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1. CMS Sticks by Decision to Deeply Cut Medicare Part B Lab Test Fees SHORT OF A MIRACLE, the clinical laboratory industry is less than three weeks from the single most financially-disruptive event of the past 30 years. On Jan. 1, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service…

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New Company Targets Lab Benefit Management

CEO SUMMARY: Soon, the nation’s newest laboratory benefit management company will begin working for Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina. Avalon Healthcare Solutions committed to BCBSSC that it can save money off what the health plan has been spending on clinical lab testing. It wil…

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Feds Show How Labs Took $500 Million from Medicare

CEO SUMMARY: In this second phase of the whistleblower case against three cardiology testing labs and a sales consulting company, federal prosecutors are requesting a jury trial against the individuals named in the court documents filed August 7. Federal investigators alleged t…

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Bio-Reference Labs Develops Regional & Niche Strategies

CEO SUMMARY: Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc. (BRLI) of Elmwood Park, New Jersey is a lab company on a roll. In just five years, it has grown from $66 million to more than $160 million in annual revenues. For regional laboratories across the country, BRLI’s business strategies demon…

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Patient ABNs Can Save On Expensive Send-outs

CEO SUMMARY: Throughout the United States, the growing number of high-priced, patent-protected specialty tests is eating into the laboratory budgets of many hospitals. At Hospital Consolidated Laboratories in Southfield, Michigan, this budget-busting threat triggered an innovative respons…

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Memphis Path Lab JV Purchased By AEL

CEO SUMMARY: Memphis Pathology Labs’ two hospital owners and their JV partner, MDS, surprised many with the sale of the lab venture to American Esoteric Laboratories (AEL). It’s the end of a successful joint venture between several hospitals and a commercial laboratory company. It als…

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National AP Firms Target Gastroenterology Groups

CEO SUMMARY: It’s a trend as yet invisible to the radar screens of most pathology groups. A new crop of specialty AP companies is targeting gastroenterology. In the past 36 months, several have posted phenomenal growth in both specimen volume and revenue. The heightened competition for …

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Specialty Laboratories, Enterix, Medicare, Blue Cross/Blue Shield Association

SPECIALTY LABORATORIES REPORTS THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL PERFORMANCE THIRD QUARTER FINANCIAL REPORTS for Specialty Laboratories, Inc. show that the company is returning to a more normal routine, following the two unusual and unrelated events which hit it during 2002. Special…

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Specialty Progresses With CA Lab Regulators

CEO SUMMARY: Earlier this month California laboratory regulators found Specialty Laboratories, Inc. to be “in substantial compliance with California clinical laboratory law.” This is an important milestone in restoring the lab company to full compliance with both state and federal labor…

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Specialty Labs Struggles To Maintain Operations

CEO SUMMARY: In April, Specialty Laboratories, Inc. disclosed that state and federal regulators had placed sanctions on the esoteric testing company, including revocation of its CLIA-88 license, subject to legal appeal. One main source of concern is the fact that, over the past 10 weeks, …

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