Issue: Volume XVIII No. 17 - December 19, 2011

Why Capitate Genetic and Molecular Test Prices?

HOW MANY OF YOU LIVED THROUGH THE DECADE OF THE 1990s and experienced the free fall in the prices managed care plans paid for clinical laboratory testing? In California—at the peak of this insanity—some lab companies offered full risk, capitated contracts for as low as 20¢ PMPM (per member per month)! Also during this decade, …

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ACLA Has its Say Regarding Molecular Dx Proposals

CEO SUMMARY: It is not known how many public comments have been submitted to Palmetto GBA, the big Medicare carrier, in response to its published proposals to change how code stacked claims for genetic and molecular tests will be handled, effective February 27, 2012, for labs in Medicare region J1. After filing its comments, the …

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LabCorp’s BeaconLBS Aims To Manage Genetic Tests

CEO SUMMARY: BeaconLBS is a new business created by Laboratory Corporation of America. It says it wants to help health insurance plans manage molecular diagnostics and genetic testing. BeaconLBS is now recruiting other clinical labs to join its network and is meeting with payers to offer its lab test pre-authorization services. What may make BeaconLBS …

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Allina Opens State-of-the-Art Central Laboratory Facility

THIS MONTH, THE NATION’S NEWEST “designed from scratch” clinical laboratory facility began operating in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the central laboratory of Allina Hospitals & Clinics and its design is rooted in Lean and similar process improvement and workflow principles. The $29 million new facility consolidates laboratories from 12 locations in five different Allina buildings …

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Considering Full versus Partial Adoption of Digital Pathology

CEO SUMMARY: Digital pathology is considered to be one of the more disruptive technologies now finding acceptance in anatomic pathology. Since founding Aperio Technologies, Inc., of Vista, California, in 1999, President Dirk G. Soenksen, M.S., M.B.A., has been in the forefront of this important trend. In part one of this two-part interview, Soenksen discussed the …

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Spectra Lab in Milpitas Accredits to ISO 15189

CEO SUMMARY: Spectra Laboratories, Inc., a renal-specific testing services company with labs in New Jersey and California, announced earlier this month that the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation awarded accreditation to ISO 1589 to its laboratory in Milpitas, California. It was in May 2010 when Spectra’s laboratory in Rockleigh, New Jersey, earned ISO 15189 accreditation. …

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December 19, 2011 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Expanded genetic testing for cancer patients in the United Kingdom is one goal of a new effort by the Stratified Medicine Programme at Cancer Research UK. Officials want to ensure that the right genetic tests are available to support use of new therapeutic drugs for different types of cancer. The project will start in Wales …

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