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June 10, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Digital pathology is coming in a big way to two regions in two different nations. In the United Kingdom, it was announced on May 30 that the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation in the north of England signed a five-year contract with Sectra of Linköping, Swed…

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Why Pharma, Private Equity Want to Reshape Lab Industry

CEO SUMMARY: A disruptive force that involves precision medicine, pharmaceutical companies, and venture capital investors is poised to reshape the clinical laboratory industry. Genetic knowledge makes it possible to match cancer drugs to specific mutations. Pharma companies and professio…

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Direct Access Test Laboratories Targeted by NY State Attorney General

CEO SUMMARY: Following an investigation of two lab companies providing direct access testing in New York State, the New York Attorney General entered into agreements with each lab company. Direct Laboratories, LLC, of Mandeville, Louisiana, agreed to cease offering DAT services in New Yor…

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New Company Tracks Details and Prices For 60,000 Molecular and Genetic Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Advances in the speed, accuracy, and cost of next-generation gene sequencing making it possible for clinical labs to create thousands of new tests. How many new tests? NextGxDx, an information technology company, says the nation’s clinical laboratories are introducing new m…

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LabCorp, Sysmex Will Collaborate To Develop Liquid Biopsy Tests

ANOTHER SIGN OF HEALTHCARE’S TRANSFORMATION came on June 1 when Sysmex Corporation of Kobe, Japan, and Laboratory Corporation of America in Burlington, North Carolina, announced a unique collaboration to develop blood-based molecular diagnostic tests for cancer. The collaboration call…

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Tricare, DOD Not Paying for MoPath Codes, LDTs

CEO SUMMARY: It turns out that labs serving Tricare patients are going unpaid for certain LDTs, molecular, and genetic tests. The issue of nonpayment began in January 2013 when Tricare stopped paying for these tests that were billed under the new molecular CPT codes that replaced the prev…

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Several Laboratory Companies On Road to Public Stock Offering

ONE OF THE FEW PUBLIC STOCK OFFERINGS involving a lab testing company was completed last Wednesday. Exact Sciences, Inc., of Madison, Wisconsin sold $69 million worth of new shares to the public. Exact Sciences has proprietary diagnostic technology that it describes as “for noninv…

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Many Questions About FDA Regulation of LDTs

CEO SUMMARY: Ask most pathologists and laboratory administrators about the FDA’s intent to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs), and they will likely answer that it is to control web-based direct-to-consumer lab testing companies and the rapidly- growing number of proprie…

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Two Big Pathology Groups Tap Investors for Capital

CEO SUMMARY: Pathology supergroups in California and Tennessee have each announced major recapitalizations. Both groups will use some of the money to cash out retiring partners. The balance of the new capital will be used to expand their businesses. With so many baby boomer pathologists a…

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“June 28, 2004 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

There’s early evidence that health benefit costs for 2005 may only increase by a single digit percentage. Hewitt Associates is gathering data from 160 large companies for its annual healthcare cost survey. It reports that an average increase of 13.7% appears likely, compared to a 1…

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