Digital Pathology at the South Bend Medical Foundation

Recently, the FDA approved the first digital pathology system for primary diagnosis of tissue biopsy specimens in the United States. For the past year, the South Bend Medical Foundation has been working to incorporate this technology into the laboratory to improve patient care for our community. At the end of 2016, the Medical Foundation acquired a high throughput, whole slide imaging device that allows scanning of traditional glass slides to produce a digital image.

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Indiana Senator Todd Young and Jim Frain

Indiana Senator Todd Young and Jim Frain

The American Society for Healthcare Human Resources Administration (ASHHRA) of the American Hospital Association (AHA) is the nation's only membership organization dedicated to meeting the needs of the human resources professionals in health care.  The ASHHRA Advocacy Committee was on the Hill and presented the ASHHRA Hill Visit Position Paper focusing on Ensuring a Strong and Engaged Health Care Workforce.  The objective of the ASHHRA Advocacy Committee Hill Visit is to continue to build relationships with senators and representatives, reiterating the important health care viewpoint.  It is imperative to present our positions since their view may not include a focus on the issues unique to health care.

Jim Frain, Vice President Human Resources, met with the offices of both Indiana Senators as well as three Indiana Representatives on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in Washington D.C.  Mr. Frain (right) is pictured with Indiana Senator Todd Young (left) in front of the Senate Chamber doors.


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New ABN effective 21JUN17

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has
revised the Advanced Beneficiary Notice
of Non-coverage (ABN).

The mandatory use date for the REVISED ABN,
FORM CMS – R -131 is June 21, 2017



·         The latest version of the ABN is dated with the release date of 3/2020 printed in the lower left hand corner.

o    Stock # 13306

o    Stock # 13307 (Spanish version)

·         Discard all ABNs with release date of 3/11.

·         All ABNs with the release date of 3/11 that are issued on or after June 21, 2017 will be considered invalid.

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