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November 2011 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

CMS Publishes 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
November 29, 2011 7:58 AM by Jill Hoffman
The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has published the 2012 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule, which includes the final retraction of the signature requirement on lab requisitions and the 2012 clinical lab fee schedule, in the Read More...
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CAP Pushes Key Issues as Super Committee Seems Likely to Miss First Deadline
November 22, 2011 7:48 AM by Jill Hoffman
As the Joint Committee on Deficit Reduction’s first deadline of Nov. 23 seems unlikely to be met and the second deadline (Dec. 31) looms, the College of American Pathologists (CAP) continues meeting with staff of the Super Committee and leading lawmakers—including Read More...
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Staying Social at AMP
November 18, 2011 9:14 PM by Kelly Graham
Friday at the AMP Annual Meeting was jam-packed with valuable educational sessions and a crowded exhibit hall. Attendees balanced informational workshops and symposia with booth tours and poster sessions, all while networking with old and new friends Read More...
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AMP 2011 Opening Day
November 17, 2011 9:17 PM by Kelly Graham
The Association for Molecular Pathology 2011 Annual Meeting kicked off today in Grapevine, TX, at the mini-city Gaylord Texan Hotel & Convention Center. ADVANCE is on site checking out the latest technologies and learning about new methodologies and Read More...
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Annual Resource Directory Coming Soon
November 16, 2011 9:59 AM by Lynn
As ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory is in its 20 th year of serving the clinical laboratory management community, we're so excited to bring you the latest edition of our annual resource directory. The staff has been working diligently on pulling Read More...
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Healthcare Sector Scrambles for New Year’s Deadline for EHR Conversion
November 15, 2011 7:43 AM by Jill Hoffman
A deadline requiring every sector of the healthcare system to meet the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) version 5010 for conversion to electronic health records (EHRs) takes effect January 1, 2012, and has many entities racing Read More...
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Final ACO Rule More Feasible for Pathologists, Clinical Labs
November 11, 2011 7:30 AM by Jill Hoffman
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has released the final regulations implementing accountable care organizations (ACOs) and the Shared Savings programs. Numerous changes to the regulations appear to make them more feasible for pathologists Read More...
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Disaster Planning Strategy Shared
November 9, 2011 9:44 AM by Lynn
If you recall in the September editorial of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory , I asked for strategies on how hospitals plan for potential disasters. Input from across the country continues to come in, so for that, I thank you! Here’s some Read More...
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Study Shows Women Can Self-test for HPV
November 8, 2011 8:07 AM by Jill Hoffman
A team of German researchers has shown that women can accurately test themselves for HPV infection, the most common cause of cervical cancer. The research is published in the October Journal of Clinical Microbiology . 1 "The high sensitivity of this self-sampling Read More...
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Special Edition: Molecular Pathology Focus Issue
November 7, 2011 12:31 PM by Kelly Graham
Last Friday, we sent a special 13th edition of ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory to the printer. Watch your doorsteps or your inbox for the digital edition. This issue focuses exclusively on updates in molecular pathology and is timed to correspond Read More...
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Healthcare Staffing Predictions
November 2, 2011 9:20 AM by Lynn
While the recession and healthcare reform created the “perfect storm” for challenges in healthcare staffing needs, it’s predicted that once more hospitals and health networks adopt new patient care delivery models, particularly the accountable care organization Read More...
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Few Lab Managers Aware of Three Proposals to Cut Lab Test Funds
November 1, 2011 7:21 AM by Jill Hoffman
Clinical laboratory leaders are keeping their eye on Congress in advance of potential significant reductions in federal funding for medical laboratory tests in the 2012 federal budget. But while many lab industry associations have alerted members to potential Read More...
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