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TOP 10 LAB STORIES OF 2017

1. CMS Sticks by Decision to Deeply Cut Medicare Part B Lab Test Fees SHORT OF A MIRACLE, the clinical laboratory industry is less than three weeks from the single most financially-disruptive event of the past 30 years. On Jan. 1, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service…

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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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Lab Scheme Recruits Hospitals To Bill as In-Network Providers

CEO SUMMARY: Management companies using a new generation of potentially fraudulent schemes are targeting hospitals and health systems for arrangements that use questionable means to increase lab test volume and revenue. The management companies often use the term “hospital outpatient de…

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New source of lab test abuse surfaces in the form of HOPDs and MSOs

This is an excerpt from a 2,350-word article in the Oct. 30, 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: …

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October 17, 2016 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Quebec’s provincial health authority is moving forward with what may be one of the largest consolidations of clinical laboratory testing undertaken in North America during the past 30 years. The goal is to bring the lab testing currently done in as many as 500 locations throughout the province int…

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Walgreens Tells Theranos: ‘Lab Deal Is Terminated’

BREAKING NEWS: As this issue of THE DARK REPORT went to press, it was learned that Walgreens had announced the termination of its lab testing agreement with Theranos, effective immediately. Theranos loses access to about 40 Walgreens pharmacies in Phoe…

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Up to 30,000 Theranos test results voided; Walgreen dumps partnership

This is an excerpt from a 1,000-word article in the June 13 issue of THE DARK REPORT. The original article is available to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group.   …

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Lab, Emergency Department at Cleveland Clinic Collaborate to Reduce Hemolysis Rates

CEO SUMMARY: Two years ago, the rate of hemolysis in blood drawn in the Cleveland Clinic’s Emergency Department was about nine times higher than the ASCP recommended rate of 2%. With a two-year cooperative agreement and funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Labs Can Earn Revenue through Data Analytics

CEO SUMMARY: There is a new buyer for lab test data, creating an opportunity for labs to build a new revenue stream. Medivo, Inc., of New York, describes itself as a healthcare data analytics company whose mission is to unlock the power of lab data to improve health. It works with clinica…

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Tasso’s Device Collects Capillary Blood for Testing

CEO SUMMARY: In Seattle, Tasso Inc., a start-up company, is developing a device that adheres to the skin and collects capillary blood that can be used for lab testing. Tasso says the device is a less invasive than a venipuncture. At the same time, executives at Tasso recognize that, for m…

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