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CMS Offers MIPS Reporting Flexibilities for Pathologists During COVID

The Quality Payment Program (QPP) was established by CMS as part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015. The QPP transformed the Medicare payment system to focus more on value of service than volume. Under QPP, there are two payment tracks, Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Advanced Alternative Payment Model (APM), both of which involve levels of financial...

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Delta Variant Impact on Lab Testing Volumes

The impact of the SARS-CoV-2 Delta variant is increasingly severe. The CDC has determined this strain is nearly twice as contagious as previous variants and two studies indicate Delta patients are more likely to be hospitalized than those infected with Alpha or the original virus strains.1 97.4% of all U.S. COVID-19 cases stem from this variant.2Infection numbers are rising rapidly. On August 11...

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Things to Consider When Building a Patient and Provider Engagement Infrastructure

This blog post is the final installment of our three part series. View Part One and Part Two. On the recent Fierce Healthcare webinar, “Billing and Patient Access Tools to Boost Digital Health Profit,” I had the pleasure of addressing patient and provider engagement tools.The fact is, healthcare billing and claims processing — more specifically the revenue cycle management (RCM) process for...

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The Impact of COVID-19 on Remote Patient Monitoring, Medical Device, and IDTF Patient Engagement Tools

This blog post is part two of a three part series. View Part One and Part Three. According to the “COVID 19 Telehealth Impact Study,” conducted by the COVID 19 Healthcare Coalition, 75% of physicians reported they would like to continue to offer digital services for chronic disease management post-COVID. These findings confirm that physicians see the value in providing digital and telehealth...

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How COVID-19 Influenced Billing and Patient Access Tools for Telehealth, Remote Patient Monitoring, Medical Device, and IDTF

This blog post is part one of a three part series. View Part Two and Part Three. Recently, I had the pleasure of participating in a Fierce Healthcare webinar, “Billing and Patient Access Tools to Boost Digital Health Profits.” During the webinar, I addressed how COVID-19 changed billing and patient access tools for remote patient monitoring (RPM), medical device, and independent device testing...

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You Invested to Meet the Demand for COVID-19 Testing: How Do You Optimize that Investment Post-Pandemic?

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S., many laboratories invested in equipment, supplies, and personnel to manage the surge of COVID-19 test demand. For the laboratory information system (LIS), the backbone of the laboratory IT infrastructure, this meant new workflows, report templates, and instrument interfaces to handle the new COVID-19 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) tests.Once...

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Lab Week 2021: Reflection and Gratitude

Once again, Lab week is upon us. As the second year celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (MLPW) in the midst of a global pandemic, it’s worth taking a moment to celebrate all our lab professionals and pathologists. Diagnostics is such a vital piece of the healthcare puzzle, and frontline laboratorians have been visible in unprecedented ways throughout the pandemic, but it is still...

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Preparing for Market Disruption – Operational Lessons From COVID-19

Conor WardVP of Sales, XIFIN Joe NollarAVP LIS Product Development, XIFIN In March 2021, we had the privilege of being interviewed by Linda Wilson, Senior Editor of Medical Laboratory Observer (MLO). The discussion focused on what has been learned by laboratories during the COVID-19 pandemic so far...

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