Month: June 2006

Turning Up the Heat in California

FOR THE PAST TWO DECADES, CALIFORNIA HAS BEEN A PACE SETTER in healthcare and the clinical laboratory industry. Events in recent weeks seem to indicate that California will continue to move ahead of other regions in developments that influence the clinical laboratory industry. First, there is the impending birth of a new laboratory company in …

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New Lab Company to Buy Westcliff, Health Line

CEO SUMMARY: In Southern California, no one’s talking for the record, but everyone’s talking about the impending acquisition of Westcliff Medical Laboratories and Health Line Clinical Laboratories by a new laboratory company. The deals are expected to close by the end of this month. The new laboratory company is likely to be led by Douglas …

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Lab MUEs Reconsidered, CMS Changes Course

CEOSUMMARY: It may bear are moment of common sense. Last month, Medicare officials stated their intent to exclude clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology CPT codes from the “Phase One” implementation of Medically Unbelievable Edits (MUEs). It is a positive step, and comes in response to educational efforts by a consortium which included 60 associations and …

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Merck’s HPV Vaccine Cleared For Use by FDA Last Week

IT’S BEEN A RACE between two pharma giants to get an HPV (Human papillomavirus) vaccine into the market. Last Thursday, Merck & Co., Inc. jumped ahead of GlaxoSmithKline. That was the day that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) cleared Merck’s Gardisil® for use in the United States. GlaxoSmithKline indicates that it expects to submit …

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California Attorney General Subpoenas Quest & LabCorp

LITTLE IS KNOWN about the reasons why the Attorney General (AG) of California recently served subpoenas to Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Laboratory Corporation of America. News of the subpoenas surfaced when both laboratory companies dis- closed the news in regulatory filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). Quest Diagnostics was first to disclose this …

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More Labs Opt to Use and Lab Automation

CEO SUMMARY: Many of the nation’s more innovative laboratory organizations are paying closer attention to laboratory productivity and operational performance. To achieve improved operations, these labs are putting three tools to greater use. They are using targeted automation solutions and giving middleware a greater role in the effort to squeeze ever more productivity from every …

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Good News for Regional Labs Competing Against Nationals

CAN REGIONAL LABORATORIES compete effectively against the two blood brothers? This question lies at the heart of the business strategy for most hospital laboratory outreach programs in the United States. After all, in their community, the toughest competitors they face are likely to be Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and Laboratory Corporation of America. These lab behemoths …

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June 12, 2006 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Many changes are unfolding across the laboratory industry, so we begin with some of the more significant developments involving people: TRANSITIONS •One of clinical pathology’s respected veterans is preparing to retire. Elkin Simson, M.D., Medical Director at the Center for Clinical Laboratories at The Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City, will retire effective June …

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