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Labs Face New Challenges in New Year, New Decade

TYPICALLY, PEOPLE CELEBRATE THE ARRIVAL OF A NEW YEAR and a new decade with optimism. That should be just as true for clinical lab managers and pathologists. After all, medical laboratory testing is fundamental to how physicians diagnose disease, select the most appropriate therapies, and monitor the…

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May 20, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Canada faces a similar shortage of medical technologists (MTs) as exists in the United States. “We have reached the point now where some laboratories have been closed for weeks due to insufficient staffing, which is a cascading problem for patients and the healthcare system,” stated Maria Klement…

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LabCorp to Acquire Iowa’s Metropolitan Medical Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Without making an announcement, LabCorp said it would acquire the Metropolitan Medical Laboratory, a privately-held laboratory founded in 1914 in Davenport, Iowa. The local newspaper reported that some 136 employees from Metro Medical’s laboratory operations in Moline, Ill….

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In Tough Times, All Labs Need Success Strategies

By any measure, it is tougher today for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups to generate the revenue needed to deliver state-of-the-art diagnostic testing services while remaining financially viable. Four recent trends prove the point. First, every year, the Medicare program and priva…

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CMS Adjustments for Medicare Fee Schedule Might Be Too Late

This is a summary of two articles in the Nov. 13, 2018 issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete articles are available only to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: On Nov. 2, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its Physician Fee S…

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NILA, ACLA Respond to CMS 2019 Final Lab Rule

CEO SUMMARY: On Nov. 2, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released its Physician Fee Schedule for 2019. It says it will expand the number of labs from which it collects data about the lab test prices paid by private health insurers. While some labs may welcome these c…

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Project Santa Fe Labs Deliver Value with Tests

CEO SUMMARY: No bigger threat looms over the financial security of the nation’s clinical laboratories than healthcare’s transition from fee-for-service payment to value-based reimbursement. To navigate that transition successfully, medical labs and pathology groups will need to adopt …

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Newsmaker Interview: Healthcare’s Transformation Now Bringing Changes to Lab Industry

“Today, patients want to get diagnosis and treatment faster with fewer visits to the doctor’s office. They want speedier and more comprehensive delivery of clinical services, be it laboratory tests, imaging, or other procedures.” …

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After Court Decision, India Faces Shortage of Lab Professionals

THERE IS ALREADY A SHORTAGE of competent professionals available to sign off on medical laboratory reports in India. Now a recent Supreme Court decision may exacerbate this problem. On Jan. 11, the Hindu Business Line, a newspaper, reported that medical labs across India could face a significant sho…

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Hospital Lab Data Essential For CMS Market Price Study

CEO SUMMARY: In five months, Medicare officials will implement a new Part B clinical laboratory fee schedule based on private payer lab price data submitted by certain medical laboratories required to report that data. At this year’s Executive War College, the CEO of XIFIN, Inc., reported o…

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