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Volume XXX, Number 16 - November 13, 2023

Healthcare Fraud Cases Include Decades-Long Cases of Deceit

Healthcare fraud cases continue to receive harsh penalties from the federal government as indicated in the case of a California clinical laboratory owner and her husband who attempted to defraud the government of millions of dollars. Lourdes Navarro and husband Imran Shams attempted to defraud insurances and government entities of $359 million during the COVID-19 …

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Machine Learning Poised to Give Clinical Labs New Capabilities

“One of the first questions I ask the laboratory team is ‘do you want to continue to be a factory or do you want to be a change agent in healthcare?’ They all answer that they want contribute to positive change.” —Michael Simpson CEO SUMMARY: Expanding on insights shared in part one of this two-part …

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How Certain Labs Can Crack into Health Plans’ Closed Networks

EDITOR’S NOTE: Our column, Virchow, is written by anonymous insiders working within the managed care world. The column aims to help clients of The Dark Report better understand the decisions, policies, and actions of payers as they manage their laboratory networks, establish coverage guidelines, process lab test claims, and audit labs. It’s possible that a …

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November 13, 2023, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Federal regulators recently confirmed that Dec. 4 remains the deadline for public comment on the proposed rule that the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) would use to regulate laboratory developed tests (LDTs). This was confirmed during a public webinar for the lab and in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry conducted by the FDA’s Center for …

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Forensic Pathologist Shortage Gets News Coverage

Pathologists are making headlines in several states, as well as nationally. But this time, the news is not about the shortage of surgical pathologists. Rather, it’s about the acute shortage of forensic pathologists. For example, ABC News reported last month that “Forensic pathologists in West Virginia are being asked to perform at least twice as …

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Whole Genome Sequencing for Newborns Gains Favor

CEO SUMMARY: Evidence is swiftly accumulating that use of rapid Whole Genome Sequencing (rWGS) for certain children in NICUs can enable diagnostic insights that guide effective interventions. Further, these pilot rWGS programs in childrens’ hospitals are showing a solid return on investment because of improved care. It is predicted that more hospitals may soon offer …

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Q3 2023 Financial Reports Show Growth at Labcorp, Quest

Blood brothers Labcorp and Quest Diagnostics showed momentum beyond COVID-19 testing and toward areas that grew base business revenue in their third quarter (Q3) 2023 financial reporting. Company leaders called attention to more partnerships and acquisitions of hospital laboratories and outreach lab services. Both companies also launched unique assays—such as blood tests for diagnosis of …

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