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Doctors’ resistance to BeaconLBS comes to Florida legislature

CEO SUMMARY: THE DARK REPORT IS THE ONLY LAB INDUSTRY NEWS SOURCE to report on this important development. A hearing took place recently on a healthcare bill in the Florida senate.  Physicians in Florida are working to get language inserted into a state law that would restrict the …

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Longer Pay Cycle for Labs, Plus Lower Collection Rate

CEO SUMMARY: Across the United States, clinical labs, histology labs, and pathology groups are experiencing both a much longer payment cycle for claims and a decreased gross collection rate. Blame can be placed on several trends. One trend is the steady increase in the number of patients …

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PhyTest Assists Doctors With Lab Testing Revenue

CEO SUMMARY: PhyTest, Inc., created a unique business model upon its founding in 1998. It primarily specializes in handling laboratory test billing and collection services to office-based physicians. It also provides evaluation, consulting, and implementation services to help physicians i…

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Mich. Dermatologist Gets 10.5 Years in Fraud Case

CEO SUMMARY: In a federal case involving billing improprieties and insurance fraud, a federal judge sentenced Michigan dermatologist Robert W. Stokes, M.D., to 126 months in prison and ordered him to pay $178,100 in fines and assessments, with the amount of restitution yet to be determine…

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Consumer-Directed Health Plans To Be Healthcare’s Next Wave

“There is an opportunity for laboratories to put strategies in place to benefit from the changes triggered by wider use of CDHPs.” —Paul Mango CEO SUMMARY: It is widely known that growing numbers of employers are turning to consumer-directed…

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“August 22, 2005 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

In California, some physicians continue to seek illegal kickbacks from clinical laboratories. The problem is widespread enough that the FBI has conducted several “sting operations.” In a jury trial related to the long-running “Durascam” healthcare fraud investigation, a married pair of doctor…

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Boost for Labs: Study Reveals Big Care Gap

CEO SUMMARY: This research project involved 13,000 patients and a detailed review of medical records. The startling conclusion: the health system provides proper diagnosis and treatment only 55% of the time! Because of the study’s depth, it provides a compelling argument that the nation…

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Washington State’s PacLab Network Is A Regional Winner

CEO SUMMARY: As a regional laboratory network, PacLab is unusual in one respect: participating hospital laboratories did not meet endlessly to talk about what they should do. Instead, action was the operative word for these network organizers. Since becoming operational in 1996, their bia…

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HMOs Planning Double Digit Premium Increases For 1999

EXPECT THE HMO INDUSTRY TO PUSH double digit premium increases on employers for 1999. This will cause political and financial repercussions which impact clinical laboratories. “I think the honeymoon is over,” stated Henry Moyer, healthcare consultant with New York-based Hirschfield, Ster…

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Lab Industry Briefs

MONOLAYER PAP SMEAR TEST In travels to laboratories around the United States, THE DARK REPORT is getting interesting, but anecdotal, feedback about Cytyc Corp.’s ThinPrep® monolayer Pap smear test. Pathologists and laboratory directors are noticing two perceived benefits …

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