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This Coronavirus Outbreak Will Change Lab Industry

CEO SUMMARY: COVID-19 is causing a level of global disruption not seen since the influenza outbreak of 1918. This new infectious disease exposes flaws in the strategies and planning of public health officials and governments in the United States and abroad. In this country…

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COVID-19 Patient? Northwell Has Mobile Phlebotomy App

>CEO SUMMARY: What better way to limit the spread of a deadly novel coronavirus than to allow patients who suspect they have the COVID-19 illness to use a mobile phone to book an appointment with a phlebotomist who makes house calls? Northwell Laboratories started this service in Novem…

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New UnitedHealthcare Policy For Hospital Reference Tests

>CEO SUMMARY: Under a new policy UnitedHealthcare will start in May, hospital laboratories will no longer be allowed to bill for reference testing for members who are not hospital patients. The policy is likely to affect clinical lab testing for patients whose testing goes …

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Be Careful Payers, You May Get What You Wish For!

Few clinical laboratory executives and pathologists would disagree with the assertion that both government and private payers would like to see the prices they pay for medical laboratory testing and the amount of money they spend reimbursing labs to stay flat or shrink from one year to the next. C…

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Northwell Health Labs Produce Value-Added Outcomes, Growth

>CEO SUMMARY: In 2008, the administration at the Northwell Health system on Long Island considered selling its inpatient and outpatient laboratory services to a commercial laboratory company. In response, the leaders of the Northwell Health Laboratories proposed a plan to s…

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Two Collaborations: LabCorp-Thermo Fisher, Roche-Illumina

In  deals  related  to  the  pursuit of companion diagnostics, two lab companies announced collaboration deals with companies that manufacture gene-sequencing equipment. The deals were announced on consecutive days earlier this month. Financial terms were not disclosed. On Jan. 13, Ro…

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NeoGenomics Spends $37M for Human Longevity’s Oncology Division

Once again, Neogenomics, Inc. is using an  acquisition  to  build  up  its cancer-testing business. In a deal that closed on Jan. 10, the lab company acquired the Oncology Division of Human Longevity, based in San Diego. Neogenomics said it paid $37 million f…

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33 Groups Cooperated to Get PAMA-Related LAB Act Passed

>CEO SUMMARY: At the end of 2019, the Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries (LAB) Act became law and addressed two of the three most onerous requirements in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014. It delays the data-reporting requirements under PAMA, an…

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Any Hope for Relief from PAMA Medicare Price Cuts?

It is a notable and rare success for the clinical laboratory profession to convince the House and Senate to pass a law that is favorable to the interests of patients and the clinical laboratories that serve them. Yet that is what happened when Congress passed the Laboratory Access for Beneficiarie…

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Labs Face New Challenges in New Year, New Decade

TYPICALLY, PEOPLE CELEBRATE THE ARRIVAL OF A NEW YEAR and a new decade with optimism. That should be just as true for clinical lab managers and pathologists. After all, medical laboratory testing is fundamental to how physicians diagnose disease, select the most appropriate therapies, and monitor the…

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