Issue: Volume IV No. 3 - February 17, 1997

New York Laboratories Discover New Power

For those of you following the story of New York’s new surcharge on clinical laboratory tests, there is a great lesson to be learned. It is a lesson in the extensive power possessed by clinical laboratories. After New York’s hospital finance reform law passed the legislature last summer, lab industry representatives spoke with state legislators, …

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Unilab Pushes Insurers To Increase Cap Rates

CEO SUMMARY: California’s financially destructive capitation rates plunged two more laboratories into bankruptcy. Unilab’s actions indicate that even the largest laboratory company in the state can no longer survive without reimbursement relief. The question remains as to whether managed care plans will agree to pay more for laboratory testing. INDICATIONS ARE THAT CAPITATED RATES for …

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Differing Views About Capitation Rate Trends

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory executives in California believe that capitated rates for laboratory services in the state may soon increase. But no one knows for sure, and no documentation about specific capitation rates for newly signed laboratory services contracts has yet to become public. COMBINING BRAVADO AND BLUFF in one move, Unilab Inc.’s letter-writing blitz to …

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New York Labs Sue State To Overturn Surcharge

CEO SUMMARY: With the new laboratory test surcharge in place since January 1, 1997, clinical laboratories already see negative financial effects. Administration and collection of the tax is a nightmare. Some managed care companies moved swiftly to reduce reimbursement to laboratories in order to offset the financial impact of this new surcharge on their company. …

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An Industrial Engineer Looks At Laboratory Automation And Robotics

EDITOR’S INTRODUCTION: Last fall, Mark Smythe’s four-part DARK REPORT series about the thirteen “Perilous Parallels” common to commercial laboratory managers provoked widespread response among our clients and readers. We’ve invited him back to address management issues involving laboratory automation and robotics. As an industrial engineer with 35 years experience at some of America’s best-run companies, …

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Second War College Set For New Orleans In May

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory consolidation and networking activity continues to intensify. This year’s War College faculty features exceptional stories about what works and what doesn’t. New Orleans is the place to be on May 20-21 for proactive laboratory administrators and pathologists seeking to give their organization a competitive advantage. WHEN THE SECOND EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE convenes …

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“February 17, 1997 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Meris Laboratories of San Jose, California settled government claims of Medicare and MediCal fraud with an agreement to pay $5.2 million. The announcement, on February 12, closes another whistleblower suit. MORE ON: Meris Labs… Besides the cholesterol and serum iron tests which are commonly involved in these settlements, Meris was also nailed for billing hemogram …

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