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Cepheid, Sequenom Acquisitions Further Consolidate Lab Testing

TWO ACQUISITIONS FURTHER consolidated the clinical laboratory testing industry in recent weeks. The acquired companies were Sequenom and Cepheid. Sequenom went first. On July 27, Laboratory Corporation of America announced an agreement to acquire …

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Gene Testing Lab Goes ‘Cold Turkey,’ Stops Billing Health Plans

CEO SUMMARY: Last year, Kailos Genetics stopped collecting third-party payment, dropped its prices sharply, and started marketing its genetic-screening tests directly to consumers and physicians. At the time, 100% of its revenue came from third-party payers. Today, it gets 100% of its rev…

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New ADLT Payment Rate May Force Lab to Close

CEO SUMMARY: Four Medicare Administrative Contractors currently pay $2,821 for CareDx’s AlloMap test. But under the proposal that CMS issued last month to overhaul the clinical lab fee schedule, CareDx would get only $644. Such a steep price cut would put the lab out of business because…

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Hit by Many New Genetic Tests, Health Insurers Just Say ‘No’

OVERWHELMED WITH REQUESTS TO PAY for new genetic tests, health insurers, particularly smaller and regional insurers, find it easier to simply deny payment for such tests. This is one of the insights shared during a panel discussion involving several managed care executives at the 20th annual Exe…

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Combining Lean Techniques with Lab Automation to Get Impressive Results

PROBABLY NO AREA OF CLINICAL LABORATORY MEDICINE is experiencing the dramatic transformation happening in microbiol…

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Newer, Smaller Analyzers Will Bring Big Data to Labs

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. A…

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Combining Lean with Lab Automation to Get Impressive Results

CEO SUMMARY: By combining total lab automation with Lean techniques in a comprehensive makeover of its microbiology lab, one of the largest labs providing hospital acute care and community microbiology services in North America achieved major benefits. Benefits ranged from impro…

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New MoPath Lab Coalition Takes its Case to Congress

CEO SUMMARY: Prices recently established for molecular diagnostic tests are so low that they put patient access in jeopardy, declared a new lab industry coalition in a statement delivered to members of Congress. Called the Coalition to Strengthen the Future of Molecular Diagnosti…

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What Labs Need to Do as Payers Audit More Claims

CEO SUMMARY: Attorneys who advise pathologists and clinical laboratories on compliance issues say the number of audits from the government and third-party payers has increased sharply in recent years. In those audits, payers are looking for recoupment of overpayments. A lab’s fai…

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Increasing Costs for Genetic Tests Are Busting Lab Budgets

CEO SUMMARY: Across the nation, hospital administrators are recognizing that effective lab test utilization is a critical factor in a lab’s success. At Seattle Children’s Hospital, clinical pathologists, clinical chemists, and laboratory genetic counselors are …

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