Here’s an update on Theranos, the troubled lab company that is struggling to stay alive. Once again, reporter John Carreyrou of The Wall Street Journal scooped his peers by reporting that Theranos has listed its corporate offices for lease. For lab companies shopping for office space in Palo Alto, Calif., Theranos has listed its 116,172 square
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AN INTERNAL MEDICINE PHYSICIAN who practiced in Yonkers, N.Y., is the latest physician to admit to taking bribes in connection with a laboratory test referral scheme that Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services LLC (BLS), of Parsippany, N.J., operated for years.
The physician, Ricky J. Sayegh, MD, 44, of Scarsdale, N.Y., pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge Stanley R.
In New Jersey, a U.S. attorney has put laboratory sales reps on notice that they can be prosecuted for violating federal anti-kickback laws and sent to prison. On January 18, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, announced the sentencing of Michael J. Zarrelli, of Berkeley Heights, N.J., formerly a sales representative with the now- defunct
December 27 was the 100th birthday of pathologist Jan Steiner, MD, FRCP (C), FCAP, remembered by many long-serving lab executives and clinical pathologists as one of the co-founders, along with James Root, PhD, of Chi Laboratory Systems in the late 1980s. This was a time when he was already in his 70s. He worked with Chi
More developments have happened at Theranos, Inc., the beleaguered clinical lab company based in Palo Alto, California. On June 24, Brook Buchanan, Vice President of Communications at Theranos, resigned, giving personal reasons for the decision. Buchanan was hired in November 2015, just seven months earlier. Meanwhile, the press conference that was scheduled for Elizabeth Holmes following
CEO SUMMARY: Florida’s highly-competitive market for lab testing services is again seeing some lab companies use “Waiver of Charges to Managed Care Patients” agreements with physicians in situations where the lab is an out-of-network provider. This means the lab will do free testing—waiving charges to the health plan and the patient—in order to keep the
CEO SUMMARY: Events within the bankruptcy proceedings of Health Diagnostic Laboratory could be interpreted as setting the stage for the emergence of a laboratory company operated by executives-and marketed by a sales consultant-known to have had leadership roles in other lab companies accused by whistleblowers and the federal government of making illegal payments to induce physicians to refer lab tests to their respective lab companies. In that regard, some in the lab industry may consider this an example of history about to repeat itself.
CEO SUMMARY: Taken collectively, the growing number of federal investigations of lab companies and health insurer lawsuits against lab companies alleging fraudulent business practices signals a disturbing new trend for the lab industry. In THE DARK REPORT’s typical hard-hitting analysis of an emerging clinical laboratory trend, it is noted that while these allegations are leveled at just a handful of
CEO SUMMARY: Taken collectively, the growing number of federal investigations of clinical lab companies and health insurer lawsuits against lab companies alleging fraudulent business practices signals a disturbing new trend for the lab industry. Although these allegations are leveled at just a handful of lab companies, the amount of money these labs took out of the system exceeds a billion dollars. Some experts expect payers will enact tough requirements to stop such abuses.
CEO SUMMARY: By combining total lab automation with Lean techniques in a comprehensive makeover of its microbiology lab, one of the largest labs providing hospital acute care and community microbiology services in North America achieved major benefits. Benefits ranged from improvements in lab result turnaround time and reduced errors to significant gains in staff productivity and the quality of lab test results. Productivity improvements allowed the micro lab to absorb a 15% increase in specimen volume while staff levels were reduced by six full-time equivalent MLTs.