ACOs: Do You Need a Consultant?

Rules establishing “Accountable Care Organizations” (ACOs) – a new health care payment and delivery reform model linking provider reimbursements to quality metrics – took effect in January. COLA is working on a few initiatives intended to better define how a laboratory should integrate into the ACO model. In the meantime, this article in Amednews examines…

COLA Engages Clients on Proposed Federal Rule

Several federal agencies have proposed amending the patient privacy provisions of two federal laws, the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). In effect, the new rule – CMS-2319-P: Patients’ Access to Test Reports – would repeal exceptions to an individual’s right of access…

Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs): One Perspective

According to a recent article on AAFP’s “News Now” site, a nationally-recognized expert on healthcare payments and quality issues believes that primary care physicians, not hospitals, should take the lead on creating ACOs. Click here to read comments made by Harold Miller, executive director of the Center for Healthcare Quality and Payment Reform and president/CEO…

Scholarships Available to Lab Students

In an effort to help address the workforce shortage which has plagued the medical laboratory profession, ASCP and Siemens will be awarding more than $125,000 in scholarships to undergraduate and graduate students during the 2011-2012 academic year. More than 100 scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,000 are available, The deadline for applications is November 15,…