Issue: Volume XVIII No. 3 - February 28, 2011

Low Lab Test Prices and Uninsured Patients

LOW PRICES FOR CLINICAL LABORATORY TESTS ARE CAUSING PROBLEMS for labs in California and Ohio. In this issue of THE DARK REPORT, you will learn about both situations. The California situation has gotten lots of play, but the Ohio situation is breaking news. In California, both the California Attorney General and the Department of Health …

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Helping Uninsured Access Affordable Lab Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Here’s an innovative way to help uninsured and underinsured patients gain access to affordably priced laboratory tests. In Akron, Ohio, physicians organized a partnership between the Summit Country Medical Society and PrePaidLab, LLC, to offer laboratory tests at prices that are comparable to Medicare. Everything worked well until CNN broadcast a laudatory story …

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How One Akron Physician Helped Uninsured Patients

CEO SUMMARY: For one primary care physician, treating uninsured and underinsured patients was challenging, since these patients could not afford to pay for the lab tests necessary for their healthcare. This physician enlisted the help of his local county medical society and eventually found an Internet-based lab test company and a physician office laboratory (POL) …

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Pennsylvania Lab Earns ISO 15189 Accreditation

CEO SUMMARY: Clinical laboratories often promote themselves as being able to deliver quality results. But simply saying so is not the same as having an outside organization audit the laboratory to accredit its analytical processes and its other operational activities. NMS Labs in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, pursued accreditation to ISO 15189 Medical Laboratories to gain …

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Continuing Uncertainty For California Lab Firms

CEO SUMMARY: In its ongoing initiative to determine if clinical labs in California have violated the lowest-price regulation, the California Department of Health Care Services is preparing to send out revised letters to as many as 300 laboratory companies in the state. The letters will ask the labs to conduct a self-audit and send the …

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Judge Rules Against FTC In Westcliff Laboratory Case

IN A COURT RULING THAT WENT AGAINST the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) last week, Laboratory Corporation of America may have moved one step closer to completing its acquisition of Westcliff Medical Laboratories, Inc., of Santa Ana, California. On February 22, 2011, Judge Andrew Guilford of the U.S. District Court for Central California, denied the FTC’s …

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Seeking Market Clout, Labs Form Networks

CEO SUMMARY: Meet “Test Exchange Networks!” These are shared laboratory testing networks that have spontaneously appeared in different communities across the nation. Typically two or more local laboratories come together and begin to collaborate by sharing any number of resources. These collaborative networks can include community hospital laboratories, local pathology group practices, and even physicians’ …

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February 28, 2011 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

In recent months, deficiencies in forensic pathology have made news in both the United States and Canada. In a story released February 5, 2011, on CaliforniaWatch.com, reporter Ryan Gabrielson wrote that “Coroners in Northern California are farming out thousands of cases each year to a private firm whose doctors have dissected the wrong body and …

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