Blog Posts by Date: Jun 2018

HHS Publishes Semi-Annual Report to Congress

  • June 27, 2018

The US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has issued its Semi-Annual Report to Congress covering the period of October 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. These Reports describe OIG’s work to identify and investigate significant issues and deficiencies related to the administration of HHS programs and...


What SSAE 18 Means For Security

  • June 25, 2018

Recently, the AICPA made a change to the original SSAE 16 standards for security to address and clarify complexity issues, updating them to the SSAE 18 standard which went into effect in May 2017. According to, “SSAE18 is the short name for Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements No. 18. Attestation standards establish...


What You Need to Know About the Changing Landscape and the Impact to How Labs Must Submit Claims to Enable Reimbursements

Prior authorization in the medical field is a necessary but flawed process that causes challenges for physicians as well as everyone involved from submission to approval. For those who are unaware, prior authorization is a requirement that a physician obtains approval from a patients health insurance plan to prescribe a specific medication or lab...


Integrating Pathology Into the Care Team – A Workflow Solution for Integrated Healthcare Data Exchange and Collaboration

At the 2018 Executive War College event, XIFIN Vice President of Informatics, Patricia Goede and I discussed the value and importance of integrating pathologists and pathology lab data systems into the cancer care team workflow. Below you’ll find a recap of our talk about integrated pathology approaches—how they impact diagnostics, coordination...


Quality Initiatives in Cancer Care at the 54th Annual 2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology

  • June 12, 2018

I recently attended the ASCO 2018 Annual Meeting on June 1st at the McCormick Place in Chicago where informative educational and scientific sessions highlighted the latest in cancer care treatments. This year attendees connected and shared with peers the latest in cancer treatment, care, and policy that impact the field of oncology and hematology...


PAMA: Strategies Moving Forward

  • June 6, 2018

Moving forward in light of the impact of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 requires laboratories to demonstrate fiscal acumen in terms of their contracting process and reimbursement due diligence. This will support: Help mitigate lost revenue from the current round of PAMA fe schedule cutsPreparation for the next PAMA data...


Physician Adoption of Remote Patient Monitoring Services in Healthcare

The emergence of wearable devices for remote patient monitoring is rapidly helping physicians improve patient care along with having the potential to dramatically lower healthcare costs.   According to Goldman Sachs, remote patient monitoring provides the potential for 200 billion dollar annual savings in healthcare costs, targeting the fields of...