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In Florida, More Tests Added to UHC’s Decision-Support Program

IN THE FIRST BROAD EXPANSION OF ITS pilot decision-support program for clinical lab testing in Florida, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will add genetic and molecular tests, drug tests, and pathology procedures, among other assays starting in two months. On March 1, UHC will expand its labor…

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Is New Cycle of Fraud Plaguing Lab Industry?

CEO SUMMARY: Taken collectively, the growing number of federal investigations of clinical lab companies and health insurer lawsuits against lab companies alleging fraudulent business practices signals a disturbing new trend for the lab industry. Although these allegations are lev…

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More Genetic Counseling Leads to Fewer Lab Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Cigna was the first national health insurer to require independent board-certified genetic counseling before approving coverage for certain genetic tests. Since launching this program in September 2013, the insurer has seen a 450% increase in genetic counseling for Cigna …

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Eastern Canada’s Latest Lab Errors Get Attention

CEO SUMMARY: Authorities for Eastern Health in Newfoundland and Labrador province in Canada are conducting a root cause analysis after finding discrepancies in breast cancer testing that affected nine patients. Health officials said these cases were discovered as a result of an improved q…

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August 27, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

How big is the market for laboratory testing in China, with its 20,000 hospitals and population of 1.3 billion people? A new report estimates that the independent clinical laboratory industry in China currently generates about 2 billion Yuan Renminbi per year in revenue. This is equal to about US $31…

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June 13, 2011 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

In coming weeks, Agendia, probably best known for its genetic breast cancer test, hopes to complete an initial public offering (IPO). Agendia is a company based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands with offices in Irvine, California. Its stock symbol will be “AGDX” and the shares will t…

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Serious Problems Plague Newfoundland Laboratory

CEO SUMMARY: Newfoundland’s St. John laboratory was rocked by revelations in February that its cyclosporine testing was flawed, exposing patients to the harmful affects from inappropriately high doses of the immunosuppressant drug. Within weeks of this news, the Chief of Laboratory Medi…

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Beckman Coulter, Olympus, LabCorp, Anthem, WellPoint, Medtox, University of Toronto

BECKMAN COULTER REPORTS EARNINGS THAT INCLUDE OLYMPUS THERE WAS A BIG JUMP in fourth quarter revenue at Beckman Coulter Inc., of Brea, California, which increased by 22% over the previous year, to $989.6 million. This number included $120.2 million in reven…

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2009’s Top Ten Lab Stories Reflect Some Good, Bad

CEO SUMMARY: As the closing year of the first decade of the new century and the new millennium, 2009 brought neither disruption nor upheaval to the majority of laboratories in the United States. Rather, it was marked by at least two themes. One was how public disclosure of problems with l…

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August 31, 2009 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

These days, you hear plenty about Web 2.0 and how it is revolutionizing the way people use the Internet. Pathologist Keith Kaplan, M.D., at the Mayo Clinic uses the term “Pathology 2.0” to describe how use of Web 2.0 technology will similarly transform the anatomic pathology prof…

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