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Delay and Fix Is Message From Labs to Congress

CEO SUMMARY: Only a few months remain before the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services makes deep price cuts to Medicare Part B clinical laboratory test fees. Before those cuts go into effect, lab associations and lab professionals are educating members of Congress and the ne…

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NILA Asks Labs to Speak about PAMA Rule’s Flaws

CEO SUMMARY: In a call to action, the National Independent Laboratory Association is urging lab owners, lab managers, and pathologists to educate their members of Congress about the biases and deep flaws built into the final rule for PAMA market price reporting and how the rule will resul…

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Castlight Health’s Data Should Concern Lab Executives

CEO SUMMARY: Transparency tools, such as those from Castlight Health, help consumers see the significant variation in clinical laboratory test prices. In this analysis, THE DARK REPORT argues that lab executives and pathologists should recognize how two factors are poised to change the st…

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Opko Pays $1.47 Billion to Buy Bio-Reference Lab

CEO SUMMARY: It’s a case of the little fish gobbling the big fish, as Opko Health – with revenue of $91 million – will be acquiring Bio-Reference Laboratories, with revenue of $832 million. But the more interesting aspect of the story is that the CEO of Opko Health is a physi…

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MedLab CEO Discusses Changes in Lab Market

CEO SUMMARY: Two factors combined to cause executives at Laboratory Partners and its MedLab business division to file a Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition on October 25. One was the sustained and continuing cuts to lab test reimbursement. The other was the reluctance of Wall Street investors …

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Most Colorado Labs Now Connected to State’s HIE

CEO SUMMARY: One trend getting little publicity is that of health information exchanges (HIEs). Since its founding in 2009, the Colorado Regional Health Information Organization (CORHIO) has grown steadily. Today, most of the state’s independent lab companies and hospital laboratories a…

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Reporters & Investigators Target Fraud in Pain Management Market

PAIN MANAGEMENT IS COMING under increased scrutiny by law enforcement officials and government regulators. Even the national media have begun to notice the fraud and abuse that is rampant in this rapidly-expanding sector of healthcare. Many pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will welcome …

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At Kaiser Permanente, Real-Time Lab Results Are a Hit with Patients

CEO SUMMARY: Should patients be allowed to see their own lab test results when they are available to their physicians? Kaiser Permanente believes so. Since 2005, Kaiser Permanente has given members real-time access to most laboratory test results in their personal health record (PHR) on w…

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Are Prosecutors Afraid of Big and Little Lab Firms?

CEO SUMMARY: Settlements in the big whistleblower suits involving major lab companies typically generate national headlines. But seldom do the views of the “quiet majority” of lab owners and lab executives get much attention. These are the majority of lab professionals workin…

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POC Testing Plays Role In Penna. Patient’s Death

CEO SUMMARY: In the report by the Pennsylvania Department of Health on the death of a patient at Lehigh Valley Hospital, it was noted that the clinical staff failed to notice discrepancies between results from point-of-care (POC) tests at the bedside and lab test results from blo…

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