Issue: Volume XXIV No. 5 - April 3, 2017

April 3, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

For readers with a continuing interest in Theranos, the latest development at the troubled lab testing company involves an offer by Founder and CEO, Elizabeth Holmes, to its current shareholders. Various news outlets report that, for existing shareholders who agree not to sue Theranos, Holmes would give them two shares she currently owns for each …

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Is CMS Manipulating Data to Increase Medicare Fee Schedule Cuts?

This is an excerpt from a 2,150-word article in the April 3, 2017, issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers, and available at all times to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Every laboratory in the United States is watching how the federal …

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Will Medicare Lab Test Fee Cuts Happen in 2018?

CLINICAL LABORATORIES THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES ARE BRACING for what Medicare officials say will be fee cuts of $400 million in 2018 alone, followed by additional cuts that will total $5.4 billion over 10 years. Of great concern to community laboratories, small and rural hospitals, and physician office laboratories is that the federal Centers for …

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Texas Lawmakers Asked to Stop UHC and BeaconLBS

CEO SUMMARY: In a letter to the Texas Legislature, 20 Texas medical societies say UnitedHealthcare’s BeaconLBS program would be detrimental to patient care. The Texas Medical Association and the Texas Society of Pathologists said they were concerned that the program increases the administrative burden on referring physicians, takes away a physicians’ right to choose a …

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ARUP Laboratories Earns CAP’s ISO 15189 Accreditation

CEO SUMMARY: Being accredited to this internationally recognized standard for quality and competence communicates to clients and prospective clients that one of the nation’s largest clinical labs is committed to the highest standards of quality. Clients already knew about that commitment but now have definitive proof, ARUP said. Also, lab administrators believed that gaining accreditation …

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Bostwick Labs Enters Bankruptcy, Popular Healthcare Makes a Bid

BANKRUPTCY IS THE LATEST CHAPTER in the business story of uropathologist David G. Bostwick, MD. On March 15, Bostwick Laboratories Inc. filed for Chapter 11 protection with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware. That same day, Poplar Healthcare, LLC, a specialty lab company in Memphis, agreed to buy the lab company in …

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Medicare Demands Force PGx Lab into Bankruptcy

CEO SUMMARY: It’s becoming a familiar story. In Houston, a pharmacogenomics lab company started strong in 2011, then payments dropped sharply when Medicare issued restrictive new guidelines for PGx testing. Next, the Medicare administrative contractor handling the claims of CompanionDx Reference Lab canceled the lab’s registry and stopped paying most Medicare claims. In the wake …

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