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Test Utilization Targeted by UnitedHealth, LabCorp

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 managemen…

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Aurora Diagnostics Acquires Two Pathology Group Practices

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, Virgini…

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Michigan Derm Convicted On 31 Fraud Charges

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 labo…

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Path Group Responds to FBI Visits in Stokes Case

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 wha…

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WSJ Slams Client Bill For Lab Test Services

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…

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Pinkus DermPath Earns ISO-9000 Certification

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 pathologi…

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“December 29, 1997 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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 a…

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