Month: December 2013

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December 23, 2013 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Saudi Arabia is the second country to embark on the goal of sequencing 100,000 human genomes. Earlier this month, the Saudi Human Genome Program was announced. Funding for the program, expected to take five years, will be provided by the Saudi Arabian national science agency. The first country to declare this goal was the United …

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LabCorp, Bio-Reference Labs, Epic, OHSU, Alberta Health

LABCORP, BRLI ISSUE REVISED GUIDANCE OF LOWER EARNINGS IN RECENT WEEKS, at least two public lab companies have issued downward earnings guidance for 2014. These changes are based, in part, on expected reimbursement reductions from the Medicare program. It was December 10 when Laboratory Corporation of America told investors that its full year 2013 earnings …

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Good Information Drives Good Decisions

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS DEMONSTRATE that a long-standing business adage remains as true today as when many of us first learned it decades ago. I am referring to the pithy piece of management wisdom often written as: “You need good information to make good decisions.” It is a trait held in common by well-run corporations and effective …

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2013’s Top Ten Lab Stories Point to Tougher Times

CEO SUMMARY: For 2013, the big story was money—or, more accurately, less money for providers. This was not limited to clinical labs and pathology groups, but was equally true of hospitals and physicians. In THE DARK REPORT’S annual lookback at the year’s 10 most important stories for the lab industry, the main theme is that …

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Study Reveals Medicare Already Pays Low Rates

CEO SUMMARY: Researchers studied a database containing laboratory test prices paid in 2012 on behalf of 56 million Americans covered by private health plans and determined that, for most tests, and in most regions, Medicare already pays less than private health insurers for clinical laboratory tests. There are exceptions, but the findings provide a credible …

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Tennessee BCBS Cuts Lab Fees to 52% of Medicare

CEO SUMMARY: Blue Cross Blue Shield of Tennessee has notified physicians that, starting January 1, it will reduce what it pays for lab testing to 52% of Medicare fees. Officials with the state medical association have been unable to get definitive answers to questions about what tests would be affected. Medicare officials have said consistently …

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ACLA, CAP Comment on Final 2014 Medicare Rules

CEO SUMMARY: On November 27, as the nation prepared for the Thanksgiving holiday, the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced the long-awaited final rules for 2014. Early analysis of the 1,300 pages of rules CMS released indicates that the agency moderated one of its proposals to cut back what pathologists and clinical …

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Lab Companies’ IPOs Go Two-for-Three in November

CEO SUMMARY: This fall, a parade of molecular and genetic test companies moved forward with initial public offerings (IPOs) of their stock. In September, Foundation Medicine raised $106 million from its IPO. Encouraged by this success, three different companies proceeded with IPOs during November. The IPOs of Veracyte and Oxford Immunotec raised $58 million and …

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Lab’s Patient-Centric Approach Collects Overdue Money in PSCs

CEO SUMMARY: At Sonora Quest Laboratories (SQL), the ‘Voice of the Customer’ is guiding the organization’s evolution from physician-centric to patient-centric. It was quickly recognized that an effective enterprise master patient index (EMPI) was essential. One patient-centric service that SQL is in the midst of deploying is the capability to collect overdue money owed it …

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