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Telemedicine Firms Offer Home Phlebotomy Service

Following virtual doctor visits, home blood draws are a way to provide more convenience to patients

CEO SUMMARY: Telemedicine provider Teladoc Health has announced new services for certain primary care customers that include at-home phlebotomy appointments. The move is evidence of the consumer demand for increased convenience and flexibility in their healthcare. Scarlet Health, a ...

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Texas Lab Details Dual Accreditation Journey

Existing quality processes go a long way to help satisfy CLIA and ISO 15189 accrediting requirements

CEO SUMMARY: In seeking dual accreditation for CLIA and ISO 15189, Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory of San Antonio adapted existing processes to meet accreditor expectations. The result was stronger staff empowerment to suggest improvements in quality, combined with increased recognit...

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Lean Is Smart Approach to Major Lab Cost Savings

By engaging staff, Lean methods also improve morale and potentially increase employee retention

CEO SUMMARY: It’s a time when clinical labs are under extreme pressure to cut costs, even as they deal with understaffing. One proven approach to reducing expenses while preserving quality is to apply Lean methods in conjunction with Six Sigma tools. It is often true that successf...

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Attorney Advises Labs to Track Genetic Test LCDs

Cardiovascular genetic testing raises fraud-related concerns when coupled with telemedicine services

CEO SUMMARY: Skyrocketing numbers of genetic test referrals and telehealth claims since 2016 are getting the full attention of both federal prosecutors and auditors from Medicare and private health insurers. The DOJ has filed criminal cases against a growing number of telehealth pro...

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Regulatory Update Feds Target Genetic Test and Telemedicine Fraud

Latest charges from DOJ allege four lab owners fraudulently billed $463 million in unnecessary tests

MEDICARE FRAUD TOTALING $562 MILLION in genetic and cardiovascular tests is at the heart of recent federal criminal cases involving telemedicine that names clinical laboratory owners, physicians, and healthcare marketers as defendants.  A host of indictm...

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Consumer Trends, Quality Management, and Labs

TODAY'S HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS MARKED by uncertainty and unprecedented pressures. Every clinical laboratory and pathology group faces the triple whammy of shrinking budgets, staff shortages, and a rate of inflation that drives up the cost of supplies and salaries.  There are effective ways that labs can attack that triple whammy....

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