ANOTHER ACADEMIC MEDICAL CENTER decided to cash in on the value of its outreach lab. On Jan. 10, Laboratory Corporation of America announced it would acquire the lab outreach business of Mount Sinai Health System of New York City.
Terms of the transaction and purchase price were not disclosed. The deal is expected to close by
ON THE SUBJECT OF LAB TEST MARKET PRICE REPORTING as required under PAMA, many clinical laboratory executives, pathologists, and industry experts see deep flaws in the process the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has established. Yet, CMS itself seems blind to these flaws.
Fortunately, the clinical lab executives are not alone. The Office of
IT’S GOING TO BE A DIFFERENT AND TOUGHER WORLD for laboratory companies that market proprietary molecular and genetic tests. That’s the opinion of experts who have studied the final rule governing Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (ADLTs) that the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued in June.
CEO SUMMARY: Healthcare’s transformation is now far enough along that most clinical labs and pathology groups are either feeling the financial pain or are excitedly developing ways to deliver more value from lab testing services. On April 26-27, at the 21st annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management, expert speakers will address how
CEO SUMMARY: Across the lab industry, next generation sequencing is taking hold as an effective and efficient testing platform. In response, payers are developing coding and payment policies that may affect the finances of clinical labs. Last month, Palmetto GBA, a Medicare contractor, issued NGS test guidelines that some experts see as an attempt to
CEO SUMMARY: Once again, entrepreneur and pathologist David G. Bostwick, MD, is starting up a new lab company. Granger Diagnostics is now open and is located in North Chesterfield, Virginia. It is designed to be an anatomic, clinical, and molecular pathology reference laboratory. In an exclusive interview, Bostwick identified three substantial changes that have happened
CEO SUMMARY: Forty years ago, pathologists in hospital and academic labs worked closely with treating physicians to produce laboratory-developed tests for discrete clinical cases. Seeing that, the FDA decided not to regulate those tests, an FDA official said. Over time, however, use of LDTs became a serious concern when labs developing LDTs were no longer involved
CEO SUMMARY: Some in the lab industry had high hopes that passage of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) last year would favorably resolve a number of important issues. However, those hopes were dashed following the September 25 release by CMS of a proposed rule setting out how it will collect market test prices
CEO SUMMARY: Clinical laboratories of all sizes are poised to become the source of much of a hospital or health system’s “big data.” At many academic center labs, greater use of genetic and molecular testing requires that more space and more staff be devoted to data management. At the same time, the latest generation of gene sequencing instruments and molecular analyzers are cheaper, faster, and more automated. These systems make it feasible for even smaller labs to offer sophisticated genetic tests.