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Florida State Legislative session recap
As of April 28, 2015, the Florida Legislature adjourned sine die in a historic way. Due to a bitter impasse between House Republicans and the Senate over Medicaid expansion, the House packed up their bags and went home three days early before the official May 1 adjournment. This was an unprecedented and historic end to a contentious session. As a result of the surprise shut-down, every piece of legislation relating to healthcare, with the exception of a clinical laboratory bill that we amended and supported (see SB 738), failed passage. We worked hard on so many issues for over six months including prohibition against balance billing, a potential fix to the Beacon/United issue, telemedicine, prohibiting reimbursement tied to a Medicare standard, and many others.
Are CLIA inspections of clinical pathology labs getting tougher?
Recent reports indicate that regulatory inspections of clinical laboratories are getting tougher. Some pathologists and medical lab managers acknowledge that they've had to scramble in response to the unexpected deficiencies identified by Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) inspectors following inspections of their labs. These developments make it more important than ever that clinical laboratories work to become "inspection ready." At the same time, it is essential that every laboratory compliance officer stay up to date with changes in how CLIA and other regulatory inspections are conducted.
US medical school enrollment soars
Enrollment in U.S. medical schools is on track to jump by 30 percent within five years after universities opened more programs and made other changes, according to the Association of American Medical Colleges. The association, which represents all 141 accredited U.S. medical schools and nearly 400 teaching hospitals, said first-year medical school enrollment will reach 21,304 in the 2019-20 school year. It’s just 130 positions short of a goal the association, known as the AAMC, called for in 2006 as one of the nation's leading advocates to address a doctor shortage.
UnitedHealthcare pilot to curb lab costs draws protest
A UnitedHealthcare pilot to control rising clinical laboratory costs in Florida has sparked an uprising among physicians and lab companies who say the program is burdensome and unfairly limits competition. After a delay caused by physician complaints, in mid-April UnitedHealthcare started requiring doctors in its Florida provider network to give prior notice when ordering one of 79 lab tests. The new lab benefit-management program is run by Beacon Laboratory Benefit Solutions, a subsidiary of Laboratory Corporation of America.
Genome sequencing: New device will map genes in just a few days
The original Human Genome project took more than 10 years to successfully make a "rough draft" map of a single strand of DNA. But now, a new piece of machinery could let us map a strand in only a few days. The Genome Institute at the University of Washington recently received a new gene sequencing device that allows them to fully map the human genome in less than five days.
Pathologists watching phase II of a clinical trial for breathalyzer system that uses only breath specimen to diagnose lung cancer
For almost a decade, pathologists have seen a regular stream of news stories about technologies that utilize a sample of human breath to diagnose a disease or health condition. Now comes news that just such a diagnostic test for lung cancer is beginning clinical trials in the United Kingdom.
Med school deans worry graduates won't get residencies
A record number of people are going to medical school, according to the latest numbers from the Association of American Medical Colleges, but all those students could face a problem when they graduate: a lack of openings for residencies, which they typically need to become doctors. Last fall, 20,343 students began their first year of medical school, more than in any other year, and up 23 percent from 2002, the AAMC reported.
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Research findings could lead to new targeted treatments for aggressive subtype of lymphoma
An international team of researchers, including Lukas Kenner from the Clinical Department of Pathology at MedUni Vienna, has discovered a specific combination of mutations and new gene fusions, which are heavily implicated in tumor growth in patients with a particularly aggressive subtype of lymphoma (ALCL). The findings, which have now been published in the leading magazine Cancer Cell, could lead to new targeted treatments for this disease and even to successful treatment of other types of cancer.
Profit and greed at an embattled laboratory company
How does a clinical laboratory company grow in a few short years from nothing to more than $400 million in revenue and over $100 million in profit? Since the same company just settled with the DOJ for as much as $100 million, it's reasonable to suspect that growth was probably not entirely legitimate. Now new information, gleaned from documents containing previously unreported details about the company, provides an inside look at the inner workings of the company and its rampant growth, fueled by greed and a massive disregard for law and industry standards.
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