Inside the Lab Industry: In Bid to Cut Down Overutilization, Palmetto Issues Coverage Advisories on GI Staining, Breast Cancer Testing

Keith Kaplan, M.D., recalled the day he encountered that might be best described as a huge stain on slide staining. That was when he was practicing in the Midwest and a patient with suspected … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: Addressing the Coming Pathology Shortage

The United States has been facing a shortage of physicians for at least a decade now, and it is expected to grow more acute in the coming years. However, the shortage of pathologists is expected to … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: Laboratory M&A Heating Up Again—On a Smaller Scale

Laboratory transactions have simmered down over the past couple of years, due to a dearth of still-available acquisition targets and reimbursement cuts that have hit the pathology sector—and the value … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: Second Quarter Is Decent Showing for National Labs, Big Gain for Smaller Players

As the laboratory sector moves into the second half of 2014, is the flat growth that has defined the two large national players in recent years being left behind? New Jersey-based Quest Diagnostics, … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: Will Lab Sector Develop a Test for the Deadliest Form of Lung Cancer?

Molecular testing in combination with the practice of oncology has made great strides in the past decades. There are assays for tumor evaluation and even those that predict risk for some of the most … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: Toxicology Niche Shows Both Promise and Headwinds

Precision Toxicology has only been operating since 2011, yet it has managed to accomplish a great deal in just three years. The San Diego-based lab grew rapidly after launch, with its payroll … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: In a Tough Market, PeaceHealth Laboratories Tries to Drum Up New Revenue

If Ran Whitehead did not have the best high school-age job in the history of American adolescence, it was near the very top of the list.The chief executive officer of PeaceHealth Laboratories in … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: Direct Release of Patient Tests: It’s Now Legal, But Is It Consumer Friendly?

The first week in October is filled with significance. The U.S. Supreme Court began a new session, and the baseball playoffs kicked off, among other things. This year, a major change in health care … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: Labs Challenged in Creating Uniform Policies for Ebola Response

The first recorded cases of the Ebola virus in the United States have been unsettling sentinel events. The health care sector has appeared unsure in its ability to contain the handful of cases that … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: Quest, LabCorp Post Improved Volumes, Revenue for Third Quarter

Could the third quarter be the charm for the big national labs? Both Quest Diagnostics and LabCorp reported solid earnings for the quarter ending Sept. 30, indicating they were back on track toward … [Read more...]