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2020’s Top 10 Lab Stories Are Without Precedent!

Yes! COVID-19 pandemic was the dominant story, but other events this year are reshaping lab services

CEO SUMMARY: There are several surprises in The Dark Report’s list of the Top 10 Lab Stories for 2020. Despite the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic dominating every aspect of clinical care, social...

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Lab Market Update UK Postpones Mass COVID Testing Plan Due to Questions of Accuracy

IN THE UNITED KINGDOM, A MASS COVID-19 TESTING PLAN called “Operation Moonshot” is on hold until at least the end of January. Under the plan, health ministers sought to increase daily SARS-CoV-2 testing from 430,000 to 10 million Englanders per day.  ...

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OIG Says Medicare Spending On Testing Increased in 2019

Savings from PAMA Price Cuts Exceeded by More Spending on Genetic Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Newly-released data indicates that Medicare officials are falling far short of their goal to decrease the total amount of money spent annually on Part B clinical laboratory tests. That is one finding by the federal Office of the Inspector General in its report of Medica...

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IVD Update THE DARK REPORT's Ranking of 2019’s Top 10 IVD Companies

Each year’s rankings show how acquisitions are a major way the biggest firms get bigger

One trend continues to reshape the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry year after year: acquisitions.  Since the 1990s, the biggest IVD companies have frequently used acquisitions to boost their revenue and keep shareholders happy. But acquisition...

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Lab Regulatory Update Congress Passes Bill to Ban Surprise Medical Bills

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, out-of-network clinical laboratories may no longer be allowed to bill patients for lab tests performed in certain settings under a law both houses of Congress passed on Dec. 21.  The COVID relief bill includes a ban on unexpected m...

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REGULATORY • COMPLIANCE • LEGAL UPDATE New Federal Rule: Non-Physician Providers Can Supervise Testing

Medicare’s interim rule first issued in May because of COVID-19 now published as a final rule

SUMMARY: It’s the latest example of how interim rules issued earlier this year in response to the pandemic are being made permanent by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Issued on Dec. 2, this new final rule allows certain non-physician practitioners—includi...

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Managing Labs in Two Dimensions in 2021

EXPECT 2021 TO BE JUST AS CHALLENGING A YEAR for lab management as was 2020. This will be true not only because of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. Other important factors will complicate the operation of clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups in the new year.  One reason is the lab management duality that I described in t...

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