The Dark Report

Interesting New Surprises for Lab Leaders

Unexpected and surprising things continue to happen in the clinical laboratory industry. You might consider that to be one unifying theme to the intelligence briefings we present in this issue of The Dark Report.  For example, a pathology lab company in New Jersey sued UnitedHealthcare (UHC) seeking payment for 46,400 molecular COVID- 19 test claims …

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Labcorp Now Using AI for Operations, Patient Care

CEO SUMMARY: In recent years, Labcorp invested significant sums to use artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies—often integrated with robotic systems—to improve work processes and gain real-time insights from vast amounts of data. In this exclusive interview, Lance Berberian, Labcorp’s Chief Information and Technology Officer, discussed several of the successes the lab company is having …

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XIFIN to Open New Office in South Carolina for Lab Billing

SINCE FEBRUARY, THE TOTAL NUMBER OF PEOPLE VACCINATED grew steadily even as the number of tests for COVID-19 declined sharply in the United States. But overall test volume has remained steady at 130% of pre-pandemic levels, said Brian Kemp, Vice President of Revenue Cycle Operations for XIFIN, a revenue-cycle management company for clinical laboratories. Such …

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Amazon Now Interested in Home Testing Services

CEO SUMMARY: In the past year, internet retailing giant Amazon has built sizeable clinical laboratories in the United States and the United Kingdom. Now it has regulatory clearance to sell a molecular COVID-19 test to consumers for home collection. Comments made in the past month by an Amazon spokesperson describe Amazon’s diagnostic testing activities as …

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July 6, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Did the SARS-CoV-2 virus infect people in the United States earlier than the first case diagnosed on Jan. 19, 2020? A newly-published study in Clinical Infectious Diseases, says there is evidence of COVID-19 infections in December 2019. The research team included scientists from the National Institutes of Health. The source of the specimens was the …

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Whistleblower Lab Manager Files Response to PerkinElmer Lawsuit

IN A DAVID-VERSUS-GOLIATH-LIKE BATTLE, perhaps the most unusual lawsuit in decades involving clinical laboratory operations and compliance is unfolding in a federal courthouse in California. In this case, a multi-billion-dollar in vitro diagnostics (IVD) company is suing a laboratory manager who was once in a leadership position at a lab the plaintiff company operated, and …

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MedPAC Advises Congress on Lab-Data Reporting

CEO SUMMARY: For years, the clinical lab industry has sought unsuccessfully to get the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to address the inequities in the payment formula CMS adopted after Congress passed the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA). In April, the lab industry received good news when the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission …

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