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DOJ Indicts Ten Individuals for Pass-Through Lab Test Billing Fraud

PASS-THROUGH LAB TEST BILLING SCHEMES involving rural hospitals and $1.4 billion in fraudulent lab test claims are at the core of multiple indictments announced recently by the federal Department of Justice (DOJ). Ten individuals—including laboratory owners, billing company…

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August 24, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Currently at least 15 veterinary laboratories in the United States perform COVID-19 tests. This fact was confirmed by Adm. Brett Giroir, MD, the Assistant Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), during an interview last month conducted by CNN. Officials at HHS confi…

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Amazon Targets COVID-19 Testing in its New Lab-Building Venture

This is an excerpt of a 1,980-word article in the August 3, 2020 issue of THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: For pathologists and clinical lab directors, Amazon’s nascent COVID-19 t…

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UHC Ready to Implement New Lab Test Registry

CEO SUMMARY: UnitedHealthcare announced that its new Test-Registry Protocol will become effective on Jan. 1, 2021, creating a major billing hurdle for labs and pathology groups. By that date, a lab must register each type of test before it can submit claims for these tests to the nati…

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UHC Issues Details about How Labs Register Tests

CEO SUMMARY: As of January 1, UnitedHealthcare will require all clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups to register every type of test before labs can bill for those tests. Not only is the COVID-19 pandemic disrupting normal activity, but the administrative burden UHC is i…

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Amazon Building Labs to Do COVID-19 Testing

CEO SUMMARY: For pathologists and clinical lab directors, Amazon’s nascent lab-testing venture for employees could be a significant concern given that the e-commerce company could disrupt the clinical lab business nationwide. The online retail giant has long had an interest in medic…

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Employers, Others Looking to Build New Clinical Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Employers, universities, municipalities, and other large organizations are interested in building their own clinical laboratories. In addition, entrepreneurs—many with no prior experience in laboratory medicine—want to make money providing COVID-19 testing. Many of th…

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In Just 13 Days, Lab Buys, Validates & Uses Analyzer

CEO SUMMARY: In response to the nationwide outbreak of SARS-CoV-2, clinical labs are introducing new analyzers whenever possible to boost testing capacity. Pre-pandemic, buying and installing new instruments could take at least two months, and that timeline can go longer now. But beca…

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COVID-19 Pandemic Erodes Cash Flow at Clinical Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Every day, national news headlines scream about the shortage of SARS-CoV-2 lab tests needed to manage the COVID-19 pandemic. Recently, national news coverage has begun focusing on concerns about inaccurate or unreliable COVID-19 serology tests. But the story being…

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In Michigan, Short Supplies Constrain COVID Test Capacity

CEO SUMMARY: Because of a severe shortage of supplies, members of Michigan’s two hospital laboratory networks have been stymied in their ability to respond to the pandemic and operate their SARS-CoV-2 analyzers at full capacity. The lack of primers, reagents, specimen-collec…

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