Guilty! Sentencing Is Next for Theranos Execs

CEO SUMMARY: The trial of former Theranos President and Chief Operating Officer Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani ended with convictions by a jury on 12 counts of wire fraud and conspiracy. Now all eyes are looking ahead to the sentencing of Balwani and Elizabeth Holmes, the founder and fo…

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