July 30, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Clinical labs and physicians can soon say goodbye to “meaningful use.” Federal officials are proposing a significant change to the Medicare and Medicaid EHR Incentive program for certified EHRs that has been in existence since 2011. In a press release issued last spring, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule. It said, “The proposed rule proposes updates to Medicare Payment policies and rates under the Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) and the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH) Prospective Payment System (PPS) to reflect the changing needs of the Meaningful Use program.”

MORE ON: Meaningful Use

CMS says the meaningful use program will be renamed as “Promoting Interoperability.” The program will now have several goals, such as “making the program more flexible and less burdensome, emphasizing measures that require the exchange of health information between providers and patients, and incentivize providers to make it easier for patients to obtain their medical records electronically.” Lab managers should also note that, in the press release, CMS states it wants the program to “achieve greater price transparency and interoperability— essential components of value-based care.”

AUSTRALIA REGULATES LDTS

Laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) are an issue in Australia, just as they are in Europe and the United States. In May, Australia’s Therapeutics Goods Administration issued guidance on how labs must handle in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests that are “manufactured and/or modified inhouse” for clinical use. Among the changes is one that limits a laboratory network to “a group of laboratory organisations that operate under a single quality management system (QMS).”

TRANSITIONS

  • Bako Diagnostics of Atlanta, Ga., appointed Ted Hull as Chief Executive Officer, effective Aug. 1. Hull has held executive positions with Ramble Ventures, Eurofins Scientific, Genova Diagnostics, Quest Diagnostics, Nichols Institute, and Deloitte.
  • Sonora Quest Laboratories named Sonny Varadan as its new Chief Information Officer. Previously, Varadan served at Nichols Management Group, PAML, Providence Healthcare, and Getronics.

That’s all the insider intelligence for this report.
Look for the next briefing on Monday, August 20, 2018.

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