Issues Archive

The most complete archive of clinical and pathology lab industry news available, including issues from 1997 to the present.

Volume XXVII No. 3 – February 17, 2020

In this issue:

IT’S A TALE OF TWO LABS: One saw the handwriting on the wall and took steps to successfully stay in business by producing value-added outcomes. The other was forced to sell its outreach business to Quest Diagnostics. THE DARK REPORT outlines how each lab responded to pressures on their business to stay afloat. Also included in this issue are the details of how a manager of an opioid treatment center in Kentucky pleaded guilty recently to three counts under EKRA: soliciting a bribe, making a false statement, and attempting to tamper with evidence.

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Volume XXVII No. 2 – January 27, 2020

In this issue:

THE DARK REPORT EXAMINES how using cheap offshore billing companies might come back to bite clinical labs, which are turning to these companies to cut costs in an increasingly stressful business climate. Also in this issue is an insider look at how 33 industry groups came together to help get the Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries (LAB) Act passed, which will relieve some of the most onerous burdens imposed by Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2016.

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Volume XXVII No. 1 – January 6, 2020

In this issue:

WILL CLINICAL LABS BE EXCLUDED from the new proposed safe harbors under the Stark Act and the AKS? THE DARK REPORT analyzes the problem and also the warning that lies within CMS’ plans for revisions to the anti-fraud laws. Also in this issue are key health system strategies and lab objectives from inside the highly successful switch to value-based medicine at one hospital lab, which was once considered a candidate for sale.

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Volume XXVI No. 17 – December 16, 2019

In this issue:

THE MOST IMPORTANT STORY OF THE YEAR is actually 10 stories. THE DARK REPORT delivers a must-read overview of a turbulent 2019 that delivered mostly bad news, but also some opportunities for those with nimble management feet. Also, in Part 2 of our report on lawsuits filed in federal court against the two national labs, an insider-turned-whistleblower makes revealing allegations about the internal policies governing charging high prices to the uninsured patient.

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Volume XXVI No. 16 – November 25, 2019

In this issue:

UNDERREPORTED BUT CRITICAL TRENDS dominate this issue of THE DARK REPORT. In one, the evidence shows that ICD-10 codes’ richer data are now giving payers brand new opportunities to reject lab payment claims or even try to claw back payments already made. Also, lawsuits alleging that the Blood Brothers are overcharging uninsured patients might actually be an opportunity for labs to be more competitive with the big national labs.

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Volume XXVI No. 15 – November 4, 2019

In this issue:

THE DARK REPORT DETAILS THE NEW CMS RULE targeting Medicare fraudsters that could entrap clinical labs and pathology groups. At the same time, attorneys outline ways for labs to navigate this new minefield and avoid problems. Also, an expert details six different ways that labs can use their valuable data — without selling it — to improve patient care and lower healthcare costs, with new revenue streams as a bonus.

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Volume XXVI No. 14 – October 14, 2019

In this issue:

ALL LABORATORIANS must take heed of the disruptive new trends in the healthcare industry, which will affect the way patients, doctors, labs, payers and others interact with each other. Also, THE DARK REPORT explains how a genetic testing fraud, recently the target of federal prosecutors, was executed by the alleged perpetrators.

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Volume XXVI No. 13 – September 23, 2019

In this issue:

A MAJOR HEALTH NETWORK is addressing the opioid crisis: Community Health Network of Indianapolis recognized that clinical lab toxicology tests are one of the few sources of objective data about patient compliance, and is using that data in its new Chronic Opioid Therapy program. This first-time intelligence briefing on such a program also includes insights about lessons learned and discusses how offering additional analytical reports and services add value to the health network’s COT patient management program.

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Volume XXVI No. 12 – September 3, 2019

In this issue:

SOME PATHOLOGISTS AND LAB EXECUTIVES find the FDA’s latest actions regarding pharmacogenetic testing confusing, unclear and beyond the FDA’s authority. Other observers note that the FDA does indeed have a legitimate concern. THE DARK REPORT examines both sides of this controversy. Also reported is the opinion of respected pathology consultants that the result of deep fee cuts by Anthem to some anatomic pathology services will harm patients.

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Volume XXVI No. 11 – August 12, 2019

In this issue:

THE DARK REPORT TAKES A DEEP DIVE into the alleged lab fraud case against True Health Diagnostics, which has seen its CMS reimbursement completely cut off, leading the company to file for bankruptcy. The details will help laboratory management understand how a single case of alleged lab fraud affects all labs. Also, TDR is the only lab news source to report on how the leaders of some physician specialties are criticizing Anthem for cutting anatomic pathology professional fees by as much as 70% in states across the nation.

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