Month: May 2005

Urology Revenue Loss Drives AP Lab Condos

CEO SUMMARY: Urologists are motivated to operate anatomic pathology laboratory condominiums as a way to replace lost income after Medicare imposed a major reimbursement cut for a key urology procedure. Capturing revenue from ancillary services is a hot topic within the urology profession. Here are details about this exploding trend and why there is interest …

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“May 30, 2005 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

It’s been a revolving door for senior executives at Specialty Laboratories, Inc. during the past seven weeks. Gone by resignation is CFO Kevin Sayer (effective May 16). Gone by elimination of positions are Dan R. Angress, Sr. VP/Business Development (April 8) and Cynthia K. French, Ph.D., VP/Chief Science Officer (April 8). Gone by termination without …

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LIS Market Evolving To Serve New Needs

CEO SUMMARY: Ongoing reimbursement declines, coupled with other key factors, are pushing labs to seek new capabilities for their laboratory information systems (LIS). Another influence is the growth of molecular diagnostic programs in hospital labs. Molecular testing places unique demands on an LIS, which may further motivate labs to acquire newest-generation IT solutions versus upgrading …

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For Molecular Tests, Evaluate All Factors

CEO SUMMARY: When this hospital lab adopted molecular screening tests for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoaea, physicians soon noticed a change in the rate of false positives. In researching the performance of the molecular assays compared to cultures, pathologists at this laboratory gained a better appreciation of how the introduction of a new molecular assay …

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Laboratories Lead Healthcare on Quality Systems

IS THE REST OF HEALTHCARE CATCHING UP TO THE LABORATORY INDUSTRY when it comes to the use of quality management systems like ISO-9000, Six Sigma, and Lean? In the May 2, 2005 issue of Modern Healthcare, there’s a major story on quality management systems and how some hospitals are using same to drive major improvements …

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Lab Innovators Point Way At Executive War College

CEO SUMMARY: Now in its tenth year, this Executive War College attracted a record crowd, including laboratory leaders from Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia. The unexpected finding was that, along with the growing acceptance of Lean, Six Sigma and other quality management systems by the nation’s first-rank lab organizations, assertive surveying of physician and …

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Carilion Health Acquires Chi Lab Consultancy

CEO SUMMARY: In selling Park City Solutions Laboratory Services Group to Carilion Health System, Park City Solutions is returning to its core competency in healthcare information technology consulting services. For Carilion Health System, this acquisition puts it firmly in the national lab consulting service arena. Carilion will operate its laboratory consultancy in total independence of …

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Phlebotomists in Calif. Undergoing Certification

CEO SUMMARY: State certification of phlebotomists is under way in the Golden State. By April 9, 2006, all phlebotomists in California will need to maintain state certification. This development adds complexity to laboratory management in California. However, there are no signs that other states intend to follow California’s lead in requiring certification of phlebotomists. WHEN …

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“Coming Out” Party In Atlanta for IQLM

CEO SUMMARY: It was like a debutante ball for the fledgling Institute for Quality in Laboratory Medicine (IQLM). Over three days, thought leaders in healthcare and laboratory testing tackled the issue of how laboratory medicine can improve patient safety and contribute to higher-quality health outcomes. Key themes emerged with the potential to impact all laboratories …

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Ramifications From The “H2N2 Virus Affair”

CEO SUMMARY: Here’s the story, with new details, about how a patient sample, cross-contaminated with a “deadly” strain of influenza virus from a proficiency test kit, triggered alarm bells at the highest levels of public health in Canada, the United States, and the World Health Organization. It’s story that has few heroes and reveals the …

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