Piper says LabCorp, UnitedHealth relationship remains 'healthy'
Piper Jaffray analyst William Quirk says he found on UnitedHealth's (UNH) policy website that Beacon Laboratory Benefit Solutions is expanding to Texas on March 1, 2017. BeaconLBS is a front-end support tool designed by LabCorp (LH) and UnitedHealthcare to ensure physicians order the correct test for the patient as well as to curb unnecessary testing, Quirk tells investors in a research note. He believes the Texas expansion suggests the LabCorp and UnitedHealth relationship "remains healthy" despite Quest Diagnostics (DGX) and Optum signing a billing process arrangement. The move into Texas could increase LabCorp's organic revenue growth by 1.4% through Q3 of 2017 to Q2 of 2018, or $91M in revenue, Quirk estimates. He reiterates an Overweight rating on the shares with a $156 price target. LH UNH DGX