HEALTH CARE REFORM

As Value-based Goals are Achieved, Medicare Spending Declines By Billions of Dollars

percent of Medicare payments to quality was reached months earlier than anticipated, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently reported that Medicare spending between 2009 and … [Read more...]

DATA

Specimen Collection and Handling Threatens Integrity of Diagnostics and Biomedical Research

By Kelly A. Briganti, Editorial Director, G2 Intelligence The massive amounts of data being created by diagnostics and the challenges and opportunities this data presents was the focus of a one-day … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

HHS Reports Medicare Spending Has Declined By Billions of Dollars

By Kelly A. Briganti, Editorial Director, G2 Intelligence After announcing earlier this month that the goal of linking 30 percent of Medicare payments to quality was reached months earlier than … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

CMS & NIH Focus on Relationship Between Social Issues and Health of Seniors, Children

When patients come to labs for tests, they bring more than health needs. They may come from unstable homes, be hungry, or experience difficulty finding transportation to get to the lab. Social issues … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

ACLA Meeting Spotlights Value of Clinical Diagnostics in Face of Reimbursement, Regulatory Challenges

By Stephanie Murg, Managing Director, G2 Intelligence Despite the looming challenges of a proposed overhaul of the Medicare payment system for clinical laboratory services and federal regulation of … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Presidential Election Campaign Sets Tone for 2017 Congressional Activity

Pathologists and laboratory leaders who have not yet had their fill of politics just need to wait. As 2016 progresses, Republican and Democratic Presidential candidates are likely to create … [Read more...]

OIG & Industry Leaders Collaborate on Guidance Regarding Compliance Oversight

On April 20, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a compliance guidance document created through the joint efforts of the OIG, the American … [Read more...]

OIG Sets Enforcement Sights on Reform Efforts

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) doesn’t just scrutinize laboratories and other providers but is also charged with overseeing government agencies and … [Read more...]

Health Care Stakeholders Advise FTC/DOJ on Payer Networks, ACOs, and Anti-Trust Concerns

As we reported in our last issue, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) is concerned about the effects of health care reform on competition. The FTC and Department of Justice (DOJ) held a joint workshop … [Read more...]

Latest Snapshot of National Health Spending

Health care spending in the United States rose 3.9 percent in 2011 to a total of $2.7 trillion and accounted for 17.9 percent of the gross domestic product (GDP), according to the annual report that … [Read more...]


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