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July 17, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

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 …

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Six Years after Launch, Med Fusion Sold to Quest

CEO SUMMARY: In Dallas, the relatively short-lived lab company known as Med Fusion has a new owner. After seven years, the lab partnership of Baylor Scott and White, US Oncology Network, Texas Oncology, and Pathologists Bio-Medical Laboratories decided to sell their ownership stakes to Qu…

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UnitedHealthcare Warns Labs Not to Waive Patient Fees

CEO SUMMARY: UnitedHealthcare directly tackled the issue of out-of-network labs waiving or capping copayments, coinsurance and deductibles that are to be paid by patients. In a network bulletin this month, UHC said that such arrangements may violate federal law and could lead to state ins…

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2015’s Top 10 Lab Stories Show Significant Changes

CEO SUMMARY: During 2015, two stories captured the full attention of most pathologists and clinical lab managers. One was how CMS intends to gather lab price market data as mandated by PAMA. The other was the continued efforts by the FDA to move ahead on proposed guidance for regulation o…

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Hit by Many New Genetic Tests, Health Insurers Just Say ‘No’

OVERWHELMED WITH REQUESTS TO PAY for new genetic tests, health insurers, particularly smaller and regional insurers, find it easier to simply deny payment for such tests. This is one of the insights shared during a panel discussion involving several managed care executives at the 20th annual Exe…

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New Lab Company Intends to Buy Outreach Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, Regional Diagnostic Laboratories (RDX) says it wants to purchase the laboratory outreach programs of nonprofit community hospitals. RDX is a partnership with Warburg Pincus, a New York investment company. It is a credible buyer and has $250 mill…

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Joint Venture Launches Molecular Pathology Lab

CEO SUMMARY: As genomic medicine advances, researchers into various diseases quickly recognize the need to incorporate molecular pathologists onto their teams. In Grand Rapids, Michigan, a large integrated health system and a private research institute have come together to jointly fund a…

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How Dr. Al Nichols Changed The Lab Testing Marketplace

CEO SUMMARY: At a time when lab testing meant routine assays performed within a few miles of the collection, Albert L. Nichols, M.D. envisioned a centralized national laboratory devoted to performing specialized, highly-complex testing to clinicians everywhere. Not only did his vision bec…

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LabCorp Buys Two More California Laboratories

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory Corporation of America is serving notice that it intends to increase its competitive presence in California, the largest market for diagnostic testing in the United States. It recently signed agreements to purchase two respected independent laboratory companies, on…

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