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Federal Rule to Revise Out-of-Network Billing

CEO SUMMARY: Remaining out of network with health insurance companies may boost revenue for providers, including anatomic pathologists and emergency room physicians. But the good times may soon end. Last month four federal agencies issued rules that implement new requirements under …

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SUNY Hospital Uses Drones to Move COVID Test Kits

CEO SUMMARY: One healthcare trend accelerated by the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic is the use of drones to move COVID-19 test kits, specimens, and medical supplies. Earlier this year, the SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse tested the reliability of drones to move unused COVI…

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September 27, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Following the opening of her criminal trial in a Silicon Valley courtroom in recent weeks, Elizabeth Holmes—the disgraced ex-Founder and CEO of Theranos—continues to be the subject of news headlines. Federal prosecutors are calling witnesses to testify. Much of this testimony includes anec…

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All Labs Are Threatened by Encryption, Ransomware

CEO SUMMARY: Cybercrime—in the form of encryption attacks followed by ransom demands—is now a threat to every clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology group in the United States. Experts recommend that all labs elevate the attention they pay to their incident response teams ta…

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All Labs Are Threatened by Ransomware Attacks

This is an excerpt of a 1,652-word article in the September 7, 2021 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Cybercrime—in the form of encryption attacks followed by ransom demands—is now a threat to…

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CAP Loses Accreditation Clients to Joint Commission

CEO SUMMARY: Over the past 18 months, several prominent national health systems decided to shift their CLIA laboratory accreditation services away from the College of American Pathologists and to The Joint Commission. These shifts from one accrediting body to another will involve hun…

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Top 10 2020 Lab Stories Are about More than Just COVID-19

This is an excerpt of a 3,689-word article in the December 28, 2020 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: There are several surprises in The Dark R…

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2020’s Top 10 Lab Stories Are Without Precedent!

CEO SUMMARY: There are several surprises in The Dark Report’s list of the Top 10 Lab Stories for 2020. Despite the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic dominating every aspect of clinical care, social…

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Helping Labs with Cash Flow, COVID-19 Response

ROUTINE SPECIMEN VOLUME REMAINS DOWN by 50% or more for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups in the United States because of the pandemic. Through the end of last week, The Dark Report estimates that labs in the U.S. have lost almost $7 billion since the first week of March…

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Details Emerge in KU Hospital Misdiagnosis by Pathology Chair

AFTER A PATIENT FILED A LAWSUIT against a pathologist at the University of Kansas Hospital for fraud and negligence in a case stemming from a misdiagnosis of cancer in 2015, details about a settlement in the case were sealed. Now, some details have come out. Last month, NPR statio…

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