Month: August 2013

Prosecutors Ready to Target Pain Management

OVER THE PAST DECADE, many lab executives and pathologists have become aware of the abusive activities in the field of drugs of abuse testing and pain management testing. The frustration for those who understood the true scale of the fraud and abuse in this sector of healthcare was that no federal or state prosecutor seemed …

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Labs Push to Cut Costs As Budgets, Prices Shrink

CEO SUMMARY: Cost-cutting is now the prime directive at progressive labs because nearly every laboratory organization in the United States is under sustained financial pressure. This is due to shrinking budgets for hospital labs and more aggressive price-cutting by private payers. Even Obamacare is a factor, because of the Medicare Part B price cuts it …

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Cigna Program Addresses Genetic Test Utilization

CEO SUMMARY: Cigna launched a program that requires genetic counseling for patients and pre-authorization of genetic tests. Its partner is InformedDNA, a firm that provides genetic counseling services. The goals include better patient engagement, improved test utilization, and a process to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of new genetic tests. Cigna customers getting genetic tests for …

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PeaceHealth Lab Helps Docs with Info to Improve Outcomes

CEO SUMMARY: Described by its CEO as “an information company that happens to do laboratory testing,” PeaceHealth Laboratories of Springfield, Oregon, is moving swiftly to develop and deliver value-added services to its client physicians. The lab’s goal is to help referring doctors achieve improved patient outcomes. HEALTHCARE IS CHANGING RAPIDLY, and perceptive pathologists and laboratory …

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Reporters & Investigators Target Fraud in Pain Management Market

PAIN MANAGEMENT IS COMING under increased scrutiny by law enforcement officials and government regulators. Even the national media have begun to notice the fraud and abuse that is rampant in this rapidly-expanding sector of healthcare. Many pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will welcome increased enforcement by state and federal officials. Over the past decade, lab …

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August 19, 2013 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

There is a billion-dollar laboratory acquisition underway in Ontario, Canada. LifeLabs Medical Services is moving ahead with its planned purchase of CML HealthCare for US$917 million. The deal was made public on June 25 and, because it represents a major consolidation of the province’s two largest clinical laboratory organizations, there have been some critics. However, …

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