NEWS

Medical Marijuana: CBD Doesn’t Get You “High” But May Make You Fail a Drug Test

Testing for marijuana isn't as simple as it used to be thanks to the increased use of cannabidiol (CBD) products. Based on oils extracted from hemp plants, CBD contains little to no … [Read more...]

ANTI-KICKBACK

HHS Proposes Eliminating Drug Rebates to Cut Medicare Prescription Costs

On Jan. 31, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar floated a proposed rule to lower the prices and out-of-pocket costs of prescription drugs by having manufacturers give discounts … [Read more...]

NEWS

ASCP Agreement with G2 Broadens Member Access to Quality Pathology and Diagnostics Content

Collaboration Allows ASCP to Better Meet Member Needs ASCP has entered into an agreement with G2 Intelligence, a division of Plain Language Media LLP, a leading provider of multimedia specialty … [Read more...]

NEWS

New Study Finds Lab Automation Market Poised for Continued Growth, Focus on Genomics Solutions

The lab automation market is expected to reach $5.20 billion by 2022 from an estimated $4.06 billion in 2017, at a CAGR rate of 5.1%, according to leading B2B research company MarketsandMarkets. The … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

Enforcement Trends: After 2017 Decline, False Claims Act Healthcare Recoveries Bounce Back

Although the False Claims Act (FCA) remains a federal enforcement cash cow, the growth rate has fallen off in recent years, at least in the healthcare sector. But that short-term trend could be in … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Industry Buzz: When It Comes to Obamacare, Uncertainty Is the Only Certainty

Last month, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is unconstitutional—not just the individual mandate but the whole bloody law. But if you were expecting … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

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...]

PUBLIC HEALTH

Industry Buzz: Obamacare Repeal Sends Tremors through Insurance Markets

What came as a Christmas gift to many Republicans may be a lump of coal in the stocking of many others. On December 14, a federal judge in Texas ruled that the entire Affordable Care Act (aka, … [Read more...]

INNOVATION

Using Digital Technology and AI to Fight Cancer

It has the makings of a Hollywood movie. Three recent college grads start a medical testing software company that uses a digital pathology platform, meet with success, and then go on to utilize … [Read more...]

Enforcement Trends: Opioid Crackdown Is Diverting Resources from Traditional OIG Enforcement Activities

The OIG won't admit it, but the opioid crackdown is diverting resources from traditional Medicare fraud and waste enforcement efforts. At least that's the most likely explanation for the dramatic … [Read more...]


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