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Healthcare Fraud Cases Include Decades-Long Cases of Deceit

Healthcare fraud cases continue to receive harsh penalties from the federal government as indicated in the case of a California clinical laboratory owner and her husband who attempted to defraud the government of millions of dollars. Lourdes Navarro and husband Imran Shams attempted to defraud ins…

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Pandemic Helped Lab with Hospital Leaders

CEO SUMMARY: Growth at Atrium Health during the COVID-19 pandemic elevated its clinical laboratory’s profile with medical leaders and health system administrators. What followed was a new spirit of collaboration that led to lab involvement in cost savings efforts, such as improved…

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You Asked for It. We Organized It.

DESPITE THE EASING OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN RECENT MONTHS, a pre-pandemic normal does not yet exist—if it ever will. Currently, most clinical laboratories, particularly those serving hospitals and health systems, are under the most intense pressure seen in decades….

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News and Insights from AACC Meeting in Chicago

CEO SUMMARY: There was plenty of positive energy last month when the 72nd Annual Scientific Meeting and Exhibition of the American Association of Clinical Chemistry (AACC) took place in Chicago. Attendees seemed pleased to be gathering and networking in person. However, there was re…

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New Trends Reshaping Healthcare, Lab Testing

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February 22, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Scopio Labs, a medical imaging company in Tel Aviv, recently landed $50 million in Series C venture capital funding as it moves to more fully enter the clinical laboratory market, TechCrunch reported on Feb. 9. Scopio has developed a scanner that can magnify a whole blood sample by 100 …

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Congress Votes: No PAMA Price Cuts for 2022

IT’S WELCOME NEWS THAT CONGRESS VOTED EARLIER THIS MONTH to defer the PAMA price cuts to the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) that were scheduled to take place in 2022. This is a positive development for the finances of the nation’s clinical labs, particularly the smaller, independent labs t…

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December 20, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

In Europe, Switzerland-based Unilabs will be acquired by a Danish company. Unilabs owns laboratories in at least 11 European countries and posted revenue of €2 billion euros (US $2.26 billion) in the financial year ending September. The seller is Apax Partners, a private equity compan…

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Many Patients in United Kingdom Not Getting Speedy Diagnosis

RECENT NEWS REPORTS IN THE UNITED KINGDOM indicate that the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the ongoing problem of lengthy delays in diagnosis of patients within the National Health Service (NHS). This is particularly true of delays for patients waiting on results of their cancer tests….

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Pandemic Complicates Sales for Lab Info System Companies

HEALTHCARE INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) COMPANIES serving clinical laboratories and providers with laboratory information systems (LISs) and electronic health records (EHRs) shared recent financial reports on their businesses.  It is challenging to obtai…

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