Our Editor-In-Chief just finished the daunting task of confirming 125 speakers for more than 80 sessions for our 24th annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management. It is our biggest conference ever! These facts are significant to you for an important reason.
The planning phase for an Executive War College requires requires hundreds of phone calls with lab vendors, lab consultants, pathologists, and clinical lab executives. These phone calls are concentrated in a 90-day period and produce two outcomes.
First, they allow The Dark Report to identify innovative lab organizations, pathologists, and lab administrators who are willing to share their successes and lessons learned at our conference, which will be in New Orleans on April 30-May 1. Second, each of these phone calls produces valuable intelligence on the latest developments in the market for clinical laboratory testing and anatomic pathology services. This benefits you as a client and regular reader of The Dark Report because this knowledge—and our strategic understanding of these developments—is presented in the intelligence briefings we publish.
What you’ll read in this issue of The Dark Report demonstrates the value of the intelligence network cultivated by our Editor-In-Chief. The lead story is about the clinical lab industry’s first revenue-producing use of an aerial drone to move medical laboratory specimens from a physicians’ office to the laboratory in Wake Forest, N.C.
Our interview with the WakeMed pathologist coordinating this project with federal and state agencies, UPS, and Matternick, the drone manufacturer, gives you an insider’s understanding of this innovative use of the latest drone technology.
Equally important is the story that follows about the new NCCI guidelines that were announced late in 2019. Made “without notice or stakeholder input,” these guidelines are recognized to be disruptive to how labs code and bill, causing nine national lab industry organizations to send a letter to Medicare officials requesting that the new guidelines be withdrawn.
These examples of timely information demonstrate that when the staff here at THE DARK REPORT ask themselves the question, “What have we done for you lately?” they can answer in the affirmative!