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July 21, 2014 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Consolidation of private pathology group practices continues. On July 8, NeoGenomics of Fort Myers, Florida, announced that it had acquired Path Logic of Sacramento. Then, one day later, Incyte Diagnostics of Spokane, Washington, disclosed that it wa…

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CMS Gives Deemed Status to A2LA under CLIA Law

CEO SUMMARY: Quietly published in the March 25 issue of the Federal Register was a notice that CMS had granted deeming authority for CLIA to the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). This action gives laboratories in the United States a new choice to meet the accredita…

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Quality Assurance Regs to Tighten for UK Labs

CEO SUMMARY: In the United Kingdom, a window of opportunity has opened for improving the quality assurance activities of pathology and histopathology laboratories. Last week, at the Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine conference, the newly-published “Pathology Quality Assurance Review” w…

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Nation’s Lab Innovators Attack Systemic Errors

CEO SUMMARY: One keynote speaker at this year’s Lab Quality Confab meeting tackled the sensitive subject of recurring bad quality within the lab and the costs associated with it. Lucia M. Berte, MA, MT(ASCP), showed a rapt audience how many sources of recurring bad quality exist and why…

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2012’s Top Ten Lab Stories Predict More Challenges

CEO SUMMARY: It’s been a year with more lows than highs, when viewed through the lens of THE DARK REPORT’S “Top Ten Lab Stories of 2012.” The end of the TC grandfather clause, new policies for prostate biopsy billing, and a dramatic 52% cut to 88305- TC fees were widely reported. …

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Pathologists Benefit from Hospital Lab Consulting

CEO SUMMARY: Deteriorating finances at many rural hospitals and smaller community hospitals is a growing trend. It is also a new consulting opportunity for local pathologists because financially-strapped hospitals often give their labs inadequate working capital and lack the staff needed …

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Lab Director Blows Whistle, NY Closes Hospital Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Unable to overcome problems at a rural hospital laboratory caused by the parent hospital’s financial problems and the inability of the hospital to recruit adequate numbers of lab staff, the laboratory director terminated his agreement with the hospital and notified the New …

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Lawyer Questions CMS Over Inadvertent PT Errors

CEO SUMMARY: In the case of the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center (OSUWMC) clinical lab, one attorney with long experience in CLIA regulatory matters says that the facts do not support the severe sanctions that CLIA officials may impose on a healthcare organization that is widel…

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Congress May Respond to Tough CLIA PT Penalties

CEO SUMMARY: For years, severe penalties in cases where a laboratory has inadvertently erred in handling proficiency testing (PT) specimens have been a point of contention between the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the clinical laboratory profession. Two bills prop…

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Time for Congress to Properly Fix CLIA PT Issue

THIS TIME, THE PROVERBIAL CAT MAY BE OUT OF THE BAG when it comes to long-standing dissatisfaction with how federal regulators interpret and enforce CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) regulations as they relate to inadvertent errors in the referral of proficiency tests (PT). For many …

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