PATIENT SAFETY

Do No Harm: Diagnostic Errors and the Lab

By Jennifer (McMahon) Dawson, MHA, DLM (ASCP)  bio "Do no harm" is the mantra that health care providers live by. Doctors, nurses and laboratory professionals alike enter into the business … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

OIG and CMS Tout Recent Enforcement Successes and the Pivotal Role of Data Analytics

In recent reports, both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plugged their successes at routing … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

Third Annual Release of Medicare Payment Data Furthers Transparency Regarding Lab Payments

Once again, coinciding with U.S. Health and Human Services’ annual Health Datapalooza conference (see page 3), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an updated public … [Read more...]

PRECISION MEDICINE

Lab Role Starts Small As Precision Medicine Initiative Evolves

The Obama administration has redoubled its effort to encourage the use of precision medicine, although the role of laboratories in the initiative has mostly been limited to small-bore ambitions for … [Read more...]

More FDA Workshops Focus on NGS Technology

Last year the FDA held workshops to discuss analytical standards for next-generation sequencing (NGS) and use of curated databases for establishing clinical relevance of genetic variants. The FDA … [Read more...]

CMS Transitions Away from Meaningful Use As We Know It

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt announced Jan. 11 at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco that the CMS Meaningful Use program … [Read more...]

Recent Lab Cases Spotlight Continuing Enforcement Trends: Individual Responsibility, Medical Necessity, Kickbacks

Laboratories saw aggressive enforcement by federal agencies in 2015 and can expect continued scrutiny in 2016. Some recent settlements between federal agencies and laboratories and laboratory owners … [Read more...]

Industry Experts Highlight Opportunities and Challenges Ahead for the Laboratory Sector

Throughout two and a half days on Capitol Hill, laboratory insiders debated and shared knowledge, insight and concerns about compliance issues, new business challenges and the latest regulatory … [Read more...]

Proposed Rule Implementing PAMA Causes Concern About Sufficiency of Data to Be Collected

After much waiting, laboratories finally have a proposed rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officially setting a framework for implementing the Protecting Access to … [Read more...]

Latest IOM Quality Chasm Series Report Targets Diagnostic Errors

What the Institute of Medicine (IOM) did for the discussion of medical errors in its To Err is Human report, it now seeks to do for diagnostic errors with the latest installment of its Quality Chasm … [Read more...]


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