Tag: healthcare reform

Incyte to Develop New Ways For Pathologists to Add Value

CONSOLIDATION OF PRIVATE PRACTICE PATHOLOGY GROUPS in Washington State has been ongoing. Because of their acquisitions, CellNetix and Incyte Diagnostics are now the state’s two largest pathology groups.

The next challenge for these two pathology super-groups will be developing new ways to add value to a healthcare system moving away from fee-for-service reimbursement and to integrated

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Laboratory Offers Early Lessons in Positioning for Success with ACOs

CEO SUMMARY: Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are already leading the shift from fee-for-service reimbursement to population payment. ACOs are leading healthcare’s evolution to preventive care, wellness, and better management of patients with chronic disease. This evolution will require that all providers, including clinical laboratories, must shift from delivering volume to producing value. In Phoenix, Arizona,

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Health Insurers See Big Increase in Lab Utilization

CEO SUMMARY: In a recent public workshop, managed care executives revealed that the annual cost of outpatient laboratory testing is increasing at twice the rate of all other medical services. One big driver in the increased spending on lab testing is increased utilization of lab tests by physicians—particularly expensive molecular diagnostic assays and genetic tests.

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Health Insurers Now Finding Ways to Cut Costs and Shed Risks

CEO SUMMARY: Both employers and health insurers are taking aggressive steps to rein in healthcare costs. Several strategies to control spending and create powerful new incentives for providers are gaining favor. At this year’s Executive War College, Paul Mango of McKinsey & Company, explained these strategies and emphasized that new models for handling health risk

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Today’s Lab Test Model Won’t Survive Reforms

CEO SUMMARY: For more than three decades, independent lab companies have waxed fat by increasing their respective market share of lab test referrals from office-based physicians. This era is poised to end as growing numbers of office-based physicians begin to practice medicine within an accountable care organization (ACO) or similar new integrated care delivery model,

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