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...]


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...]


Draft 2018 CLFS Reveals Fundamental Flaws in PAMA Reporting Exercise; Time to Take Action

By Lâle White  bio As XIFIN predicted, the PAMA reporting exercise has resulted in significant proposed laboratory fee cuts. In fact, the multi-year decrease for the top 20 laboratory tests … [Read more...]


Why Your Best Talent is Leaving and Four Ways to Win Them Back

By William A. Schiemann, Ph.D  bio Most leaders of companies today recognize the importance of having engaged people at work. Yet research from the Metrus Institute, Gallup, and others say … [Read more...]


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

The big story of April wasn't any particular new deal but the apparent resolution of an old one—the Abbott-Alere merger. Deal volume remained brisk, particularly in the alliance arena. But for those … [Read more...]


23andMe Wins FDA Approval for DTC Genetic Test

23andMe and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced this month that the agency has allowed marketing of 23andMe's Personal Genome Service Genetic Health Risk (GHR) tests for 10 diseases … [Read more...]


CMS Enforcement Discretion Eases Pressure on Labs

After we went to press last month, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced just in the nick of time that it wouldn't impose civil monetary penalties against labs which failed to … [Read more...]


FDA Exempts 71 Class I Device Types From 510(k) Filings

The FDA has determined that 71 device types, including some diagnostic test kits, should be exempt from 510(k) filings. These devices are deemed "sufficiently well understood and do not present … [Read more...]


Abbott and Alere Reach New Deal Terms

Abbott's deal to acquire Alere is back on. Both companies announced Friday, April 14, 2017, that they will move forward with the deal and have revised its terms. Abbott, a global health care company … [Read more...]


Trump Budget “Blueprint”: 4 Ways It Will Impact Labs

President Trump's 2018 budget proposal includes a number of items likely to affect your laboratory. Here are the four things lab managers need to know about the proposal. What It Is & Is Not The … [Read more...]