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UnitedHealth to Start Gene Test Pre-Approval

CEO SUMMARY: With programs now at the nation’s two largest insurers, is it possible to argue that prior-authorization is going mainstream? Some observers say, yes, as THE DARK REPORT predicted. What is certain is that starting Nov. 1, UnitedHealthcare is requiring prior authorization for genetic and molecular tests for its fully-insured commercial members nationwide. That

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Florida Doctors Refuse to Use UHC’s Lab Ordering System

CEO SUMMARY: It may not yet be open rebellion, but UnitedHealthcare faces strong opposition in Florida from physicians- and their medical societies-over the requirement that they obtain prenotification and pre-authorization when ordering tests listed in UHC’s laboratory benefit management program. Recent rumors say that UHC has exempted some medical groups from compliance with the program. If true, that could further complicate UHC’s relationship with physicians in the Sunshine State who must continue to comply with this program.

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Memorial Hermann’s Health Info Exchange Helps Lab Outreach

CEO SUMMARY: In Houston, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System has put together a health information exchange (HIE) to serve the Houston market. By design, this HIE not only gives physicians immediate access to a wide variety of patient data, but also supports the type of workflow required for Memorial Hermann’s new accountable care organization to succeed.

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Office-Based Physicians Want In-Clinic Laboratories

CEO SUMMARY: Interest by office-based physicians in creating an in-clinic medical testing laboratory is on the increase. This has direct consequences for independent commercial labs, hospital lab outreach programs, and anatomic pathology groups, since office- based physicians are a primary source of lab test referrals. One consultant says that 60% to 70% of the volume

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Spate of Lab Informatics Deals Signals Greater Investor Interest

DURING OCTOBER, three laboratory informatics companies were acquired or obtained new capital funding. It is an indication of the growing importance that laboratory informatics will play as healthcare moves toward the goal of the universal patient health record (EHR).

The first of the three transactions came on October 7. Halfpenny Technologies, Inc., of Blue Bell, Pennsylvania,

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Lab Industry Would Be Smart To Issue EMR Report Card

Guest Opinion by:
Pat Wolfram

Editor’s Note: For almost 20 years, Pat Wolfram has worked to develop electronic medical record systems at companies like MedicaLogic and GE Healthcare. His firm specializes in developing effective electronic interfaces that allow a physician’s EMR system to handle lab test orders and lab test results with that physician’s clinical laboratory provider.

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