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Some Labs Report Faster Pay For Molecular, Genetic Tests via New CPT Code Reimbursement Program

DURING RECENT MONTHS, some labs are reporting improvement in how their claims for certain molecular and genetic tests are being reim…

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2013’s Top Ten Lab Stories Point to Tougher Times

CEO SUMMARY: For 2013, the big story was money—or, more accurately, less money for providers. This was not limited to clinical labs and pathology groups, but was equally true of hospitals and physicians. In THE DARK REPORT’S annual lookback at the year’s 10…

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Lab Companies’ IPOs Go Two-for-Three in November

CEO SUMMARY: This fall, a parade of molecular and genetic test companies moved forward with initial public offerings (IPOs) of their stock. In September, Foundation Medicine raised $106 million from its IPO. Encouraged by this success, three different companies proceeded with IPOs during …

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November 11, 2013 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Who would have guessed that Angelina Jolie would do a multi-million-dollar favor to Myriad Genetics, Inc.? Jolie caused quite a stir earlier this year when she went public with the news that she had done a prophylactic double mastectomy after she had learned the results of her BRCA test for br…

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Report Shows Price Drop for Most Molecular Tests

CEO SUMMARY: In recent weeks, labs are reporting that Medicare contractors have begun to issue payments for molecular test claims filed—but unpaid—since January 1, 2013. A newly-issued analysis of this situation by Quorum Consulting indicates that, for many molecular assays, Medicare …

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Medicare Contractor’s Ruling on MolDx Test Causes Lab to Close

CEO SUMMARY: On May 14, Predictive Biosciences learned that its Medicare contractor had determined that one of its three molecular tests for bladder cancer was a screening test. It also never got a determination on its other two molecular tests. Because Medicare is half of the lab’s pay…

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Why a Divided Lab Industry May Soon Fall

OVER THE PAST TWO DECADES, it has often been remarked on these pages and by many others that the divided nature of the laboratory medicine profession will prove to be its ultimate Achilles heel. These divisions center around different scientific disciplines within pathology and lab medicine as well a…

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Labs Face Consequences from MolDx Test ‘Mess’

CEO SUMMARY: Non-payment of molecular test claims for the first five months of 2013 is not the only financial disruption for labs that perform these tests. Reports are coming in about how Medicare contractors, Medicaid programs, and private payers are declining to pay claims based on ruli…

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Health Insurers See Big Increase in Lab Utilization

CEO SUMMARY: In a recent public workshop, managed care executives revealed that the annual cost of outpatient laboratory testing is increasing at twice the rate of all other medical services. One big driver in the increased spending on lab testing is increased utilization…

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One Lab’s Revenue Loss Due to CMS’ Slow Process

CEO SUMMARY: How is it that some commercial payers for one lab running molecular tests have continued to pay the lab for tests it has run this year, but contractors for CMS have so far failed to pay? That’s the question one lab CEO is asking. Both the commercial payers and the CMS contr…

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