Issue: Volume VIII No. 14 - October 15, 2001

Biological Warfare Threat Takes Center Stage

NEWS THAT ANTHRAX SURFACED IN NEW YORK CITY AND WASHINGTON, DC comes just as we send this issue to the printer. It follows by days the discovery of anthrax in Florida. Not surprisingly, the fear of attacks by biological and chemical weapons is taking center stage in the United States. It now dominates media coverage …

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Nation’s Anthrax Cases Bring Bioterror to Labs

CEO SUMMARY: America’s clinical laboratories are soon to be enlisted in the war against terrorism. Concerns about chemical and biological terrorist attacks have reached high levels following the death of a Florida man from pulmonary anthrax and the discovery of letters containing anthrax mailed to Tom Brokaw of NBC News and Senator Tom Daschle of …

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Washington G-2, AACC, Cerner, IBM, Visible Genetics, Bio-Reference Labs

LAB MEETINGS CONTINUE WITH STRONG ATTENDANCE DESPITE THE HASSLES that now come with cross-country travel, laboratorians throughout the United States continue to support industry meetings. Traditionally the largest lab meeting of the fall season, “Lab Institute 2001” expects good attendance. Dennis Weissman, Publisher of Washington G- 2 Intelligence Reports and producer of the conference, tells …

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NYC Lab Hand-Entered Reqs After Terrorist Acts

CEO SUMMARY: Crisis management was the watchword at Centralized Laboratory Services, Inc. of New York City following the terrorist attacks on September 11. Damage around the World Trade Center knocked out the communications link between the lab and a data server which transmitted electronic test orders and results. The lab found itself forced to hand-enter …

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“Lean” Management Helps Bay Care’s Lab Boost Quality

CEO SUMMARY: All laboratory managers and pathologists face the same challenge: do more testing with less money. This challenge is further complicated by the fact that there are inadequate numbers of trained laboratory professionals available to staff the nation’s laboratories. Now, early-adopter labs are turning to management methods developed outside of healthcare as a way …

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“October 15, 2001 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

It’s a sign of the times for managed healthcare. Pacificare Health System, Inc. will offer its first preferred provider organization (PPO) health plan. the PPO is being marketed in California, Oklahoma, and Texas. Enrollment starts this month. Until now Pacificare’s business model was solely built around a fully-capitated, provider-assumes-all-risk arrangement. But during the past 24 …

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