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Cautious Optimism Seen At Dark Report’s Executive War College

This is an excerpt from an 850-word article in the May 15, 2017, issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers, and available at all times to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: There…

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Value of Miraca Falls By 92% from 2011 to 2017

CEO SUMMARY: Miraca Life Sciences amended its merger agreement with Avista Capital Partners after the lab lost value in the two months since the agreement was signed in September. Factors precipitating the revision were a significant decline in reimbursement rates, stiff competition from …

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ACLA hits Medicare fee schedule cuts with lawsuit

This is an article from the Dec. 11, 2017 issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers. This article plus a full analysis of 2017 developments in the PAMA process are available at all times to paid members of the Dark Int…

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Labs Begin Applying Lean to Cut Costs, Add Value

CEO SUMMARY: In more than 40 presentations by 55 speakers, two big themes dominated the 11th annual Lab Quality Confab in New Orleans last week. One theme is the urgent need to cut clinical laboratory costs. The second theme is the need for both clinical labs and anatomic pathology groups…

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XIFIN CEO White Analyzes Medicare 2018 Fee Cuts

CEO SUMMARY: If the draft lab rates that CMS published Sept. 22 for the Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule for 2018 go into effect Jan. 1 as proposed, then clinical labs will see a cut of 28% in what they get paid for the top 20 most common tests, according to a recent analysis. The rates t…

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Labs Serving Nursing Homes, Rural Areas to Suffer Most

CLINICAL LABORATORIES WITH A HIGH percentage of Medicare Part B lab test reimbursement are expected to suffer the most under the Part B Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) cuts that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services proposed Sept. 22. With the proposed rates schedul…

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Lab Associations Comment on CMS Actions, Lab Fees

FOR THE LAB INDUSTRY, THE FEE CUTS proposed in the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule would be even more aggressive than what the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had earlier predicted for Medicare Part B. In the days following the Sept. 22 publication of the pr…

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Positive Patient ID System Catches Patients Cheating on Toxicology Tests

CEO SUMMARY: The urine drug testing industry is challenged every day to detect the large number of patients trying to cheat on their drug tests. GenoTox Laboratories of Austin, Texas, developed a DNA-authentication method for urine samples that allows the lab to detect when patients have …

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50,000 Patients to Retest After Invitae Finds Errors

CEO SUMMARY: In recent weeks, a client notified Invitae of discordant results on a patient. The notification caused the genetic testing company to discover it had a systemic error that failed to test for a specific rare mutation associated with inherited cancer. Company officials believe …

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Two Largest Payers Start Lab Test Pre-Authorization

CEO SUMMARY: Once Anthem and UnitedHealthcare establish their respective genetic test prior-authorization programs, a new era for genetic testing will commence. The 80 million beneficiaries served by these two payers make up half of the individuals who have private health insurance. It is…

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