Month: May 2014

Community Labs Arrive at a Crossroads

TODAY, COMMUNITY LABORATORIES ARE FACING THEIR TOUGHEST TIMES EVER. My definition of a community lab includes independent clinical lab companies, hospital lab outreach programs, and pathology groups serving community hospitals. Never before have community laboratories had to deal with so many discrete market trends and financial setbacks as have surfaced in the past 36 months. …

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Speakers in New Orleans Offer Important Insights

CEO SUMMARY: In coming years, there will be multiple challenges and opportunities for the nation’s clinical laboratories and pathology groups. That was one common theme heard from the 90 speakers and panelists at the 19th annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management that took place on April 29-30 in New Orleans. Lab managers …

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Pathology Consolidation Underway in Washington

CEO SUMMARY: Two regional pathology super-practices have emerged in Washington State. In each case, acquisitions and mergers are fueling the growth of the two large pathology groups. In Western Washington and the Seattle metro, CellNetix is the dominant pathology group, with 53 physicians. The sphere of influence for Incyte Diagnostics and its 40 pathologists is …

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UCLA, Centre to Open Lab in China to Offer High Quality Testing

CEO SUMMARY: To fill the unmet demand for quality clinical laboratory testing in China, a partnership between pathologists at UCLA and Centre Testing International Corp. of Shenzen have built and will operate a lab facility in Shanghai. The new lab will open by late September and will initially provide core lab testing services to pharmaceutical …

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One Key to Lab Success Is Daily Performance Metrics

CEO SUMMARY: Every clinical lab today must deal with the twin challenges of performing an increased volume of tests while being paid less money. That’s why a handful of innovative lab organizations now use management information systems with analytics that provide detailed, real-time metrics on all aspects of their lab’s business and operations. Instead of …

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May 19, 2014 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

How about a hospital that doesn’t have a medical laboratory but issues lab test reports to patients? This unusual development happened in India recently. The Free Press Journal of Mumbai, India, reported earlier this month that government health officials had conducted a surprise inspection of the City Hospital at MP Nagar, Bhopal. Inspectors found that, …

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