FEE SCHEDULES

OPPS 2018: Revised Payment Rates & a New ADLT Date of Service Exemption

With all of the PAMA commotion, CMS's publication of the 2018 Medicare Hospital and Ambulatory Surgical Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule has flown under the radar. In case you … [Read more...]

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employment Law Update: The Weinstein Edition

By Mike O'Brien  bio Harvey Weinstein all over our news feeds Your news feed, like mine, has exploded with references to someone named Harvey Weinstein for the past few weeks. What's up? … [Read more...]

REPORT

Outreach Labs Remain Profitable Despite Antiquated Systems & Lack of Exec Respect

Hidden within the basement of your average hospital is a $24 million business, one that provides a top quality, must-have service and operates at a margin of around 25% to 30%. That business is the … [Read more...]

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employment Law Update for HR Managers October 2017

By Mike O'Brien  bio Here is my periodic update prepared for interested HR professionals trying to deal with the complex American employment laws. In this update: Federal agencies take … [Read more...]

GREAT TRANSITION UNDERWAY

Laboratories Increasing Customer-Focus

Laboratories have always had a strong service component—both for their referring physicians and the patient. However, laboratories are now in the midst of a great transition, where a concerted … [Read more...]

DISTINGUISHED SERVICE

Kellison Award goes to FDA’s Dr. Alberto Gutierrez

Dr. Alberto Gutierrez is the 2017 recipient of the Kellison Lab Industry Distinguished Service Award. Dr. Guitierrez retired in August after more than 25 years of public service from his post as … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY BUZZ

FDA Watch: New Moves to Boost CLIA Transparency

The CLIA standards that a lab must meet are based on the complexity of the in vitro diagnostic tests it performs. The FDA's primary role in the CLIA system is to categorize IVDs. Test … [Read more...]

TOP OF THE NEWS

PAMA-Geddon: CMS Slashes 2018 Part B Lab Rates

Resisting industry pleas for a delay, CMS is sticking to the Jan. 1 start date for the new PAMA payment system. Even worse, it's sticking to its misguided formula for pricing lab tests. Result: The … [Read more...]

AGREEMENTS

Diagnostic Deals: A Roundup of the Key Mergers, Acquisitions, Alliances, Licenses and Other Strategic Transactions From the Past Month

Deal volume was high during the month. But most of the deals were small and research-based. M&A It took over 18 months but the Abbott-Alere merger finally closed on Oct. 3. Alere got quite the … [Read more...]

NEW PRODUCTS

The Dx Pipeline: A Roundup of the Month’s Key New Product Launches

Here's a rundown of the key diagnostic product launches from late September through mid-October. NEWLY LAUNCHED PRODUCTS & SERVICES Company(ies) Product(s) Episona Consumer launch of … [Read more...]


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