February 2017

PeaceHealth Outreach Laboratory Sells to Quest Diagnostics

This is an excerpt from a 1,471-word article in the February 21, 2017, issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers, and available at all times to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: In Oregon, one of the nation’s more successful and long-established health …

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University of Michigan Pathologists Bet on Patient-Centered Care

CEO SUMMARY: At the University of Michigan Medical Center, the Department of Pathology is learning new ways to add value that include face-to-face meetings with patients as part of UMMC’s patient- and family-centered care initiative. One lesson learned is that patients appreciate the opportunity to get a better understanding of the results from both anatomic …

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Clinical Labs Bidding Up Lab Director Salaries

CEO SUMMARY: There’s great news for pathologists and PhDs with expertise in molecular and genetic testing. Salaries are on the rise as more clinical labs build up their molecular and genetic testing programs and need talent to implement and supervise this activity. One experienced medical recruiter recently surveyed all the current pathology openings nationally. He …

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February 21, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Theranos, Inc., was in the news again recently. On Feb. 16, The Wall Street Journal reported that Theranos had just $200 million in cash. The information came from a conference call the discredited lab testing company conducted with its investors. During the call, Theranos officials also stated that the company had no material revenue during …

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PAMA Fee Cuts a Factor in Outreach Lab’s Sale

THROUGHOUT THE WORLD, THE UNITED STATES IS ENVIED for the quality and ready access to medical laboratory tests that it delivers to physicians and their patients. Yes, there are criticisms that healthcare costs too much in this country compared with costs in other nations. But few countries offer both convenient access to testing services and …

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PeaceHealth Labs Sold To Quest Diagnostics

CEO SUMMARY: In Oregon, one of the nation’s more successful and long-established health system outreach laboratories will cease to exist following its sale to Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. The seller explained that the Medicare Part B price cuts coming as a result of the PAMA market price reporting rule would result in a 20% revenue decline …

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PAMA Data Projections Led to Decision to Sell Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Following passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014, officials at PeaceHealth and PeaceHealth Laboratories began to model the financial effect this law would have on this long-established hospital lab outreach program. Based on projections of a 20% cut in revenue during the first two to three years of the Medicare …

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