Issue: Volume XXIV No. 15 - October 30, 2017

To Add Value, Focus on Patient Care

FOR THE PAST SEVERAL YEARS, and particularly since Congress passed the Patient Access to Medicare Act in 2014, clinical labs have focused on controlling costs, as they should. After all, PAMA calls for steep cuts in what the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will pay clinical labs beginning Jan. 1, 2018. (See TDRs, …

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LabCorp, Quest Open PSCs in Retail Stores

CEO SUMMARY: In the past year, both national laboratory companies have increased the number of patient service centers they operate in retail pharmacies and grocery stores. But these PSCs are not serving direct access testing (DAT) customers. Rather, early evidence indicates that patients are finding it more convenient to go to their nearby grocery stores …

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Lab Scheme Recruits Hospitals To Bill as In-Network Providers

CEO SUMMARY: Management companies using a new generation of potentially fraudulent schemes are targeting hospitals and health systems for arrangements that use questionable means to increase lab test volume and revenue. The management companies often use the term “hospital outpatient department (HOPD) billing model” to describe these arrangements. The scammers want the hospitals, as in-network …

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Some Labs Performing ADLTs May See Increased Medicare Fees

MIXED IN THE BAD NEWS concerning the proposed Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule for 2018, there is some good news regarding what the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposes to pay for certain advanced diagnostic tests. After analyzing the proposed fee schedule, Quorum Consulting of San Francisco, reported, as other analysts have concluded, that …

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Finally, Abbott Buys Alere to Become #1 in POCT

CEO SUMMARY: After nearly two years of legal battles, Abbott Laboratories’ acquisition of Alere concluded on Oct. 3. Despite antitrust requirements to divest several of Alere’s diagnostic businesses to Quidel and Siemens Healthineers, the merger makes Abbott the world’s largest provider of point-of-care testing systems. Hospitals and clinical laboratories buying POC products from Abbott and …

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October 30, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

In a development that has implications for medical laboratories in developed nations, healthcare organizations in Africa have launched a “landmark electronic referral project” to digitally track workers who travel to South Africa to work in the mining industry. The project is being administered by TIMS (TB in the Mining Sector in South Africa). This digital medical …

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