CEO SUMMARY: Seeing the changes overtaking pathology practices, Brazos Valley Pathology decided to sell two of its group practices to Aurora Diagnostics. Last month’s transaction was not designed to fix financial problems nor was it because of retiring pathologists. Rather, it was done proactively to ensure that BVP’s 11 pathologists had access to the resources of a larger pathology organization so that they could expand or add technology as needed in the future, while practicing independently.
Month: August 2015
California is always in the forefront of states doing innovative things. It announced a public-private effort to develop a clinical lab- oratory assay that “will enable detection of all known pathogens with a single DNA sequencing test, to diagnose acute infections in hospitalized patients.”
CEO SUMMARY: Clinical labs are beginning to make the transition from a volume-based financial model to a model based on value-based payments. To survive this transition, labs must find ways to create value. The lab at Henry Ford Health System has identified 10 ways that it can contribute more value to physicians and its parent health system. One way is to help eliminate needless tests and processes. Other initiatives involve improving supplier processes, helping to reduce patient length of stay, creating a lab test formulary, and demonstrating the financial efficacy of all lab interventio
LAST WEEK, A CALIFORNIA JUDGE APPROVED the settlement of a lawsuit that claimed Quest Diagnostics Incorporated had violated a state law that forbids selling services (in this case, lab testing) below cost.
CEO SUMMARY: Taken collectively, the growing number of federal investigations of lab companies and health insurer lawsuits against lab companies alleging fraudulent business practices signals a disturbing new trend for the lab industry. In THE DARK REPORT’s typical hard-hitting analysis of an emerging clinical laboratory trend, it is noted that while these allegations are leveled at just a handful of …
ONE OF THE NATION’S LONGEST-RUNNING LAB OUTREACH JOINT VENTURES involving a public lab company and a major hospital came to a quiet end on June 30. That’s the day when United/Dynacare Laboratories, LLC, ceased to exist.
CEO SUMMARY: Taken collectively, the growing number of federal investigations of clinical lab companies and health insurer lawsuits against lab companies alleging fraudulent business practices signals a disturbing new trend for the lab industry. Although these allegations are leveled at just a handful of lab companies, the amount of money these labs took out of the system exceeds a billion dollars. Some experts expect payers will enact tough requirements to stop such abuses.
CEO SUMMARY: In an unusually strong move, health insurer Cigna is auditing laboratories, including some labs that do toxicology testing. In these audits, the health insurer seeks documentation that the testing is medically necessary and that the laboratories are collecting copayments and deductibles from patients before Cigna pays the labs for the toxicology test claims. A lawyer working on these cases says that tactic may violate some state prompt-payment laws.
IN THE 2000S, DIGITAL PATHOLOGY WAS THE HOT NEW TECHNOLOGY that held great potential to transform anatomic pathology in myriad ways, not the least of which was an essential tool to streamline pathologist workflow while supporting greater diagnostic precision. Yet today, approximately 10 years later, those high hopes for the digital pathology market have not …
CEO SUMMARY: In California, a gene testing firm is increasing satisfaction among patients and physicians with a tool that provides patients with an estimate of the anticipated cost—before the physician orders a test! By providing transparency about the cost of tests upfront, Counsyl of South San Francisco increased revenue collected from patients by 63%, while also improving its customer satisfaction scores. This innovative online cost estimator tool is an example of how labs can deliver services that complement their lab tests and help them move “from volume to value.”