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New Aetna, UHC Contracts Create Openings for Labs

CEO SUMMARY: New national lab contracts that LabCorp and Quest announced in May could disrupt the lab testing market in ways regional labs can exploit, experts said. Health plans entered these new contracts after realizing that the exclusive network contracts do not work, one lab consulta…

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Payers Using Two Approaches To Price Molecular, Genetic Tests

PRIVATE PAYERS AND MEDICARE contractors are taking divergent approaches to establishing coverage policies and setting prices for molecular and genetic tests. That’s what Kuo Bianchini Tong, MS, CEO of Quorum Consulting Inc., sees happening. “One approach seeks to recognize the c…

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Gearing Up the Laboratory to Exceed Expectations of External Customers

CEO SUMMARY: This is the third installment of THE DARK REPORT’S description of the Laboratory Value Pyramid. It describes “Level Three: Deliver Value that Exceeds Expectations.” This is the level where the laboratory organization now shifts its emphasis from internal operation of…

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Survival Essentials for Local Labs

IF THERE IS ANY SINGLE SIGN OF TOUGH TIMES FOR LOCAL LABS, it is decreasing access to patients due to the exclusionary contracting tactic of health insurers. That tactic is the …

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Excluding Lab Competitors Helps Big Labs Grab Greater Market Share

CEO SUMMARY: Changes in healthcare are motivating health insurers and the nation’s largest lab testing companies to enter into contracts in which the large lab company lowers its lab test prices to the payer in return for having the payer exclude that lab company’s toughest competitor…

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MedTox, Cleveland Clinic Labs, Apollo PACS, Dell, British Columbia Health

GENOME SEQUENCING TO BE OFFERED BY NORWAY IN NATIONAL HEALTH PLAN HERE’S A MILESTONE ON THE PATH TO PERSONALIZED MEDICINE. Norway is the first nation to announce that its national health system will incorporate whole genome sequencing. Cancer is the target of Norway’s f…

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Implementing Best Practices Across 27 Hospital Labs

CEO SUMMARY: It is always challenging to ensure consistency and high productivity across the different labs in a consolidated lab organization. To help staff focus on quality and efficiency, Alverno Clinical Laboratories LLC uses Lean methods to improve quality and timely delivery of lab …

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Ascendium Consulting Is New Firm In Lab Market

CEO SUMMARY: Growing numbers of laboratories are taking steps to reengineer work flow, evaluate automation solutions, and improve the operational performance of their laboratory. This is fueling a demand for laboratory consulting services and Ascendium Consulting is this newest healthcare…

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Blunt Talk From HMO Blue’s Ancillary Contracts Manager

CEO SUMMARY: By now, most clinical laboratory executives and pathologists have discovered a new fact of life: provider status with managed care organizations is a critical success factor. Without provider status, the laboratory is denied access to patients and the reimbursement associated…

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