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Northwell and Memorial Health: A Tale of Two Labs

Something very unusual happened in  this  issue  of  The  Dark  Report. We analyzed the entirely opposite fates of two clinical laboratories owned by different healthcare systems. With apologies to author Charles Dickens and his opening sentence in his novel, a Tale of Two Cities, it c…

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What Labs Can Expect from PAMA in 2019

CEO SUMMARY: Attendees at the Executive War College learned that CMS has taken steps to expand the number of hospital labs required to report their private payer lab test price data under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act, but the unbundling of certain test panels could be problematic…

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Biggest Lab Firms Diverge on Hospital Lab Strategies

CEO SUMMARY: Almost half of the nation’s hospitals and health systems are rethinking how to use their clinical labs to support clinical and financial strategies. Options range from outright sale of their lab outreach businesses to lab management agreements or joint ventures with one of …

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Michigan’s Ascension labs work together to align with a fully integrated health system

CEO SUMMARY: Two trends are driving a movement to standardize laboratory operations across large regions: the integration of clinical care and the need for hospitals and health networks to continuously improve patient outcomes. THE DARK REPORT outlines an ambitious program in Michigan, wh…

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ACLA Sues HHS, Claims Flaws In How CMS Set 2018 Rates

CEO SUMMARY: When the American Clinical Laboratory Association filed its lawsuit Dec. 11 against the Secretary of Health and Human Services, one of its main claims is that HHS collected payment data on the clinical laboratory testing business in a manner that was deeply flawed. HHS then u…

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Lab Executives Declare Concerns about Fee Cuts

CEO SUMMARY: Members of Joint Venture Hospital Laboratories in Michigan anticipate that the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule rates being implemented under PAMA will lower payment from Medicare to less than the cost of running tests, especially for rural and critical access hospitals….

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Quest to Buy Outreach Lab from Hartford Health System

MORE LAB CONSOLIDATION is happening in Connecticut. Last week, Quest Diagnostics Incorporated announced it will purchase the outreach laboratory business of Clinical Laboratory Partners. CLP is a division of Hartford HealthCare, a health system with …

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Recognizing Laboratory Leadership

WHEN LABORATORY CORPORATION OF AMERICA CLOSES ON THE SALE and becomes the owner of DSI Laboratories, Inc., of Fort Meyers, Florida, it will mark the end of one of the nation’s oldest hospital laboratory outreach programs. I consider this to be a good news/bad news…

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Hospital Lab-Commercial Lab Partnering Is Upcoming Trend

CEO SUMMARY: At this year’s Executive War College in New Orleans, laboratory innovators convened to study hot new trends in the industry.They were surprised to learn that partnering relationships between hospital laboratories and commercial laboratories are finally gaining wider accepta…

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Tennessee Lab Network In Start-Up Preparations

CEO SUMMARY: Planning for the Middle Tennessee Healthcare Network’s proposed regional laboratory network took longer than expected, but not without good cause. Organizers of this laboratory network did their homework and created a solid business plan. Approval by CEOs from the participa…

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