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News and Insights from AACC Meeting in Chicago

17,000 attendees and 786 exhibitors came together at the lab industry’s largest live conference in two years

CEO SUMMARY: There was plenty of positive energy last month when the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) took place in Chicago. Attendees seemed pleased to be gathering and networking in person. However, there was re...

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Tough Times Ahead for Hospitals and Their Labs

Three market forces now pressure labs, hospitals; ranging from staffing and inflation to poor finances

CEO SUMMARY: These are challenging times for the nation’s hospitals, health systems, and clinical labs. A perfect storm involving unprecedented shortages of lab staff, nurses, and other professionals with inflation-fueled cost increases and deteriorating hospital finances was a major topic of...

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Hospital Lab Outreach Taps On-Demand Testing

Testing program introduces new patients to Bryan Health while also generating a new source of revenue

CEO SUMMARY: In this case study, clinical laboratory managers from Bryan Health in Nebraska explain how they expanded their lab outreach program to include direct-to-consumer tests. The project involved researching what tests were most appropriate without the need for a physician’...

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PAMA Cuts Might Be Reduced to Zero for 2023

New legislation aims to overhaul how Medicare calculates the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule

CEO SUMMARY: Congress may soon vote on a new bill that permanently reduces the amount of price cuts to Medicare Part B lab test prices, as specified under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). The Saving Access to Laboratory Services Act (SALSA) eliminates a 15% paym...

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IVD, Diagnostics and Informatics Update Coverage, Reimbursement Still Difficult for New Lab Tests

When considering new tests, health insurers want adequate data on test accuracy and clinical value

CEO SUMMARY: Bringing a new proprietary diagnostic test to market is an arduous process. It takes patience and planning to complete the journey from test development to payer reimbursement. This slow process stems from the fact that the healthcare reimbursement system is fragmented,...

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Labs Face Powerful and Unwelcome Forces

OVER THE PAST 25 YEARS, THERE HAS BEEN WIDESPREAD RECOGNITION THAT HEALTHCARE IN THE UNITED STATES is on an unsustainable path. The obvious argument was that year-over-year increases in healthcare costs would eventually overcome the ability of employers (private health plans) and the government (Medicare and Medicaid) to pay the bill. ...

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