CEO SUMMARY: Among hospital administrators, the popular wisdom is that their clinical lab is a cost center. This thinking leads them to consider drastic cost-management strategies that include partnering with commercial labs to manage in-hospital lab testing and the outright sale of lab outreach programs. On the other side of this debate, innovative health system
Articles by Joseph Burns
IN TWO COUNTRIES, regulators concerned about a possible monopoly of technologies and instruments used in human gene sequencing apparently were a major reason why the $1.2 billion acquisition of Pacific Biosciences by Illumina Corporation will not happen.
The two companies announced the termination of the transaction just weeks after the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) ruled the deal
CEO SUMMARY: In a federal lawsuit against Laboratory Corporation of America, plaintiffs who were uninsured or underinsured charged the lab company with engaging in “business practices that trick and harass customers into paying excessive prices.” Plaintiffs made this and other claims in court documents alleging that LabCorp overcharged them by two to five and as
CEO SUMMARY: When CMS and the OIG issued proposed rules last fall to make it easier for providers to participate in value-based and coordinated care arrangements, they considered excluding clinical labs, pharma companies, and DME firms because of concerns that the proposed rules could promote lab test fraud. Now, labs will have to wait for
CEO SUMMARY: Health Network Laboratories cut costs and shortened lab test turnaround time by converting paper requisitions to digital data. It did so by scanning paper requisitions and having a vendor do the required data entry. This helped the lab reduce errors in its patient data. Using this paper-to-digital system allowed the lab to adopt
AFTER A PATIENT FILED A LAWSUIT against a pathologist at the University of Kansas Hospital for fraud and negligence in a case stemming from a misdiagnosis of cancer in 2015, details about a settlement in the case were sealed. Now, some details have come out.
Last month, NPR station KCUR in Kansas City reported that the
CEO SUMMARY: Two lawsuits filed in federal courts against Laboratory Corporation of America and Quest Diagnostics may have consequences for the entire lab industry. The plaintiffs are patients who allege that the two defendant lab companies charged them as much as 10 times more than what Medicare, Medicaid, or commercial health plans charged. Allegations include overcharging,
MAYBE CHARGING CONSUMERS THE LOW PRICE of $599 for a whole human genome sequence is not a winning financial strategy. That’s one possible reason why closely-watched Veritas Genetics of Cambridge, Mass., will stop operations in the United States.
It was in July that Veritas announced it was cutting its already-low price to sequence a genome from
CEO SUMMARY: There have been significant developments in the case against Quest Diagnostics for allegedly overcharging uninsured patients for clinical laboratory tests. This second section covers the federal judge’s most recent decisions, along with an assessment of how the plaintiffs and the defendent each received favorable rulings.
First of Two Parts: Section Two
IN THE FEDERAL LAWSUIT
CEO SUMMARY: Court documents filed in U.S. District courts in New Jersey and North Carolina provide details about how each of the two lab companies set lab test prices differently—as much as 10 times higher—for cash-paying patients than for patients who have Medicare, Medicaid, or commercial health insurance plans. In court filings, plaintiffs allege that