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New business model for medical billing companies
By Mick Raich
The key in any industry is to make a margin — that difference between cost and revenue, the part you get to take home every two weeks so little Tommy can have a new iPad. As change takes place, companies that fall short of this margin inevitably fail. They may leverage themselves with loans or lower their costs by decreasing output, but sooner or later the bills have to be paid. In the medical billing industry, companies have literally searched far and wide for this margin. Over the past 10 years we have seen considerable use of Business Process Outsourcing firms that handle various parts of the billing process overseas.
CMS creating advisory panel for clinical lab tests
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced that it is establishing an Advisory Panel on Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests. CMS is currently taking requests for nominations to serve in it.
The new panel is authorized under the Social Security Act and the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 and is subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act. Those chosen will serve on an "expert outside advisory panel" to help advise the Secretary of Health and Human Services.
Inappropriate test orders inundate health systems
Educating healthcare providers about the usefulness of various laboratory tests significantly reduces unnecessary testing and results in better patient care at a lower cost to the lab, according to several studies presented at the American Society for Clinical Pathology 2014.
Investigators report a 75 percent decrease in orders for the 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D test — which is the wrong test to assess vitamin D — after efforts to educate clinicians in the Western Connecticut Health Network.
OGT workshop to focus on using latest genomic technologies for accelerating cancer research
Research into the identification of clinically relevant genetic mutations is growing rapidly. However, the complexity of genomic variation means that the use of multiple technologies is often required to obtain a complete understanding of a given disease.
UK scientists find 800 biomarkers in blood of cancer patients
Researchers in the United Kingdom are making strides toward developing a single blood test that would aid in the early detection of cancer, Medical News Today reported.
In the study, researchers reviewed 19,000 scientific papers and identified more than 800 biomarkers in the blood of cancer patients.
Scientists worked to answer the question, "What biomarkers exist that could be used to develop a general cancer screening assay from blood sampling, and what is their state of development?"
Credit card-sized, microfluidic device capable of diagnosing pancreatic cancer in minutes
Hoping to speed up the processing of human biopsies to reduce the time required to diagnose cancers, two undergraduate engineering students at the University of Washington have developed a cheap, miniaturized device that could one day be used in anatomic pathology laboratories. The protype is a low-cost, credit-card-sized device that automates the processing of human tissue biopsies using fluid transport.
Clinical laboratory immunology: An indispensable player in lab medicine
Clinical laboratory immunology affects practically every aspect of medicine. Accordingly, appropriately trained, board-certified clinical laboratory immunologists are key contributors to the diagnosis and management of patients with various immune-mediated conditions. This review highlights the availability of postdoctoral level training programs for clinical laboratory immunology and identifies possible career tracks.
A medical lab for the home
Fraunhofer FIT demonstrates a mobile wireless system that monitors the health of elderly people in their own homes, using miniature sensors. Besides non-invasive sensors this platform integrates technology to take a blood sample and to determine specific markers in the patient's blood. At its core is the home unit, a compact device located in the patient's home. It incorporates the necessary software as well as sensors and the analytical equipment.
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