Utilization Trends: Study Links EMR Prioritization to Over Ordering of Costly Lab Tests

Health systems under pressure to cut costs and improve care quality are looking for ways to rein in what they perceive to be overutilization of lab testing. Against this backdrop, a pair of new … [Read more...]


Mindset Shift Moves Labs from Transactions to Insights

How do you plan for the future in a rapidly changing environment? That is the big task that laboratories are being asked to do. There is no roadmap, yet their financial livelihood is dependent upon … [Read more...]


AI Using Laboratory Data to Inform Clinical Decisions

Artificial intelligence- (AI-) based technology is beginning to penetrate health care. Like most other clinical decision-making, several early AI applications rely upon laboratory data. While … [Read more...]


Genomics Giants Accused of Misappropriating Sequencing Technology

Case: A trio of medical researchers are accusing Illumina, Thermo Fisher Scientific and Affymetrix of stealing the zip code sequencing technology they developed. The trade secret theft and fraud … [Read more...]


OIG Monthly Work Plan Review: August 2018

Of the 12 new Work Plan items, four have direct implications for labs and billing of lab tests. 1. Medicare Payments for Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests in 2017: Year 4 of Baseline Data Issue: … [Read more...]


Cybersecurity: LabCorp Reports What Could Be a Major Data Breach

Cyberattacks and data breaches against health providers are a daily occurrence. But when the breach takes place at a firm as big and powerful as LabCorp and potentially affects the health records of … [Read more...]


CMS Takes 3 New Measures to Bolster Medicaid Program Integrity

With Medicaid spending on the rapid ascent, CMS unveiled a trio of new initiatives to bolster program integrity and make states more accountable for compliance with federal rules. 1. MLR Audits CMS … [Read more...]


Laboratory Information Systems (LIS): What You Need To Know To Get Paid

By Sean McSweeney  bio Today, laboratory billing claims require more and more data to successfully get paid. One of the biggest reasons your claims may be getting denied is because you're … [Read more...]


Case of the Month: Patients Can’t Sue Labs for Privacy Breaches, Federal Court Confirms

The HIPAA law sets out civil and criminal penalties that can be imposed on labs (and other providers) that commit privacy violations. But one thing the HIPAA law does not specify is whether an … [Read more...]


New Study Provides Most Comprehensive Overview of Genetic Test Development, Usage and Spending

As might be expected, there has been rapid growth in genetic test availability and spending on these tests since 2014. But, comprehensive new collaborative analysis conducted by Concert Genetics … [Read more...]