CEO SUMMARY: Many independent laboratories serving patients in Florida are unhappy about the decision by UnitedHealth (UNH) to initiate a pilot program that calls for LabCorp’s BeaconLBS subsidiary to handle prior authorization for certain lab tests. UNH’s laboratory benefit management program will commence on October 1, 2014. Just 13 laboratories are currently listed as network
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TWO MORE PATHOLOGY GROUPS gave up their independence in recent weeks. Both groups were acquired byAurora Diagnostics of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.
Early in June, Aurora announced the acquisition of Mid-Atlantic Pathology Services, Inc. (MAPS), of Sterling, Virginia. MAPS has four pathologists and serves physicians in Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C. This group describes itself
CEO SUMMARY: As the FBI launched its investigation of fraudulent billing by Michigan dermatologist Robert W. Stokes, D.O., two years ago, staff at several pathology labs found themselves “up close and personal” with federal healthcare fraud prosecutors. One pathology lab, based on what it learned, decided to revamp its compliance program. It ceased deep discounts
CEO SUMMARY: Last year, dermatologist Robert W. Stokes, D.O., of Grand Rapids, Michigan, was indicted by the federal government for 72 counts relating to various offenses, including upcoding, and improper coding. Of this total, 35 counts against Stokes involved his billing payers for laboratory tests he did not perform and laboratory services that he did
CEO SUMMARY: In a front-page story last Friday, the Wall Street Journal published an investigative story on the topic of client billing for laboratory testing and anatomic pathology services. It’s a “must-read” story for all pathologists and lab managers. For years, the lab industry has recognized how client-billing arrangements can encourage a variety of abuses
CEO SUMMARY: After learning about quality management systems at a recent Executive War College, the lab director at Pinkus Dermatopathology recognized how such techniques could be used in his lab to improve quality, reduce errors, and create a better working environment for both pathologists and lab staff. ISO-9000 was the quality system of choice because
AmeriPath, Inc. is at it again. On December 19, company officials announced the acquisition of two more pathology practices. The practices are The Dermatopathology Laboratory in Pittsburgh and Laboratory Physicians in Jacksonville. More acquisition announcements should be expected from AmeriPath. Growth by acquisition will be its dominant strategy during the next several years.
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