Ireland is dealing with a cervical cancer screening scandal that reaches back to laboratories in the United States. In recent months, the Irish public has learned that more than 200 women wrongly got negative Pap test results over a multi-year period. Many of these women did not learn of the erroneous test results for years after
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In Sebastopol, Calif., the financially-troubled Sonoma West Medical Center (SWMC) dropped a controversial drugs-of-abuse testing program. The following month, without the revenue from the drug testing program, 37-bed SWMC lost $1.4 million. In 2017, the hospital entered into a pass-through billing arrangement with a Florida attorney, Aaron Durall and his lab company, Reliance Laboratory Testing.
CEO Summary: In the second installment of our exclusive two- part interview, the executive directors of two regional laboratory networks formed in the 1990s (one in Michigan and one in Washington State) share their assessment of why their respective lab networks have performed strongly over the past two decades. They also identify the reasons why
CEO SUMMARY: Recently the South Carolina Society of Pathologists (SCSP) requested that the state’s Board of Medical Examiners review the legality, under state law, of certain technical component/professional component (TC/PC) arrangements between referring physicians and pathologists. SCSP asked that the Board assess how TC/PC arrangements might violate state law, constitute illegal fee splitting, compromise patient
CEO SUMMARY: Last month, the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners advised all physicians in the state that certain arrangements for technical component/professional component (TC/PC) services between referring physicians and pathologists may be in violation of state law. These actions came in response to a letter from the South Carolina Society of Pathologists. The letter
CEO SUMMARY: UniPath ended a long search for a business partner with ample capital and resources to help it continue its aggressive rates of growth in specimen volume, market share, and revenue. UniPath announced the sale of its technical laboratories to American Pathology Partners of Brentwood, Tennessee, along with a business agreement to provide pathology
CEO SUMMARY: In September, Anthem filed three lawsuits against pathology groups in Virginia, seeking refunds and punitive damages of up to $1million from each pathology group for pathology professional services provided in hospital labs by these pathology groups during the period 2001 through 2005. These three cases have disturbing implications for pathologists, as well as
CEO SUMMARY: Three methods are available to specialist physician groups to capture anatomic pathology revenues generated by their patient population. Two methods have been around a long time. The pathology condo lab method is a new ploy. Of the three, one is generally accepted and more easily meets state and federal compliance requirements. But the
CEO SUMMARY: Since 1987, the clinical lab industry has endured almost non-stop cuts in the absolute level of Medicare reimbursement for lab testing. But the time may be ripe for laboratories to work together to effect far-reaching reforms to Medicare laboratory payment policies. Just as the Institute of Medicine issued its 12 recommendations for reforming
EMERGING BUSINESS OPPORTUNITY IN TISSUE BANKS & CANCER DATA
EVEN AS THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM squeezes pathologist incomes in a variety of specific professional services, it opens up business opportunities in other segments of the pathology field.
Researchers and pharmaceutical companies want clinical data on cancer cases. They also have a need to evaluate a wide range of