Issue: Volume XXI No. 17 - December 15, 2014

The Curious Case of Dr. Cockerill, Mayo Clinic and Quest Diagnostics

MOST PEOPLE WOULD CONSIDER the job of Chairman of the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology (DLMP) at Mayo Clinic and CEO of Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) to be at the pinnacle of the pathology profession. This makes it all the more curious as to why pathologist Franklin R. Cockerill III, M.D., decided to announce …

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More Genetic Counseling Leads to Fewer Lab Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Cigna was the first national health insurer to require independent board-certified genetic counseling before approving coverage for certain genetic tests. Since launching this program in September 2013, the insurer has seen a 450% increase in genetic counseling for Cigna members. Such counseling has helped to reduce utilization of genetic testing because informed patients understand that a genetic test might not …

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December 15, 2014 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

In certain respects, the noted physician and healthcare strategist Eric Topol, M.D., of Scripps Healthcare in La Jolla, California, can be considered a gadfly to pathology and the laboratory medicine profession. In his latest pronouncements on patient-centered healthcare, he warned clinical labs about the need to stay ahead of the technology wave that is transforming …

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Preparing the Next Generation of Lab Leaders

ACROSS THE LAB TESTING INDUSTRY, individual labs are caught in a serious conundrum. On one hand, the ongoing transformation of healthcare and the erosion of lab test revenues are putting the financial squeeze on a large number of clinical labs and pathology groups. On the other hand, at the very moment this is happening, the …

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