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Several Big Surprises in 2018’s Top 10 Lab Stories

CEO SUMMARY: This year’s list of the Top 10 Lab Industry Stories for 2018 is dominated by new directives from Medicare and private health insurers, as well as significant decisions by federal courts. Collectively, these developments create new compliance risks for all clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. What is more notable about these top

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Illumina to Pay $1.2 Billion to Acquire Pacific Biosciences

IT’S AN ACQUISITION THAT BRINGS TOGETHER two different gene sequencing technologies into one firm. On Nov. 1, Illumina, Inc., announced an agreement to acquire Pacific Biosciences (PacBio) for $1.2 billion.

This deal will bolster Illumina’s already-dominant position in the market for DNA-sequencing machines. Wall Street analysts quickly pointed out that this gives Illumina control of two gene

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More Genetic Counseling Leads to Fewer Lab Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Cigna was the first national health insurer to require independent board-certified genetic counseling before approving coverage for certain genetic tests. Since launching this program in September 2013, the insurer has seen a 450% increase in genetic counseling for Cigna members. Such counseling has helped to reduce utilization of genetic testing because informed patients understand that a genetic test might not

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Whole Genome Sequencing Is Poised for Clinical Use

CEO SUMMARY: Pathologists and clinical lab managers interested in following the advances in use of whole human genome sequencing for clinical purposes should follow the money. Within weeks of obtaining FDA clearance for its MiSeqDx system and reagents, Illumina had inked major agreements with Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Laboratory Corporation of America. Both national lab

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Cigna Program Addresses Genetic Test Utilization

CEO SUMMARY: Cigna launched a program that requires genetic counseling for patients and pre-authorization of genetic tests. Its partner is InformedDNA, a firm that provides genetic counseling services. The goals include better patient engagement, improved test utilization, and a process to evaluate the clinical effectiveness of new genetic tests. Cigna customers getting genetic tests for

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