Issue: Volume XXV No. 8 - May 29, 2018

Did National Labs Sign Value-based Payer Contracts?

IT IS AN IMPORTANT SIGN OF THE TIMES when press releases about the two new national lab services agreements that UnitedHealthcare just announced with Laboratory Corporation of America and Quest Diagnostics emphasize how value-based programs will be an important element in the health insurer’s relationships with the two national lab companies. In fact, the joint …

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Why Lab Companies Buy Bankrupt Rural Hospitals

CEO SUMMARY: Seeking the higher lab-test payment rates that insurers pay hospital labs, some lab testing companies are buying rural, financially-struggling hospitals in what may be the latest twist on the pass-through billing strategy that certain lab testing firms have found to be lucrative in recent years. Currently, two lab companies are seeking to buy …

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Big Insurers Seek Value-Based Deals with LabCorp, Quest

IT’S THE END OF AN ERA for the strategy of being the exclusive national lab provider for a major health insurer. Last week, the two largest clinical laboratory companies announced that the 10-year-old exclusive lab testing deals each had with a different big health insurer had crumbled. In 2007, Laboratory Corporation of America locked up …

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Near Real-time Data Helps Lab Save $500K Annually

CEO SUMMARY: After hospital labs and pathology groups implement Lean and process improvement methods to harvest the easiest cost savings and boost quality, they often take the next step of introducing real-time analytics systems. Access to detailed data about workflows, productivity, and turnaround times then drives continuous improvement projects. At St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical …

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WSJ Reporter Tells All About Downfall of Troubled Theranos

CEO SUMMARY: While Theranos was a darling of the business and national media, Wall Street Journal reporter John Carreyrou was hearing troubling reports about patients who got incongruent lab results that put them at risk for inappropriate medical treatments. His investigation of Theranos and its celebrated founder, Elizabeth Holmes, revealed that the company’s much-touted lab …

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How Many Patients Were Harmed at Theranos?

CEO SUMMARY: Reporting in The Wall Street Journal shows that some physicians in Arizona were concerned about the harm from erroneous test results from Theranos Inc. But those physicians who expressed concern may have been only a small set of the number of physicians who were worried about patient harm. After reviewing the concerns about …

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In HDL Case, Judge Imposes Damages, Penalties of $114 Million

LAST WEEK, A FEDERAL JUDGE in South Carolina issued an order imposing civil damages and penalties of more than $114 million on Tonya Mallory, the former CEO of Health Diagnostic Laboratory, in Richmond, Va., and two owners of the lab’s marketing partner, BlueWave Healthcare Consultants Inc. The damages and penalties were imposed on the defendants …

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May 29, 2018 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Ireland is dealing with a cervical cancer screening scandal that reaches back to laboratories in the United States. In recent months, the Irish public has learned that more than 200 women wrongly got negative Pap test results over a multi-year period. Many of these women did not learn of the erroneous test results for years after …

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