Issue: Volume XXVI No. 3 - February 25, 2019

Wisconsin Provides Peek at Pathology’s Future

BIGGER PATHOLOGY GROUPS AND METROWIDE OR STATEWIDE COVERAGE will be major characteristics in the anatomic pathology profession as healthcare continues to transform in new ways. That is why the reasons for the substantial growth in case volume and revenue at North Shore Pathologists (NSP) in Milwaukee should be studied by pathology groups everywhere. It was a …

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Respected Lab Exec Found Dead in Triple Homicide

CEO SUMMARY: Police and the district attorney have released few details about the murders of well-known clinical laboratory executive Richard Nicholson, his wife, and a family friend. The crimes were committed in Nicholson’s home in Newport Beach, Calif., and 27-year old Camden Nicholson, the family’s youngest son, was arrested as the prime suspect in this …

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PAMA Price Cuts Reduce Revenue at LabCorp, Quest

This story was updated from the original on March 27, 2019, and includes corrected information in three places. CEO SUMMARY: In their respective earnings reports for the fourth quarter and the full year of 2018, executives at both Laboratory Corporation of America and Quest Diagnostics told financial analysts that the Medicare fee cuts of 2017 …

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Patient Care Focus Helps Path Group Win Contract

CEO SUMMARY: When Ascension Wisconsin wanted one pathology group to serve its needs statewide, North Shore Pathologists responded to the request for proposal by focusing on how pathologists can improve patient care through a patient-centered model. Other pathology groups responded with proposals that emphasized the financial aspects of the relationship. Focusing on patient care won …

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Pathologist’s Errors Associated with 12 Deaths at Arkansas VA

IN AN UPDATE TO A CASE REPORTED LAST YEAR, the investigation at the Arkansas Veterans Heath Care System of the Ozarks and the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Fayetteville, Ark., now shows that as many as 12 veterans died as a result of this one pathologist’s errors, according to a report by Arkansas KFSM 5 …

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For Labs, Blockchain Offers New Opportunities

CEO SUMMARY: Some of blockchain’s proponents view its potential uses in health information technology to combat cybersecurity threats and improve the secure exchange of health information through electronic medical record systems. But for clinical laboratories, blockchain could be the key to improve payment processes and help eliminate errors in payment and allowed amounts. In theory, …

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Northwell Health Builds Two Big Lab Facilities

CEO SUMMARY: At Northwell Health, the clinical laboratory team has been busy building and opening two new, large laboratory facilities. First to open was the lab in Little Neck, Queens, a shared lab with NYC Health and Hospitals. This lab will handle 36 million tests annually. The second lab to open is Northwell’s new core …

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Pathology Firm Pays $63M to Settle Qui Tam Case

CEO SUMMARY: Inform Diagnostics, formerly Miraca Life Sciences, settled the federal qui tam case while denying wrongdoing. The $63.5 million settlement will by paid by the former owner, Miraca Holdings, a Japanese company. The federal Department of Justice alleged that the company—then known as Miraca Life Sciences—violated the False Claims Act by engaging in what …

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February 25, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Quest Diagnostics sold its clinical laboratory business in India last December, thus ending a 12-year effort to build a thriving business in that nation of 1.3 billion people. The buyer was Strand Life Sciences of Bengaluru, India. The transaction was announced in a press release issued by Quest Diagnostics and no purchase price was disclosed. MORE …

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