Month: September 2008

Phlebotomy Automation Likely To Be Next Trend

CEO SUMMARY: Here’s a prediction that automation of work processes for phlebotomy, specimen collection, and specimen transport may be the next trend. Unfolding developments in the United States are creating a situation parallel to what was seen in Japanese hospital laboratories more than two decades ago—and led to the world’s first automated solutions for clinical …

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September 29, 2008 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

It’s been a productive year for Michigan Co-Tenancy Laboratory (MCL) of Ann Arbor, Michigan, which performs reference and esoteric testing for its members. During 2008, four hospital systems have come aboard as new co-tenants. They are: Baptist Health, Montgomery, Alabama; Bay Medical Center, Panama City, Florida; Mercy Memorial Hospital, Monroe, Michigan; and Northeast Alabama Regional …

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Current Review of CLIA Standards Intended to Address Laboratory PT

EFFORTS ARE UNDER WAY TO REVIEW existing requirements for laboratory certification under the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA). CLIA legislation was a response by Congress to widely-publicized failings in the quality and performance of certain cytology and office laboratories during the 1980s. It has been 16 years since the existing requirements took effect. It …

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Implementation Date For ICD-10 Is Proposed

CEO SUMMARY: Even though the transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 will not be required until 2011, laboratories and pathology groups should have a transition plan in place. ICD-10’s 155,000 seven-digit codes will replace the 17,000 five-digit codes of ICD-9. Because of major changes in the design of ICD-10, extensive training of laboratory coders will be …

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DeVry University, Retail Walk-In Clinics, NeoGenomics, Clarient, Clinical Lab Partners, Patient ID Theft

MED TECH SHORTAGE CAUSES DEVRY UNIVERSITY TO OFFER MT DEGREE IN RESPONSE TO THE GROWING SHORTAGE of skilled lab scientists and medical technologists, DeVry University of Phoenix, Arizona, is offering a new bachelor’s degree program in Clinical Laboratory Science (CLS). What is notable about this development is that DeVry is a private, for-profit organization and …

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Lean Six Sigma Takes Root in Labs & Hospitals

LAST WEEK, MORE THAN 300 ENTHUSIASTIC LAB AND HOSPITAL PROFESSIONALS from 11 different countries around the globe crowded into Atlanta for the Second Annual Lab Quality Confab. They were gathered to hear the latest success stories and breakthroughs in how laboratories and hospitals are using quality management methods like Lean and Six Sigma. If anyone …

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Illinois Pathologists Dodge Medicaid CP Payment Cut

CEO SUMMARY: Pathologists in Illinois acted swiftly to this month’s announcement that the Illinois Medicaid program would cease to directly pay pathologists directly for clinical pathology professional services. The new policy was to take effect on October 1, 2008. As this issue of THE DARK REPORT goes to press, there is breaking news that educational …

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Two U.S. Labs Pursuing ISO 15189 Accreditation

CEO SUMMARY: In their first public interviews, the nation’s only two laboratories to seek ISO 15189:2007 accreditation share insights about the process, along with its challenges and benefits. Both laboratories are in the final stages of implementation and expect to earn accreditation by year end. Their achievement will represent the next advance in how laboratories …

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Health Record Databanks Are Different Than RHIOs

CEO SUMMARY: Forget CHINs from the 1990s and RHIOs from this decade. The future of regional health data repositories may turn out to be a patient-controlled model, often called a “Health Record Bank” (HRB). Here is the lab industry’s first look at this nascent movement. HRBs are under development in Louisville, Kentucky, the State of …

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