Commentary and Opinion by R. Lewis Dark

Primary Care’s Shift to Telehealth and Pharmacies

Primary care patients are a major source of lab test referrals to the nation’s clinical laboratories. Until recent years, the typical primary care clinic was located in or near the medical campus of the local hospital and was probably owned by the doctors who staffed the clinic.  Three things are changing this traditional model of …

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Artificial Intelligence: Coming at Light Speed!

YOU HAVE PROBABLY  NOTICED THAT THE TERM “ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE” is now part of the description for a growing proportion of the new products and services being offered to your clinical laboratory or anatomic pathology group. Regardless of whether it is automation, analyzers, or software, the claim is that artificial intelligence (AI) is integral to the …

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Are Live Lab Industry Conferences Returning?

For several months, many of you have used conversations and email to encourage us to conduct a live Executive War College before the end of 2021. It was because of this support that we arranged a hotel in a state that has supported a return to more normal activities. Thus, our conference will take place …

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What Labs and Pathology Groups Can Expect in 2022

IN RECENT WEEKS, OUR EDITORIAL TEAM has been developing session topics and speakers for the upcoming Executive War College Presents: Preparing Your Clinical Laboratory and Pathology Group for Post-Pandemic Success, which happens on Nov. 2-3, 2021. It has been an eye-opening process because of how many forces for change are at work. This is true …

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Goodbye Clinical Labs! Hello Genetic Testing Labs!

IS THE CLASSIC MODEL OF THE INDEPENDENT PATHOLOGIST-OWNED CLINICAL LABORATORY that is the sole source provider of all routine, reference, and esoteric testing to physicians in its community on its way to extinction? There is strong evidence to support a “yes” answer to that question.  The heyday of the local, pathologist-owned independent lab company was …

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Interesting New Surprises for Lab Leaders

Unexpected and surprising things continue to happen in the clinical laboratory industry. You might consider that to be one unifying theme to the intelligence briefings we present in this issue of The Dark Report.  For example, a pathology lab company in New Jersey sued UnitedHealthcare (UHC) seeking payment for 46,400 molecular COVID- 19 test claims …

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Major Changes Coming to Primary Care

For more than a decade, Medicare officials and healthcare policymakers have told the medical establishment that the primary goal must be to keep people healthy and out of hospitals, and to help patients manage their chronic conditions so as to avoid acute events.  Stated another way, the goal is to shift the U.S. healthcare system …

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Goodbye Pandemic! Hello Ransomware!

Being first to predict an important trend’s arrival or departure can bring accolades for perceptive foresight or rebukes for getting it wrong. This issue of The Dark Report puts us on the record for making early predictions on two trends, each with the potential to financially make or break your clinical laboratory or pathology group.  …

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Preparing Your Lab for Post-Pandemic Success

MOST OF US WOULD CONSIDER IT GOOD NEWS that the number of Americans vaccinated continues to grow even as the daily number of new COVID-19 cases and deaths has fallen since its peak last winter.  Data from USAFacts.com, a website developed by teams from Penn Wharton and Stanford University, show that as of May 3:  …

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Lab Professions ‘Haves,’ ‘Have Nots,’ and Thieves

ONCE AGAIN, THE LATEST NEWS OF IMPORTANCE in the clinical laboratory industry includes disparate topics that include legal/regulatory, new technology in anatomic pathology, fraud involving lab testing, and more consolidation in the in vitro diagnostics (IVD) industry.  You will find coverage on all of these topics and more in this issue of The Dark Report. …

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