Month: August 2008

Two Healthcare Trends Collide on These Pages

THIS ISSUE OF THE DARK REPORT YOU NOW HOLD IN YOUR HANDS demonstrates the perfect intersection of two trends. One trend, transparency in health outcomes and a public expectation of reduced medical errors, is a direct threat to laboratories which fail to deliver high-quality and accurate lab test results. The other trend is the way …

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First U.S. Labs Nearing ISO:15189 Accreditation

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratories, hospitals, and other health-care providers in the United States will increasingly be required to adopt quality management systems (QMS) as part of their regular operational routine. This is consistent with trends in other developed countries. Several U.S. laboratories are in the process of gaining accreditation under “ISO:1519 Medical Laboratories.” These developments will …

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Independent Labs Won’t Get Medicare PQRI Bonuses

CEO SUMMARY: Medicare does not intend to make bonus payments this year to independent labs currently reporting quality information for breast and colon cancer cases. The federal claims payment system is unable to pay independent labs for participating in the federal physician quality reporting initiative (PQRI). But physician pathology groups participating in PQRI will receive …

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MT/MLT Distance Learning Goal of Collaboration

CEO SUMMARY: To encourage more students to pursue medical technology (MT) and medical laboratory technician (MLT) degrees, ARUP Laboratories and Weber State University (WSU) are collaborating to promote the distance learning programs offered at WSU. Online students can work any shift and take courses anytime (day, night, or on weekends), thereby making education more accessible …

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Successful Laboratories in the Future Will Brand Themselves, Add Value

“There is an opportunity for the laboratories to become more proactive with health plans. Pathologists are reading the literature and know specifically which diagnostics tests should be performed before expensive imaging procedures are ordered.” —Kerry Kaplan, President, Healthcare Connections CEO SUMMARY: At the most recent Executive War College, Kerry Kaplan, President of Healthcare Connections in …

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Canadian Pathologists Start PT Testing for ER/PR

CEO SUMMARY: Experts point out that widely publicized episodes of lab testing deficiencies in several provinces are signs that chronic underfunding of lab testing services is a key factor in these failures. To restore public confidence in breast cancer testing, the Canadian Association of Pathologists is developing a voluntary proficiency testing system for hospital labs …

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August 18, 2008 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

There’s a new lab company in New York City. Manhattan Physicians Laboratory, Inc. (MPL) was recently launched by two former executives from Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. Thomas Golubic is MPL’s President and William Nouri is Vice President and Lab Operations Director. Both executives worked at Quest Diagnostics for 20 years. Last month, MPL disclosed that it …

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