Month: April 2022

Despite the Challenges, Labs Are Prevailing

EVENTS IN THE WORLD, THE UNITED STATE, AND THE U.S. HEALTHCARE SYSTEM over the past two years have challenged clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups in unprecedented ways.  Stand back for a moment and consider what has unfolded since Jan. 1, 2020. Cases of SARS-CoV-2 exploded across the globe. At the same time, nations locked …

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‘Lab Workforce Crisis Takes Top Spot’–CAP Today

CEO SUMMARY: Just weeks ago, CAP Today characterized the current crisis in staffing clinical laboratories as going “from simmer to rolling boil.” Demand for medical technologists and other certified laboratory scientists far exceeds the supply. Consequently, many labs now use overtime and temp workers to handle daily testing. But that is a strategy that leads …

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U.K.-based CliniSys Acquires Nashville-based ApolloLIMS

CONSOLIDATION IN THE CLINICAL LABORATORY INFORMATICS INDUSTRY took another step forward with the announcement that CliniSys (the parent of Sunquest Information Systems) was acquiring Nashville-based ApolloLIMS. This move may also further muddy the line between classic laboratory information systems (LIS) and traditional laboratory information management systems (LIMS). The result may be a stronger LIMS market, …

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Problems at Theranos Described in Balwani Trial

CEO SUMMARY: Former Theranos President and COO Ramesh Balwani is now being tried in federal court in San Jose, Calif. As with the earlier trial of Elizabeth Holmes, questions will arise about whether executives or clinical lab directors bear ultimate responsibility for lab test results. Balwani’s lawyers have painted him as an investor who ceded …

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Anticipating Change in COVID-19 Test Volume

CEO SUMMARY: New and more easily transmitted variants of SARS-CoV-2 are causing surges and declines in both the daily number of COVID-19 tests and new cases. This presents pathologists and lab administrators with two common problems: how to scale a COVID-19 testing program and how to staff that program. David Dexter, CEO at Sonora Quest …

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In Civil Suit, DOJ Seeks Triple Damages for Lab Test Fraud

CERTAIN CLINICAL LABORATORY EXECUTIVES AND LAB SALES PROFESSIONALS may soon be made to pay where it hurts most—in their wallets.  The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) announced on April 4 that it had joined a civil complaint against 18 defendants, all of whom are alleged to have violated the False Claims Act, Anti-Kickback Statute, and …

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Decline in COVID-19 Test Orders Signals a Shift

MIGHT THE FEDERAL HEALTHCARE ESTABLISHMENT BE CLOSE TO DECLARING AN END TO THE SARS-COV2 PANDEMIC and—given the ongoing decline in the daily number of new cases and deaths—that COVID-19 is expected to become an endemic disease?  The SARS-CoV-2 statistics posted daily by the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) show that, as of …

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