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Dartmouth-Hitchcock Builds Strong Lab Outreach Business

CEO SUMMARY: As health networks and hospitals consider outsourcing their lab outreach programs, the lab team at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (D-H) offers lessons about the value of retaining outreach. D-H is now in the eighth year of a sustained expansion of its laboratory outreach …

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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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Pathologists Not Enrolled In PECOS By July 6 Risk Denial of Medicare Claims

JULY 6, 2010, IS THE NEW DEADLINE for pathologists to enroll in the Provider Enrollment, Chain and Ownership System (PECOS) or risk being denied payment for Medicare claims. The federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued a statement that it will not p…

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2.3% Medical Device Tax Hits Clinical Labs in 2013

CEO SUMMARY: One aspect of the massive new health bill is that medical device companies will pay a 2.3% tax, effective January 1, 2013. Students of economics know that it is customers who invariably end up paying such direct taxes. Thus, clinical laboratories in the United States should p…

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2009’s Top Ten Lab Stories Reflect Some Good, Bad

CEO SUMMARY: As the closing year of the first decade of the new century and the new millennium, 2009 brought neither disruption nor upheaval to the majority of laboratories in the United States. Rather, it was marked by at least two themes. One was how public disclosure of problems with l…

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Mich. Dermatologist Gets 10.5 Years in Fraud Case

CEO SUMMARY: In a federal case involving billing improprieties and insurance fraud, a federal judge sentenced Michigan dermatologist Robert W. Stokes, M.D., to 126 months in prison and ordered him to pay $178,100 in fines and assessments, with the amount of restitution yet to be determine…

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Using a 1997 Bid Model In a 2007 Health Market

CEO SUMMARY: It’s been a long path from concept to implementation for a competitive bidding demonstration involving clinical lab services. It was in the mid-1980s when CMS commenced work on designing such a demonstration. In the 1990s, RTI International continued devel…

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CDC Seeks to Identify Best Laboratory Practices

CEO SUMMARY: To advance the goal of enhancing the practice of laboratory medicine, the CDC has organized two teams of laboratory experts. They will study best practices and proficiency testing in medical labs nationwide. Such approaches as lab standards, voluntary reporting of adverse eve…

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April 10, 2006 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Another private lab company appears to have sold for a strong price. On March 21, 2006, American Capital Strategies Ltd. of Bethesda, Maryland, announced that it had invested $79.5 million in Redwood Toxicology Laboratory Inc., a drugs-of-abuse testing laboratory bas…

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Consumer-Directed Health Plans To Be Healthcare’s Next Wave

“There is an opportunity for laboratories to put strategies in place to benefit from the changes triggered by wider use of CDHPs.” —Paul Mango CEO SUMMARY: It is widely known that growing numbers of employers are turning to consumer-directed…

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