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Medicare Reimbursement: New Guidance on Date of Service Rules for Part B Billing of Hospital Outpatient Lab Tests

In 2018, new date-of-service rules took effect for billing and coding of outpatient lab tests under Medicare Part B, rather than as part of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) … [Read more...]

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How the Opioid Crackdown Is Affecting Lab Enforcement & Test Utilization

103 in 1: Odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash 96 in 1: Odds of dying from an opioid overdose The alarming finding that a person is now more statistically likely to die of an opioid overdose … [Read more...]

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The Worker Shortage and Your Lab

If you're having trouble finding employees, all you have to do is look at the numbers to understand the problem. The national unemployment rate stands at 3.7%—and in some states it's even lower. In … [Read more...]

LEGISLATION

New Broad All-Payor Kickback Law Impacting Laboratories, Commission-based Compensation and more

By Danielle Sloane bio and Chris Climo bio In a recent piece of federal legislation intended to address the opioid crisis across the United States, Congress enacted a new all-payor kickback … [Read more...]

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LDTs: FDA Announces New Approach to 510(k) Approvals

Last month, the FDA floated a plan to overhaul and modernize the 510(k) premarket review pathway allowing for faster, safer approval of medical devices, including diagnostics. Here's a quick … [Read more...]

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Medicare Reimbursement: CMS Provides Needed PAMA Relief—But Newly Covered Hospital Labs Must Report in 2019

The battle between CMS and the lab industry over Medicare Part B pricing for lab tests could be on the road to resolution notwithstanding the ACLA's recent court loss. But even as the legal battle … [Read more...]

MARKETING

Industry Trends: Continued Momentum for Lab-Retail Collaboration

The Theranos debacle hasn't dissuaded retailers from partnering with labs. Here's a rundown of some recent deals. LabCorp & Walgreens In fact, Walgreens, Theranos's ex-retail partner, has moved … [Read more...]

DATA

6 Steps to Data-Driven Transformation

By Nir Kaldero  bio We're now well into the Fourth Industrial Revolution. The First Industrial Revolution was about steam and railroads, the Second about electricity, and the Third brought … [Read more...]

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Industry Buzz: ACA Constitutionality Is Back in Play

After a series of court setbacks, Republicans challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, aka, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) are back at it. And this time they may win. Beating a Dead Horse? The … [Read more...]

SPECIAL FOCUS

Cost Avoidance vs Cost Savings: What’s the Difference?

By Jennifer Dawson, MHA, DLM (ASCP)  bio As I work to spread awareness within the clinical laboratory community about the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) concept and its benefits as a method to … [Read more...]


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