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Insurers Sue To Challenge Pass-Through Bill Schemes

CEO SUMMARY: In two separate lawsuits filed in April, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) and Anthem each charged that drug testing companies used pass-through-billing schemes in ways the insurers say are fraudulent. UHC filed its lawsuit on April 18. One day later, on April 19, Blue Cross and Blue Sh…

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Understanding the Future Of Laboratory Medicine

CEO SUMMARY: Healthcare’s transformation is now far enough along that most clinical labs and pathology groups are either feeling the financial pain or are excitedly developing ways to deliver more value from lab testing services. On April 26-27, at the 21st annual …

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More AP Consolidation: Aurora Buys Two Groups

CEO SUMMARY: Seeing the changes overtaking pathology practices, Brazos Valley Pathology decided to sell two of its group practices to Aurora Diagnostics. Last month’s transaction was not designed to fix financial problems nor was it because of retiring pathologists. Rather, it …

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May 28, 2013 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News””

Globalization of laboratory medicine continues to move forward. Two recent examples illustrate this trend. Earlier this month, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) announced that it had entered into an agreement with the Citizens Hospital of Hyderabad, …

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Pathology Records Found At Massachusetts Dump

CEO SUMMARY: Pathologists at four Massachusetts hospitals got a powerful reminder recently that a breach of protected health information (PHI) can occur at any time for the most unexpected reason. Earlier this month, the Boston Globe reported that the pathology reports and patien…

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July 20, 2009 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Larry Siedlick resigned as CEO of Sunrise Medical Laboratories in Hauppauge, New York, effective June 30. It was 2007 when Siedlick and partner Pat Lanza sold their interest in the laboratory they founded back in 1972 to Sonic Healthcare, Ltd. Siedlick tells THE DARK…

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“September 12, 2005 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Integration of healthcare information is attracting major investments. On August 29, 2005, Per Se Technologies, Inc. and Wolters Kluwer NV announced that they would acquire NDCHealth Corp. They will pay $700 million and assume $270 million in debt. P…

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Analysis of OIG’s Opinion Shows Compliance Shift

CEO SUMMARY: Attorney Richard Cooper believes the latest Advisory Opinion by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) is consistent with its earlier anti-kickback law pronouncements about situations where a physician is in a position to profit from the patients he/she refers. Cooper also…

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MCOs Asking For More Lab Test Information

CEO SUMMARY: During the past 12 months, managed care companies in Michigan have increased the quantity and quality of the laboratory test information they want from their laboratory providers. Once again, the marketplace is raising the bar for competitive laboratory services. In response,…

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Innovative Approach Promises Integration of Clinical Lab Data

CEO SUMMARY: Any laboratory executive with several years in the business has confronted the limitations of laboratory information system (LIS) software. For a variety of reasons, LIS software seldom delivers the full range of benefits and cost-effectiveness sought by laboratories. But in …

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