Tag: molecular diagnostic assays

In Florida, More Tests Added to UHC’s Decision-Support Program

IN THE FIRST BROAD EXPANSION OF ITS pilot decision-support program for clinical lab testing in Florida, UnitedHealthcare (UHC) will add genetic and molecular tests, drug tests, and pathology procedures, among other assays starting in two months.

On March 1, UHC will expand its laboratory benefit management program in Florida beyond the initial 80 routine anatomical and

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Is New Cycle of Fraud Plaguing Lab Industry?

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CEO SUMMARY: Taken collectively, the growing number of federal investigations of clinical lab companies and health insurer lawsuits against lab companies alleging fraudulent business practices signals a disturbing new trend for the lab industry. Although these allegations are leveled at just a handful of lab companies, the amount of money these labs took out of the system exceeds a billion dollars. Some experts expect payers will enact tough requirements to stop such abuses.

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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 of lab tests by physicians—particularly expensive molecular diagnostic assays and genetic tests.

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Ascend Clinical Acquires PathCentral Lab Business

CEO SUMMARY: Ascend Clinical and PathCentral see an opportunity to provide sophisticated services to community pathology groups. Ascend Clinical will expand the molecular diagnostic and gene sequencing business it is purchasing from PathCentral. PathCentral will concentrate on marketing its cloud-based anatomic pathology LIS solution and launching a pathology professional network early in 2013. Each company

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November 19, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Only one clinical lab industry vendor made the inaugural list of the Modern Healthcare’s fastest- growing health companies. It was Sysmex America, of Mundelein, Illinois. Sysmex ranked number 26 on a list of 40 healthcare companies. Modern Healthcare reported that Sysmex’s 2011 revenues of $229.6 million represented a growth rate of 161.1%!
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