House Proposes Replacement Health Care Legislation

Efforts to replace Obamacare are moving forward with legislation called the American Health Care Act proposed by two House committees—the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees.   Energy … [Read more...]


Health Care Organizations Urge Congress to Update LDT Oversight

Late last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced that it would not finalize its 2014 proposed guidance on agency oversight of laboratory developed tests (LDTs) but would work with … [Read more...]


The 7 Things Labs Need to Know About the Trump Travel Ban

We'll leave it to others to argue whether the Trump travel ban is legal, moral or wise. What we can tell you is that while it may be on temporary hold, the travel ban and the policy it embodies are … [Read more...]


Health Orgs Seek LDT Oversight

Calling the current regulatory system for laboratory developed tests (LDTs) "inadequate and in urgent need of updating," the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network and 32 other organizations … [Read more...]


ACA Still Intact for Now, But for How Long?

Now that President Donald Trump has taken office legislative efforts to "repeal and replace" the Affordable Care Act (ACA) have begun in earnest. Both the House of Representatives and the … [Read more...]


Labs Stop VA from Allowing APRNs to Perform Lab Tests

The laboratory sector has successfully fought a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) rule that would have allowed advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to "perform and supervise" lab testing. … [Read more...]


Labs Can Take Advantage of Transportation Anti-Kickback Safe Harbor

There are many benefits laboratories can't provide to beneficiaries or referral sources without violating the Anti-Kickback Statute. New changes to safe harbor regulations, however, allow labs to … [Read more...]


The New Overtime Rules are Put on Hold. What Does That Mean for You?

By Mike O'Brien  bio As most of you know by now, I'm sure, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized a new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rule that, among other things, … [Read more...]


What Trump Administration Could Mean for ACA and Labs

Now that the election has concluded, labs and others in the health care industry have a new concern—what will the fallout be? President-elect Trump promised throughout the campaign to repeal the … [Read more...]


Studies Examine Impact of Federal and State Policies on Health Costs and Utilization

Lab leaders often read about national and state policies. But effects of them may be harder to discover. The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) was motivated to find answers. Six recently released … [Read more...]