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  • Sunshine Act on Cloudy Finances

    The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, has already seen several new laws and regulatory measures introduced since its implementation, with many more soon to be on the horizon. One of these is the Sunshine Act, a law requiring public disclosure of any financial agreements between healthcare vendors and providers. Recent ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on January 29, 2014
  • Is this Quality or Just Habit?

      The Director of Nursing hotly defended her staff. They had in fact performed quality control on the point of care glucose meters per policy. They had dated and initialed the appropriate line on the sheet. What was the lab complaining about? What did the state inspector mean by citing them?   Let me back up and ...
  • CMS Reconsiders Reimbursement Cap

    Across the country, laboratories and laboratory professionals have been bracing themselves for substantial cuts to Medicare reimbursements planned to move forward in the coming year. According to a press release from ASCP, the proposed cuts would have limited reimbursements for some laboratory tests by up to 80 percent, reducing total revenue ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on December 19, 2013
  • Genetics and Litigation

    In recent months, there has been a lot of litigation and government influence regarding companies offering genetic sequencing services. Following the memorable SCOTUS ruling against Myriad Genetics in June and the company’s subsequent law suit involving Ambry Genetics, the FDA joined in on further regulatory disputes with a cease-and-desist ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on December 11, 2013
  • Proficiency Testing Proficiency

    Proficiency Testing is an important part of any laboratory quality assessment program.  It is an external assessment of your staff's performance  by facilitating  the comparison of your laboratory's test results with other laboratories using the same instruments or kits, and methodology.  While we have discussed proficiency ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on December 5, 2013
  • How to Not Build a Clinical Trial System

    This blog is posted on behalf of Abraham Gutman, CEO of AG Mednet. We welcome comments.  About a month ago a friend sent me a link to an article entitled ''Building a Better Clinical Trial System.'' After reading it, I had to make sure it actually appeared on The Daily Beast, and it was not from a satirical magazine like Mad or ...
    Posted to Boardroom Buzz (Weblog) on September 17, 2013
  • Incentivizing Prevention

    Incentivizing preventive practices is exactly the principle behind Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and other initiatives forging a new healthcare delivery landscape in the US.  But what exactly is an ACO? CMS defines ACOs as a group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, coming together voluntarily to give coordinated ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on July 31, 2013
  • Tweets of the Week (5.30.13)

    New Twitter list! Tips to ease the ICD-10 switch, implementation guidelines for interoperability and security, meeting Meaningful Use stage 2, healthcare marketing and (surprise) gridlock in Washington. Get daily tweets by following us @ExecInsight. Brad Justus 13 Tips to Ease the ICD-10 Switch  KentBottles Partisan ...
    Posted to Boardroom Buzz (Weblog) on May 30, 2013
  • Tweets of the Week (5.23.13)

    New tweet list! Interoperability breakthrough near, treating Oklahoma victims, patient-centered medical homes and the Triple Aim, and graduation advice you wish you'd been given. Get daily tweets by following us @ExecInsight. FierceHealthIT CCHIT: Interoperability breakthrough near Gunter F. Wessels SM Hospitals scramble ...
    Posted to Boardroom Buzz (Weblog) on May 23, 2013
  • AACC Urges Action

    The AACC is urging laboratory professionals to contact their members of Congress and request that they support H.R.1248, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, which would preserve recent advances in state newborn screening programs. Earlier legislation contributed to a dramatic expansion in newborn screening for treatable ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on May 21, 2013
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