R. Lewis Dark

Articles by R. Lewis Dark

Will Hospital Labs Anchor Integrated Care?

STEP BY STEP, HEALTHCARE IN THE UNITED STATES is moving toward a system in which clinical care is fully integrated and providers are reimbursed for the value they provide. This trend presents clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups with a challenge and an opportunity.

The challenge comes because being a value-added contributor requires labs to adopt

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Coming Soon to a Doctor’s Office Near You!

IT’S TIME FOR ALL CLINICAL LABS AND ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY GROUPS to pay closer attention to the advances in genetic medicine and precision medicine. Events are moving even faster than most experts have predicted.

As you will read on pages 3-4, two innovative health networks are on the verge of offering sophisticated genetic tests to patients visiting

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Theranos’ Elizabeth Holmes Prepares to Meet Justice

IT’S NOW CLEAR THAT TWO CLINICAL LABORATORY EXECUTIVES COMMITED one of the largest corporate fraud schemes in the past century.

Reading the federal indictments against Elizabeth Holmes and Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani unsealed Friday provides insights into the extensive scale and wide scope of the alleged fraud the two Theranos executives perpetrated against patients, doctors, and investors.

When

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Did National Labs Sign Value-based Payer Contracts?

IT IS AN IMPORTANT SIGN OF THE TIMES when press releases about the two new national lab services agreements that UnitedHealthcare just announced with Laboratory Corporation of America and Quest Diagnostics emphasize how value-based programs will be an important element in the health insurer’s relationships with the two national lab companies.

In fact, the joint announcements

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What Are Lab Industry’s True Major Issues?

WE’VE JUST FINISHED A FASCINATING WEEK IN NEW ORLEANS, at the 23rd annual Executive War College. More than 820 lab leaders were present to hear 104 interesting speakers in 65 unique sessions. Collectively, this group represented as much as $20 billion in annual clinical lab and pathology revenue.

These statistics are important for a strategic planning

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Discovery of Pathology Errors Shows Quality Flaws

MOST PATHOLOGISTS WOULD AGREE THAT PATIENTS AND THEIR PHYSICIANS have every right to expect a timely, accurate lab test result. Stated differently, patients and physicians implicitly trust that a pathology laboratory in the United States will not make errors in specimen processing (technical component) and diagnosis (professional component).

For these reasons, the recent federal Centers for

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Powerful Forces Are Reshaping Lab, Pathology

THERE IS NO BETTER WAY TO UNDERSTAND HOW THINGS ARE CHANGING within the house of laboratory medicine than to survey current news. Understanding why and how breaking news stories are indicators of deeply-rooted and forceful trends is essential for lab administrators and pathologists who want to keep their labs positioned to offer sophisticated and financially-sustainable

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