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Facing Lawsuit Filed by Humana, Ameritox Closes Lab, Sells Assets

IN MAY, THE LONG-STRUGGLING Ameritox, LLC, is scheduled to close its laboratory in Greensboro, N.C., according to reporting in the Triad Business Journal. Early this month, the drug-monitoring and urine-analysis company filed a notice with the North Carolina Department of Co…

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Helping You Plan Your Lab’s Financial Future

WE ARE NOW IN THE NEW YEAR and the 2018 Medicare Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) is a reality. The dramatic price cuts that the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has enacted is the single most disruptive financial event the clinical laboratory industry has fa…

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Fla. Lab Sells to Labcorp, But Keeps Nursing Homes

CEO SUMMARY: Vista Clinical Diagnostics of Clermont, Fla., is betting big on the nursing home sector just when many labs serving nursing homes are worried about steep Medicare cuts coming Jan. 1. After selling its physician office referral testing, 35 patient service centers, and a mobile…

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Tougher Times Ahead as Labs React to Fee Cuts

CEO SUMMARY: Just as Nero is reputed to have fiddled while Rome burned, officials at CMS seem to be doing their own fiddling as their planned deep price cuts to Medicare Part B lab tests could begin driving lab companies out of business. In recent weeks, the owners of two lab companies de…

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LabCorp, Quest Open PSCs in Retail Stores

CEO SUMMARY: In the past year, both national laboratory companies have increased the number of patient service centers they operate in retail pharmacies and grocery stores. But these PSCs are not serving direct access testing (DAT) customers. Rather, early evidence indicates that patients…

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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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UnitedHealth to Start Gene Test Pre-Approval

CEO SUMMARY: With programs now at the nation’s two largest insurers, is it possible to argue that prior-authorization is going mainstream? Some observers say, yes, as THE DARK REPORT predicted. What is certain is that starting Nov. 1, UnitedHealthcare is requiring prior authorization fo…

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Konica Minolta to Pay Up to $1 Billion for Ambry

CEO SUMMARY: It’s the second time in six years that a Japanese corporation paid a high price for a genetic testing company in the United States. Konica Minolta will purchase Ambry Genetics for $800 million at closing and $200 million upon hitting certain financial metrics. In 2011, Miraca H…

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Details Emerge About End of 31-Year Lab JV

CEO SUMMARY: Quest Diagnostics is no longer an equity partner in the CompuNet Clinical Laboratory joint venture, which has operated successfully since its founding in 1986. Typical of other lab JVs and inpatient lab management agreements that the hospital or health system partners do not rene…

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Ambry Genetics $800M Sale to Konica Minolta Is a Big Deal for Lab Industry

This is an excerpt from a 2,026-word article in the July 17, 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. …

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