Blog Posts by Date: Apr 2019

EKRA‘s Real Impact on Clinical Laboratories

With the opioid epidemic becoming an increasingly serious issue in the United States, our government has responded with the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recover and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act, also known as the Support Act. This act essentially aimed to reduce access to opioids. One of more than 70 bills...


Hidden Landmines in RCM: Understanding Trends that Impact Financial Performance of Laboratories and Pathology Practices

With layers of complexity in revenue cycle management, it’s pertinent laboratories and pathology practices understand the challenges that may unknowingly be impacting revenue. Industry trends consistently change how we approach the nuances of the RCM process. How trends in top denials shifted in the last several year's impacts how we edit on the...


Can Your LIS and RCM Systems Work Together to Automate Reimbursement for IHC Tests?

  • April 23, 2019

There are many complex rules around the billing of immunohistochemistry (IHC) and other anatomic pathology (AP) tests, especially when multiple specimens are tested for the same patient on the same date of service. Understanding the unit of service for these tests is important in proper billing and thus full reimbursement. The unit of service for...


Happy Lab Week!

  • April 22, 2019

Since 1975 the laboratory community has been increasing public awareness, understanding, and appreciation for clinical laboratory personnel by celebrating Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (Lab Week). Now, more than ever, laboratories deserve recognition and support because disruption is the new normal in the lab industry. While PAMA has been...


Is Your Precision Medicine Data IQ Where it Should be?

  • April 19, 2019

Digital data is being generated at an astonishing clip, especially in the healthcare space. According to a November 2018 IDC report, healthcare is the fastest-growing industry datasphere that IDC evaluated. Critical and hypercritical (life-dependent) data are also growing fastest within the healthcare industry. IDC projects over 10 zettabytes (...


Protecting Customer Data: Focus on Physical Security

  • April 18, 2019

Protected Health Information (PHI) is a favorite target of cybercriminals. Sold on the black market, PHI is estimated to be 10 to 20 times more valuable than a credit card record, which typically sells for $1 or $2.As stolen data continues to grow in value, criminals become more creative. It's an escalating battle that keeps data security a high-...


Protecting Customer Data: Focus on Data Breach Prevention and Protocol

With a company’s average cost of suffering a data breach at approximately $3.86 million (IBM/Ponemon Report), cursory defenses are not enough. Data security needs to be part of your culture.At a recent XIFIN roundtable, Kevin Hagen, XIFIN Vice President of Information Systems, and I discussed how XIFIN protects customer data. Kevin introduced the...


The Unsung Partnership Between IT Departments and Sales

  • April 10, 2019

Believe me, I get it. People who work in lab-related IT Departments just want to do their job uninterrupted, and the salespeople who work with them are always pushing for new products, services, and anything else that will provide them the upper hand to keep up in this extremely competitive healthcare services industry. While this seems like the...