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Ransomware Attacks Target Vulnerable Healthcare Providers

This is an excerpt of a 1,923-word article in the May 24, 2021 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Both malware and ransomware have been around for a number of years. But the attacks launched today …

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Predicting Future Demand for COVID-19 Testing

CEO SUMMARY: After 15 months of the pandemic, the nation’s clinical laboratories are at an interesting crossroads. Is the COVID-19 outbreak diminishing and close to disappearing? Or might it intensify again, particularly when the traditional influenza season arrives next fall? The…

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Ransomware Attackers Target Health Providers

CEO SUMMARY: Both malware and ransomware have been around for a number of years. But the attacks launched today against healthcare providers are more sophisticated and better at achieving the total shutdown of targeted hospitals, doctor groups, and clinical laboratories. For this re…

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Preparing Your Lab for Post-Pandemic Success

MOST OF US WOULD CONSIDER IT GOOD NEWS that the number of Americans vaccinated continues to grow even as the daily number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths has fallen since its peak last winter.  Data from USAFacts.com, a website developed by teams…

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BioReference Labs to Use Gestalt for Digital Pathology

ONE OF THE NATION’S LARGEST CLINICAL LABORATORIEScis moving forward with plans to expand its use of digital pathology and whole-slide imaging. On Mar. 30, it was announced that BioReference Laboratories, Inc. would move forward with Gestalt Diagnostics’ PathFlow digital pathology solu…

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Lab Briefs

Lighthouse Lab Services Acquires Vachette Pathology Last month, it was announced that Lighthouse Lab Services of Charlotte, N.C., had acquired Vachette Pathology of Sylvania, Ohio. Price and terms of the acquisition were not d…

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UnitedHealthCare’s New Policy Further Narrows Its Lab Network

UNITEDHEALTHCARE’S (UHC) RECENT MOVE to designate certain clinical and anatomic pathology laboratories as Designated Diagnostic Providers appears to be yet one more way that the insurer is narrowing its network. Effective July 1, 2021, and subject to st…

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Restitution and Guilty Plea in Two Lab Fraud Cases

CEO SUMMARY: In one case, owners and a sales rep agreed to pay restitution totaling almost $10 million. In the second case, three defendants pled guilty to federal charges involving payment or receipt of kickbacks and illegal inducements. A fourth defendent in this second case, a ph…

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Hospitals Say New UHC Policy on Lab Network Is Anticompetitive

IT’S NOT OFTEN THAT HOSPITAL ASSOCIATIONS WILL DIRECTLY OPPOSE the changes that health insurers want to make in how they pay for clinical laboratory tests. But that is now happening with UnitedHealthcare’s new lab test payment policy that directly reduces what many hospital labs are paid fo…

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SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sequencing Creates New Opportunities for Labs

This is an excerpt of a 2,964-word article in the February 8, 2021 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Variants of the COVID-19 virus are appearing across the world. Recent data show the same variants wil…

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