Month: September 2013

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September 30, 2013 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Even as the cost of genetic sequencing falls, the number of gene profiles in data repositories increases. This month, a research project in Boston, Massachusetts, that includes Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and Boston Children’s Hospital reported that it now has over 5,000 genetic profiles of tumor DNA in its database. The project …

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Alberta Lab RFP, FTC, LabMD Biodiagnostic Lab Services Guilty Pleas

ALBERTA PROVINCE MAY SOON BID $3 BILLION CLINICAL LAB CONTRACT NEWS LEAKED ON SEPTEMBER 19 that Alberta Health Services (AHS) is preparing to issue a request for proposal (RFP) to select a company to build a state-of-the clinical laboratory facility to serve Edmonton, Alberta, and the surrounding region. A news report published by the Edmonton …

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Medicaid Suits in Two States Accuse Quest, LabCorp of Fraud

RECENTLY TWO WHISTLEBLOWER LAWSUITS, each alleging Medicaid fraud by Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Laboratory Corporation of America, have become public knowledge. One case is in Virginia and the other case is in Georgia. Both lawsuits were filed by Hunter Laboratories, LLC, of Campbell, California, and its CEO Chris Riedel. Both lawsuits involve charges of alleged …

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Attention Pathologists: Change Is Coming!

IT’S BEEN A BUSY FOUR WEEKS for your editor at THE DARK REPORT. He has traveled to meetings, conducted site visits at a variety of large and small companies serving clinical labs and pathology groups, and even participated in strategic planning sessions for some labs and industry vendors. I asked my colleague to tell me …

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Walgreens To Go National with Lab Tests in Stores

CEO SUMMARY: A disruptive innovation is one that shakes up an entire market or industry. By adding clinical lab testing to its health services offerings in more than 8,100 stores nationwide, Walgreens could disrupt the status quo in the clinical lab industry. Walgreens says its lab partner will offer testing at prices that are less …

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Theranos Won’t Discuss Disruptive Lab Technology

CEO SUMMARY: In a partnership with Walgreens pharmacies, Theranos Inc. announced that it will run clinical lab tests on “micro-samples” and collect these blood samples without venipuncture. Even as Theranos touts the patient-friendly benefits of its proprietary diagnostic technology, it has provided no information about the science that supports this testing and the clinical validations …

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Newsmaker Interview: Adam Slone, Tara Kochis

“When it comes to hiring senior leaders, labs today are more diligent in recruiting and interviewing candidates for key executive and management positions. One reason for this change is the shrinking financial margins at most labs.” —Adam Slone, Founder, Slone Partners CEO SUMMARY: There is a clear shift in the hiring practices of clinical labs …

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CMS Ready To Hack Away at Cost of Lab Testing

CEO SUMMARY: In July, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published three proposed rules which would allow it to act independently of Congress to set prices for clinical laboratory testing and pathology services. Analyses of these proposed rules indicate that they would substantially reduce reimbursement paid to labs and pathologists under existing …

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CMS Proposes Yet More Cuts for 2014, Beyond

CEO SUMMARY: In July, CMS proposed rules to cut payments under the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System, the Physician Fee Schedule, and the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. Under each program, the proposed payment cuts could have a significant and negative effect on the amount of payments that laboratories receive from Medicare. Two of the proposals …

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CMS’ Proposed Lab Rules May Not Fly with Congress

CEO SUMMARY: Many clinical lab administrators have noticed the new activism at the federal Centers for Medicare Medicaid Services (CMS) when it comes to control of establishing prices for clinical laboratory tests. In this exclusive interview, two long-time advocates for the National Independent Laboratory Association discuss several of the issues associated with the three proposed …

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