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  • Cyber Insecurity

    Last September, the FBI issued a warning that devices and objects that connect to the internet to send and receive data are vulnerable to cyber-attack. While this warning referenced many popular lifestyle devices such as smart phones and wearable fitness monitors, it also included devices common to laboratories and other businesses, such as ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on January 29, 2016
  • HHS Publishes Final Rule on Patient Access to Their Lab results

    Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule that requires laboratories to give patients access to their lab results. A few years ago Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reaffirmed the Obama Administration commitment to patient-centered care.   A part of that initiative, she indicated, had ...
  • 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
  • Insurance and Genetic Testing

    I've discussed the possibility of genetic discrimination before. As a matter of fact, there’s even a federal law prohibiting health insurers from denying coverage based on an applicant’s genetic code -- the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA), as NPR noted in a recent story -- but apparently genetic discrimination might be ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on January 23, 2013