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VALID and SALSA Acts Still Pending in Congress

Race is on to address lab test pricing cuts, regulation of LDTs, and physician fee changes

CEO SUMMARY: Both the pending VALID Act and SALSA Act continue to push ahead as 2022 comes to an end. Meanwhile, a new bill centered on the Physician Fee Schedule may protect pathologist payments. These three different proposals share something in common:...

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Use This Five-Step Process to Implement a New LIS

Experts working daily to help laboratories install Epic’s Beaker share lessons learned, what to avoid

CEO SUMMARY: Rolling out a new laboratory information system (LIS) is a costly, time-consuming project. One expert outlines five steps that clinical labs can take to alleviate pressures while ensuring the right people are onboard to help the endeavor move forward. Among the steps is...

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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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Babson Diagnostics’ Hybrid Model Combines Quality, Convenience

Goal is to serve customers by collecting small samples in retail pharmacies

CEO SUMMARY: Responding to its own data about consumer preferences, healthcare technology company Babson Diagnostics is pursuing a new hybrid model for blood draws that it believes brings together the best of clinical laboratories and retail pharmacies. Laboratory managers and patho...

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Lab Legal Update Lab Allegedly Billed Medicare for Tests It Did Not Perform

Following up on a Sept. 19 intelligence briefing, an attorney told The Dark Report that a federal case alleging genetic test fraud showed hallmarks of pass-through billing.  As such, it raises questions about whether reference l...

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Innovations Might Reduce Need for Phlebotomists

ALREADY A SERIOUS PROBLEM PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC, the shortage of trained phlebotomists continues to grow more serious with each passing month. Some clinical laboratories are offering wages of $25 per hour or more and say they cannot attract enough candidates to hire and train for this essential role.  However, there is a compan...

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