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Price Cuts, Long Delays in Payment Are Expected – December 31, 2012

CEO SUMMARY:  In addition to a steep cut in the 88305 CPT code, anatomic pathology laboratories can expect cuts in the payment from Medicare for molecular and prostate biopsy testing. Two national experts in lab billing and reimbursement warn labs to expect confusion in how both public and private payers implement these new policies. Overall,

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Pathology Consolidation Underway in Washington

CEO SUMMARY: Two regional pathology super-practices have emerged in Washington State. In each case, acquisitions and mergers are fueling the growth of the two large pathology groups. In Western Washington and the Seattle metro, CellNetix is the dominant pathology group, with 53 physicians. The sphere of influence for Incyte Diagnostics and its 40 pathologists is

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Catholic Health Initiatives Signs Pact with PAML

CEO SUMMARY: In concept, it is a simple deal. Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI), the nation’s second largest Catholic health system, is taking a 25% equity position in Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML). However, the consequences may be significant. PAML now has an open door to develop laboratory joint ventures with the 78 hospitals operated by

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New Pricing Formula for Advanced Diagnostic Tests

CEO SUMMARY: One section of the federal H.R. 4302: Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 is getting positive reviews from many lab experts. The law defines advanced diagnostic tests (ADTs) and directs CMS to assign a temporary HCPCS code and use list prices to pay labs for such tests while it is determining reimbursement

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PAML Joint Venture News from The Dark Report Intelligence

November 2, 2007
PAML and HCA Agree to Start New Lab Joint Venture in Utah
WHEN THE NEW LABORATORY JOINT VENTURE between MountainStar Healthcare Network of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) of Spokane, Washington, was announced on November 1, most people were not aware of an important fact. MountainStar Healthcare Network is

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New BlueCard Policies Affect Laboratory Test Claims

CEO SUMMARY: This new policy from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association (BCBSA) becomes effective on October 14, 2012. No longer can a local lab provide service to a member under the BlueCard program and be paid by the local plan in the region where the service was provided. Some regional BCBS plans have

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MT/MLT Distance Learning Goal of Collaboration: ARUP and Weber State team up to make it easier for interested lab staff to advance skills

CEO SUMMARY: To encourage more students to pursue medical technology (MT) and medical laboratory technician (MLT) degrees, ARUP Laboratories and Weber State University (WSU) are collaborating to promote the distance learning programs offered at WSU. Online students can work any shift and take courses anytime (day, night, or on weekends), thereby making education more accessible

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Low 2013 Molecular Rates May Bankrupt Some Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Many of the recently issued reimbursement rates for molecular diagnostic tests are inadequate and in fact are lower than the cost of running the tests, lab experts say. Smaller laboratories that specialize in developing and selling molecular tests could be forced to close. As many as 20 or more molecular labs operate in California

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Combining Lean with Lab Automation to Get Impressive Results – July 13, 2015

CEO SUMMARY: By combining total lab automation with Lean techniques in a comprehensive makeover of its microbiology lab, one of the largest labs providing hospital acute care and community microbiology services in North America achieved major benefits. Benefits ranged from improvements in lab result turnaround time and reduced errors to significant gains in staff productivity and the quality of

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