Throughout the profession of laboratory medicine, concern is surfacing following publication of a proposed rule by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) that would expand the authority of Advanced Practice Registered Nurses (APRNs) to supervise and perform laboratory testing. This rule would expand APRNs’ authority, currently limited to ordering and interpreting lab tests. In an
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Like the Sword of Damocles of Greek myth, market price reporting by labs under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) continues to hang over the heads of the nation’s clinical laboratories. However, instead of a threat, PAMA market price reporting may soon become a reality. News reports indicate that, as of April 21, the White
Tougher times in the clinical lab testing market have claimed another lab company. On February 28, Artherotech, Inc., posted a notice on its website stating that it had closed permanently, as of that date. Along with its several hundred employees, Artherotech’s closure caught many lab executives by surprise. Founded in 1994, during the heyday of closed-panel
CEO SUMMARY: There’s a managed care contracting play-book that seems to be working better for Laboratory Corporation of America than it does for Quest Diagnostics Inc. On July 1, LabCorp became the exclusive national lab provider for Independence Blue Cross of Philadelphia. For the past seven years, this contract had been held by Quest Diagnostics.
CEO SUMMARY: To meet the financial challenges of healthcare today, clinical labs and pathology groups can follow the five classic lab rules of success. However, as noted by Stan Schofield, CEO of NorDx Laboratories in Scarborough, Maine, the “old school” methods need to be replaced by “new school” strategies. In this conclusion to a two-part
CEO SUMMARY: One of the biggest unknowns in the lab testing industry today is Theranos, the lab testing company based in Palo Alto, California. It says its proprietary technology is poised to transform the lab testing experience for patients and physicians. It says it can perform hundreds of lab tests, using a finger stick collection
CEO SUMMARY: Described by its CEO as “an information company that happens to do laboratory testing,” PeaceHealth Laboratories of Springfield, Oregon, is moving swiftly to develop and deliver value-added services to its client physicians. The lab’s goal is to help referring doctors achieve improved patient outcomes.
HEALTHCARE IS CHANGING RAPIDLY, and perceptive pathologists and laboratory directors
It is likely that the latest lab acquisition by Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc. (BRLI) is for the purpose of building its new Hispanic laboratory business, called Laboratorio Buena Salud. Earlier this month, BRLI announced an agreement to purchase Meridian Clinical Laboratory Corporation, located in Miami, Florida. It’s a small transaction, with a price of approximately $1.85 million.
CEO SUMMARY: Interest by office-based physicians in creating an in-clinic medical testing laboratory is on the increase. This has direct consequences for independent commercial labs, hospital lab outreach programs, and anatomic pathology groups, since office- based physicians are a primary source of lab test referrals. One consultant says that 60% to 70% of the volume
CEO SUMMARY: For one primary care physician, treating uninsured and underinsured patients was challenging, since these patients could not afford to pay for the lab tests necessary for their healthcare. This physician enlisted the help of his local county medical society and eventually found an Internet-based lab test company and a physician office laboratory (POL)