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Veritas Genetics to Close Its Testing Operations in U.S.

MAYBE CHARGING CONSUMERS THE LOW PRICE of $599 for a whole human genome sequence is not a winning financial strategy. That’s one possible reason why closely-watched Veritas Genetics of Cambridge, Mass., will stop operations in the United States. It was in July that Veritas annou…

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January 14, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Up to 10,000 patients will get free genetic testing at Northwell Health, the nation’s largest urban health network. In a deal announced on Jan. 9, Northwell Health and Color, a genetic testing company, will collaborate on a program to offer geneti…

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Myriad to Buy Counsyl, to Gain Presence in NIPS Test Sector

LATE LAST MONTH, Myriad Genetics Inc. announced a definitive agreement to acquire Counsyl, Inc., an innovative genetic testing company in South San Francisco, Calif., for $375 million. In a deal that is expected to close by early next year, Myriad will use a combinat…

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August 28, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Genetic testing for dogs is the goal of Embark Veterinary, of Boston, Mass. Founded in 2015, the company just raised $4.5 million from investors, including Anne Wojcicki, founder of 23andMe. Company executives say the genetic testing will help vets, pet owners, and b…

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Anthem Launches Program to Manage Genetic Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Pre-authorization of genetic tests is coming to physicians serving patients insured by Anthem, Inc. Its specialty benefits management company, AIM Specialty Health, will manage the program. AIM will work with InformedDNA, a company that specializes in genetic testing clinical…

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Health Insurers Want More Data On Clinical Utility of Molecular, Genetic Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Genetic tests that lack two essentials are troublesome for the nation’s health insurers. Those essentials are clinical validity and clinical utility. During a recent webinar, two executives from major health insurers stressed the need for genetic testing labs to provide acc…

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Cigna Expands Program For Genetic Counseling When Genetic Tests Are Needed

CEO SUMMARY: For three years, Cigna has required genetic counseling for members seeking genetic testing for hereditary breast, ovarian, and colorectal cancer, and for a particular heart condition. Such counseling increased member satisfaction, causing Cigna to expand the program. It now r…

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UnitedHealthcare Warns Labs: Don’t Waive Patient Fees

This article is an excerpt from a 1,500-word article in the March 21 issue of THE DARK REPORT. Full details of UHC’s battle against out-of-network labs, as well as its plans to begin requiring pre-authorization for genetic testing, are included in the original article, available to paid members…

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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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How Mentors Can Best Train Young Lab Leaders

CEO SUMMARY: Mentoring will be the theme of a special learning track at this year’s Executive War College. Two nationally-respected experts on mentoring and leadership development will work with participating lab mentors and mentorees to help them advance their mentoring relationship. A…

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