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September 3, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Intelligence Late & Latent News

Two more clinical laboratory organizations that used American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA) to handle their lab test claims announced in July that their patients’ data was breached. Inform Diagnostics of Irving, Texas, disclosed that the data of 173,716 patients was compromised. Within days of that announcement, CompuNet Clinical Laboratories of Moraine, Ohio, stated that about 110,000

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OIG Finds 120-Day Delays at Memphis VA Path Lab

In its report, OIG found that delays in review of pathology specimens affected 123 patients

CEO SUMMARY: Last year, Veterans Administration officials received an anonymous complaint about delays in laboratory specimen processing and results at the Memphis VA Medical Center may have harmed patients and led to a patient death. Following an investigation, the VA’s Office of Inspector General issued a report last month. It determined that a staff shortage

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Arkansas Pathologist Faces 3 Manslaughter Charges

Officials say VA pathologist worked while under the influence, leading to multiple misdiagnoses

CEO SUMMARY: Federal prosecutors in Arkansas charged a former Veterans Administration pathologist with three counts of involuntary manslaughter and 28 other criminal counts related to his work at the Veterans Health Care System of the Ozarks. In the indictment, officials charged that the pathologist’s misdiagnoses contributed to the deaths of 15 patients. The pathologist had

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Pathology Update Few Options for Pathology Groups Facing Anthem’s Payment Cuts

FACED WITH DEEP CUTS in payment for anatomic pathology professional component services from Anthem Inc., pathologist have only a few options in how they can respond, according to consultants who work with AP groups.

“These are dire cuts to anatomic pathology reimbursement,” said one consultant who asked not to be named. He suggested that small regional

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Anthem’s Cuts in AP Fees Could Put Patients at Risk

Insurer’s low payments might disrupt long-standing relationships between pathologists and physicians

CEO SUMMARY: Consultants who work with anatomic pathologists have several theories about why Anthem is enacting deep cuts of 50% to 70% for the professional component of many anatomic pathology services. While they have different ideas about what motivates the nation’s second largest health insurer, they agree that such reductions in payments will have a

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Concerns Raised Over Pharmacogenetic Tests

Two issues include lack of training for doctors to order and interpret tests correctly and fraud

CEO SUMMARY: Some executives at pharmacogenetic testing companies are criticizing the federal Food and Drug Administration for its recent actions to exercise oversight over PGx testing. But there is more to the story, said one expert who is a past adviser to the FDA on clinical laboratory testing. One issue is how to educate physicians

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PGx Labs Concerned by FDA’s Statements, Actions

Federal agency is telling genetic testing labs to assess if their PGx tests comply with regulations

CEO SUMMARY: Since April, the federal Food and Drug Administration has taken steps that target clinical laboratories that perform pharmacogenetic (PGx) tests. In response to letters from the FDA, some PGx lab companies have stopped reporting data that predicts a patient’s response to certain medications. Some pathologists and lab executives have criticized the FDA’s actions

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What Comes Next for the Pathology Profession?

IT MAY NOT BE A COINCIDENCE THAT MANY RECENT NEWS CYCLES have more negative pathology news than positive pathology news. After all, laboratory medicine is at the core of most clinical care delivered to patients, so it’s no coincidence that pathology—both clinical and anatomic—is a prime target for government and private payers, along with federal investigators.

The

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