CEO SUMMARY: For years, the adoption of digital pathology has lagged behind the predictions of its advocates. That has encouraged one digital pathology company—Inspirata, Inc., of Tampa—to come up with a different business strategy designed to help anatomic pathology labs address the barriers and capital costs involved with establishing a digital pathology system. The Ohio
CEO SUMMARY: FACED WITH THE FACT that many payers were not ready to implement the 5010 standard under the Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act (HIPAA), on March 15, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a second delay in enforcement of the standard. The extension is until June 30. (TDR interviews Matt Warner,
THERE IS A NEW PLAYER in the market for anatomic pathology laboratory information systems (APLIS). This gives pathology groups a new option when it is time to upgrade or replace their existing APLIS.
It also brings a new competitor into the existing market for anatomic pathology (AP) software. In recent years, the dominant players in that
CEO SUMMARY: Ascend Clinical and PathCentral see an opportunity to provide sophisticated services to community pathology groups. Ascend Clinical will expand the molecular diagnostic and gene sequencing business it is purchasing from PathCentral. PathCentral will concentrate on marketing its cloud-based anatomic pathology LIS solution and launching a pathology professional network early in 2013. Each company
FACED WITH THE FACT that many payers were not ready to implement the 5010 standard under the Health Insurance Portability and Affordability Act (HIPAA), on March 15, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a second delay in enforcement of the standard. The extension is until June 30.
As of March 15, CMS
China-based Kindstar Globalgene Technology, Inc. (Kindstar), of Wuhan, Hubei Province, entered into an agreement to acquire and use the web-based anatomic pathology laboratory information system (APLIS) developed and sold by PathCentral, Inc., of Irvine, California. Kindstar intends to deploy the web- based APLIS service across its corporate laboratory facilities. It will also implement the PathCentral
CEO SUMMARY: In presenting this list of macro trends for clinical laboratories, several themes are in play. They range from a continued emphasis on improving lab operations to the need to acquire and deploy sophisticated information technology. During the next few years, the long-predicted retirement of Baby Boomers will kick in. That will aggravate the
“In several different countries, laboratories already use
‘distributed computing’, in the form of a single LIS data center that provides informatics services to as many as 25 laboratories in a region. The trend is to increase interoperability and portability of the information for better patient care.”
—Jacques Baudin Executive Vice President, Technidata America Medical Software
CEO SUMMARY: In
CEO SUMMARY: Coding, billing, collections, and compliance continue to grow in complexity, making management of the lab’s revenue cycle ever more difficult. One by one, a number of the nation’s largest laboratories are taking steps to automate management of their revenue cycle by utilizing “Software as a Service” (SaaS). Intrigued by this new market trend,
ONE CONSEQUENCE OF THE GROWTH of high-deductible health plans and health savings accounts (HSAs) is that clinical labs and pathology groups need to collect larger amounts directly from patients.
As predicted by THE DARK REPORT last year, bad debt levels are rising in communities where enrollment in high deductible health plans has been significant. (See TDR,