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March 13, 2017 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

There’s bad news for clinical labs and pathology groups that lack the capability of collecting copays, deductibles, and out-of-pocket payments from patients at time of service. As of October, 2016, four out of every 10 Americans under the age of 65 with health insurance had a high-deductible health…

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Much Disruption for Labs In 2016’s Top 10 Stories

CEO SUMMARY: Within THE DARK REPORT’S list of the Top 10 Lab Industry Stories for 2016 is one story of disruption that might have been one story of disruption about to happen. The disintegration of Theranos during 2016 is the big story about a self-proclaimed disruptor of the lab indust…

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Lead Researcher Outlines New Details Of Laboratory Test Price Study

CEO SUMMARY: There is always a story behind the story, and THE DARK REPORT went to the lead researcher of the reference pricing study published in JAMA Internal Medicine to get it. In this interview, James C. Robinson, PhD, of the University of C…

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Reference Pricing’s New Lab Winners and Losers

CEO SUMMARY: Expanded use of reference pricing by employers in coming years could trigger a cycle of cuts to lab test prices that would put the most pressure on the lab companies with the highest prices. Many hospital labs are viewed as having high prices. But because they run outreach sp…

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The newest threat to lab revenues: reference pricing in healthcare

This is an excerpt from a 1,600-word article in the September 6 issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group. …

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Payers Asking for Repayment When Labs Waive Fees

CEO SUMMARY: Health insurers appear to have stepped up their efforts to warn clinical laboratories not to waive patients’ fees in return for specimen referrals. Consultants also say that payers are increasing enforcement efforts. There are cases where, when insurers discover labs have n…

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Collecting Big Patient Deductibles

THERE HAS BEEN EXPLOSIVE GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS enrolled in high- deductible health plans. Currently, more than 20 million people have HDHPs. This is one reason why many labs are experiencing high levels of patient bad debt never before seen by the lab industry during the past three decades…

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How Price Transparency Increased Lab’s Revenue

CEO SUMMARY: In California, a gene testing firm is increasing satisfaction among patients and physicians with a tool that provides patients with an estimate of the anticipated cost—before the physician orders a test! By providing transparency about the cost of tests upfront, Co…

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Increasing Costs for Genetic Tests Are Busting Lab Budgets

CEO SUMMARY: Across the nation, hospital administrators are recognizing that effective lab test utilization is a critical factor in a lab’s success. At Seattle Children’s Hospital, clinical pathologists, clinical chemists, and laboratory genetic counselors are …

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Florida Pathologists Critical of UnitedHealth and BeaconLBS

CEO SUMMARY: In a letter to UnitedHealthcare, the Florida Society of Pathologists says UHC’s pilot laboratory management program will have a negative effect on patient care by delaying access to care and timely diagnoses of disease. Signed by more than 120 members…

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