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Medicare’s new Quality Payment Program

In 2016, the DHHS released the final Medicare Quality Payment Program (QPP) rule, which is a part of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA), redefining how providers will be reimbursed for quality through either the Merit-based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) or Advanced Alternative Payment Models (APMs). The LIS plays an important role as an information system that feeds the EHR and as an essential tool to help laboratories increase efficiency and monitor their productivity as it relates to these new quality measures.

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MLO | April 2017

Molecular Informatics: Shaping Change in the Lab

Molecular diagnostics is revolutionizing healthcare by paving the way for personalized medicine. By providing molecular and genetic data analysis and result interpretation, laboratory professionals help providers and patients gain the full benefit of molecular testing, and promote maximum lab value.

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Originally published in AAFP-PT POL Insight, 2017-A Issue 78. Re-printed with permission
AAFP-PT POL Insight | 2017

An assessment of overutilization and underutilization of laboratory tests by expert physicians in the evaluation of patients for bleeding and thrombotic disorders in clinical context and in real time

“Using a panel of two to four experts in coagulation, test selection was reviewed in clinical context and in real time, and consensus determinations were made to derive conclusions about the extent of overutilization and underutilization.”

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Originally published in Diagnostics, 2017; 4(1): 21-26. Re-printed with permission
Diagnostics | November 2016

As ACOs Evolve, the Clinical Lab’s Role Grows

As the shift to value-based care continues, so does the lab’s role as information integrator. Read about strategic initiatives laboratories need to focus on to succeed in an ACO, value-based environment.

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MLO | November 2016

Adapting to Artificial Intelligence: Radiologists and Pathologists as Information Specialists

Explore the future of Artificial Intelligence (AI) possibilities in radiology and pathology as data quantity increases and technology advances.

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JAMA | November 2016

Utilizing LOINC With Laboratory Data

Read about best practices for implementing and maintaining LOINC in your LIS.

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Clinical Laboratory News | November 2016

The Future Outlook for Laboratory POCT

Changes in the U.S. health care delivery system are underway, driven by the need to reduce escalating costs and improve patient care outcomes. Additionally, advances in both lab testing technology and health information technology (HIT) are pushing toward a more patient-centered, proactive health care system. Bringing lab testing to the patient’s side in situations where this type of testing can improve care or reduce costs fits well in this new model. Point-of-care testing (POCT) provides immediate results in non-laboratory settings to support a more patient-centered approach to health care delivery, allowing for rapid treatment of the patient, and in many cases eliminating unnecessary downstream costs.

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Originally published in AAFP-PT POL Insight, October 2016. Re-printed with permission
AAFP-PT POL Insight | October 2016

Point-of-Care Testing Conference Draws Big Crowd in Toronto to Learn about New Diagnostic Technologies, Improving Test Quality, and Accuracy

The Dark Daily reports about how POCT is being leveraged to lower costs in rural Canada. Several rural hospitals that found it economically unfeasible to maintain full lab services have turned to POCT for emergent situations and are seeing favorable cost reductions.

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Dark Daily | October 2016

PAMA and Bundled Payments Force Labs to Feel a Reimbursement Shift

Because laboratories are crucial to diagnostics, they remain valuable in the new outcomes-based system; however, for the lab, changes involve test menus, testing locations and finding new ways to support providers in their patient care. This means labs are looking at a new value proposition and should be thinking in these terms.

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MLO | May 2016

The Laboratory’s Contribution to Advanced Medical Analytics

The laboratory represents only about three percent of healthcare costs, but when it is used properly, it can impact downstream costs far beyond the cost of performing lab tests. Laboratorians are encouraged to see the value of the information they are processing and to become active participants in analytics that advance the value of lab information.

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MLO | January 2016

Labs in the Information Age 

What laboratories need in an LIS/LIMS is changing based on the reshaping of the healthcare landscape. A strong LIS/LIMS is vital in helping labs demonstrate value for an increasing number of operations and initiatives.

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CLP | March 2016

Data Mining to Improve Laboratory Utilization and Patient Care

With a growing focus on healthcare costs, clinical laboratories are often tasked with improving laboratory utilization, while also remaining conscious of ensuring patients receive the appropriate testing for optimal patient care.

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Critical Values | January 2016

The Laboratory’s Contribution to Advanced Medical Analytics

Laboratorians are encouraged to see the value of the information they are processing and to become active participants in analytics that advance the value of the lab.

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MLO | February 2016

What’s Your Lab’s Strategy?

Peter Francis, of Clinical Laboratory Sales Training, LLC, offers insight on rethinking your lab’s strategy to maximize the value of what your lab offers and distinguish your lab from your competitors.

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Clinical Laboratory Sales Training | January 2016

Pathology Informatics – Healthcare Changes Shine a Spotlight on This Essential Area

Becoming proficient and involved in pathology informatics is becoming more important as healthcare and information technology advances continue. Laboratories produce enormous amounts of data, and the discipline of pathology informatics manages this massive flow of information, turning it into accessible knowledge that clinicians can use.

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http://laboratory-manager.advanceweb.com/ | August 2015

Laboratory Data in ACO Environments

Accountable Care Organization (ACO) progression is impacting the laboratory both structurally and financially. To thrive in this environment, laboratories have to adopt new strategies and contribute in ways that support the ACO’s value-based integrated care delivery model. Laboratory data analytics can play an important role in supporting ACO health initiatives like population health management and identification of care gaps.

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clpmag.com | June 2015

LIS Trends for 2015 and Beyond

As healthcare faces more monumental changes in the coming year, the laboratory information system (LIS) will play a critical role in the success of the laboratory. The lab must meet more regulatory requirements than ever before in an effort to create value-driven, not volume-focused reimbursements. The LIS will support the lab with a number of functions including providing valuable data analytics and supporting testing algorithms. As healthcare changes, the LIS must progress with it.

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Health Management Technology | January 2015

Big Gain Theory – Data Warehousing Pays Off

Regional Medical Laboratories in Tulsa, OK is one of the largest regional labs in the country, performing 9 million tests a year, and has been in the vanguard of the data warehouse trend. With its Enterprise Data Warehouse, containing an array of data points on 2.3 million patients going back as far as 15 years, RML has been able to achieve cost-saving process improvement and more sophisticated guidance for clinical care.

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captodayonline.com | November 2014

Evolving Healthcare Climate Puts Pathologists Front and Center in the Future

Today’s pathology residents will be practicing in a very different healthcare delivery and financing environment, where the emphasis is on providing the maximum value for patient outcomes while managing costs. This new generation of pathologists will need to think of their roles as purveyors of knowledge who are critical members of the care team, and will need to expand their skill set to understand new technologies and personalized medicine, ultimately to provide better patient outcomes.

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mlo-online.com | October 2014

Lab Gets a Jump on Pay-for-value World

Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, and before the notion of an ACO became a Medicare reality, Richard J. Cote, MD, was among those in medicine who saw the writing on the wall regarding health care payment. Dr. Cote and his laboratory colleagues are preparing for this transition away from the traditional, and still predominant, fee-for-service payment model. They say the health system–owned laboratory must move beyond its established role to show how it will help cut costs while improving care and outcomes. Dr. Cote stresses that new strategies in these payment models must be developed in order to deliver financial sustainability.

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captodayonline.com | July 2014

A Question of Capital: Will Lab Purchasing Take a U-turn?

Before the Affordable Care Act was passed, and before the notion of an ACO became a Medicare reality, Richard J. Cote, MD, was among those in medicine who saw the writing on the wall regarding health care payment. Dr. Cote and his laboratory colleagues are preparing for this transition away from the traditional, and still predominant, fee-for-service payment model. They say the health system–owned laboratory must move beyond its established role to show how it will help cut costs while improving care and outcomes. Dr. Cote stresses new strategies in these payment models must be developed in order to deliver financial sustainability.

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captodayonline.com | June 2014

Guidance Aims for Safer Use of Lab Data in EHRs

Laboratory leaders and pathologists will play a crucial rule in reducing negative consequences of health information technology thanks to newly issued IT practices by the Department of Health and Human Services. The recommendations, dubbed Safety Assurance Factors for Electronic Health Record Resilience, were released as nine separate self-assessment guides encompassing 158 best practices that are designed for health care organizations to complete in consultation with their IT vendors.

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cap.org | March 2014

LIS of the Future: Supporting Value-based Measures for Healthcare

As healthcare makes major shifts in response to recent legislation, appropriate use of laboratory testing becomes even more essential for achieving safe, effective, and efficient care for patients. Essential to this effort is the effective implementation of a mature, capable laboratory information system (LIS).

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mlo-online.com | December 2013

Providers Must Lead the Way in Making Value the Overarching Goal

Cost increases and uneven quality plague health care systems around the world. This article proposes a strategic value-based agenda designed to create a high-value healthcare system that focuses on achieving the best patient care outcomes at the lowest cost. This agenda incorporates six interdependent components, including organizing health care systems around patient medical conditions rather than medical specialty, measuring costs and outcomes for patients, developing care cycle bundled prices, integrating care delivery across different facilities, expanding services geographically, and building a value-adding IT platform.

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hbr.org | October 2013

Adding Up Diagnosis Errors

A new study has found that mistakes involving patient diagnosis are the most common, costly, and dangerous errors made by doctors in the U.S. Researchers at Johns Hopkins University looked at malpractice claims over the last 25 years and discovered diagnostic errors attributed to 29% of claims. Laboratory information systems like Orchard Harvest LIS can aid your laboratory in eliminating these errors, while also providing other returns to the lab’s bottom line.

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wsj.com | April 2013

The Move Towards Accountable Care

This article from Clinical Laboratory News offers important insights on the transition to the Accountable Care Organization delivery model. Already, the shared savings model is incorporated in some medical centers, as they prepare for the push towards outpatient care.

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aacc.org | August 2012

Tweaking the LIS—Changes in technology offer new information system options for clinical labs

Laboratory information systems may have appeared to change more slowly than other healthcare IT, but this is changing rapidly with the advent of point-of-care testing, demands for lab analytics, and mobile access. In this MLO article, the author shares insights from some of the industry’s most forward thinkers on how the LIS will progress in the future.

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mlo-online.com | August 2012

The Evolving New Role of Laboratory Professionals

With the rapid development of genomics, proteomics, and pharmacogenomics, the clinicians’ diagnostic knowledge gap is likely to grow, and with it the demand for support from the departments of pathology. One of the hottest topics is the concept of combining information from clinical pathology, anatomic pathology, and radiology into a single, integrated diagnostic report. The new role of laboratory professionals has put a premium on integrated diagnostics in the lab, and professionals will need a system that delivers a combined report that facilitates improved patient care. This article provides information on how lab professionals’ roles are changing and how the healthcare industry is integrating their diagnostic processes.

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cap.org | May 2011

Unified AP/LIS—One system, with one database

Laboratories have traditionally believed that there is no diagnostic information system available that combines their anatomic and clinic pathology data into one patient file. However, there is at least one product that breaks that stereotype: Orchard Pathology. Orchard’s pathology information system simplifies the complexities of integrated diagnostics and reporting. This article provides more details on the product’s features that explain its quick rise to be a leader in the industry.

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cap.org | February 2011

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