LAB SAFETY

By the Numbers: Lab Injury and Exposure Data

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio Finding information about the number of Laboratory Acquired Infections (LAIs) and other laboratory injuries in the United States is difficult. … [Read more...]

CMS

Medicare Reimbursement: CMS Proposes MACRA Physician Performance Requirements for 2018

On June 30, CMS issued a Proposed Rule addressing a key part of Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA) implementation: the Quality Payment Program (QPP) for 2018, the second … [Read more...]

INNOVATION

New Laws: Do-It-Yourself Kits Bring Lab Testing to the Home

Health care in the 21st century is moving toward consumerization of medicine, patient empowerment and increased price awareness resulting from higher out-of-pocket medical expenditures. The growth of … [Read more...]

UTILIZATION TRENDS

Utilization Trends: HIV Testing Among Vulnerable Populations Remains Disturbingly Low, Says CDC

Identifying patients who are unaware of their positive HIV status and linking them to care is crucial to reducing HIV infection, particularly among sexually active teens and young adults remains low. … [Read more...]

FALSE CLAIMS

Case of the Month: Foundation Medicine Faces Lawsuits from Shareholders & a Business Rival

Astart-up diagnostics firm on the precipice of a lab product breakthrough becomes a Wall Street darling. But, alas, the product fails to meet its lofty expectations. The firm's stock tanks and the … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Labs In Court: A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Anthem Settles Data Breach Lawsuit for Record $115 Million Case: Anthem, the nation's second largest health insurer, has agreed to shell out $115 million to settle a class action lawsuit over a … [Read more...]

NEWS

Compliance Planning: OIG Switches from Semi-Annual to Monthly Work Plan Updates

When it comes to running a laboratory compliance plan, the semi-annual OIG Work Plan can be a big help to because it enables you to keep track of new enforcement initiatives and respond to emerging … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Labs to CMS: Push Back PAMA & Add Hospital Labs to CLFS Mix

The lab industry continues to wait nervously for word from CMS regarding PAMA. Demand 1: Fix the Fee Schedule Methodology The industry's paramount concern remains the formula CMS proposes to use to … [Read more...]

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employment Law Update for August 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: REPEAL? REPAIR? REPLACE? … [Read more...]

DEAL TRENDS

Global Markets: Local Joint Ventures Represent New Path into China Market

While the strategy of targeting the China market is nothing new, the tactics have evolved. Recognizing the need for a strong local presence, western firms are increasingly teaming with operators on … [Read more...]


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