Issue: Volume X No. 5 - April 14, 2003

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Toronto Labs Stressed in Response To SARS Outbreak

THIS ISSUE OF THE DARK REPORT BRINGS SOME OF THE FIRST DETAILS about how the SARS outbreak in the Canadian Province of Ontario is causing widespread, sustained disruption to hospitals, laboratories, and office-based physicians, particularly in the Toronto metropolitan area. When the earliest SARS patients showed up in Ontario hospitals, international healthcare alerts had yet to be issued. Alarmingly …

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Toronto Hospital Labs Cope With SARS Impact

CEO SUMMARY: Canada has become one of the world’s hot spots for SARS. Concern about the unexpected number of hospital workers who contracted the disease triggered a halt to all but the most life-threatening patient care needs in many hospitals in Ontario. The manner in which this disease is transmitted is causing lab administrators in …

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Commercial Labs React To Ontario SARS Outbreak

CEO SUMMARY: Ontario’s SARS outbreak has affected commercial laboratory companies in the province. Because so many healthcare workers were contracting SARS, laboratory directors at MDS Diagnostic Services took swift action to protect both patients and laboratory staff—to prevent exposure and transmission of SARS as well as to insure that no labs would be lost because …

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LabCorp’s MacMahon Provides Insights About Lab Marketplace

CEO SUMMARY: Pathologists will be particularly interested in what Thomas MacMahon has to say about the evolution of laboratory medicine. As Chairman, President, and CEO of Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings, he has continuous access to some of the best strategic analysis about the laboratory testing marketplace and its evolution. MacMahon has several surprising predictions …

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SARS Challenges Met With New Technology

CEO SUMMARY: When SARS began to spread around the globe, the United States was fortunate to escape the type of outbreak which still dogs Hong Kong and Toronto. Had SARS cases appeared in the U.S. a week earlier, the first affected cities would have experienced widespread concern, reduced tourism and economic activity, as well as …

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“April 14, 2003 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Lab executives and pathologists concerned about closed panel HMOs should closely study a recent Supreme Court decision. On April 2, the court issued a ruling that supports a state’s right to enact “any willing provider” laws. Kentucky had passed two laws requiring health plans to accept all out-of-network physicians, hospitals, laboratories, and other healthcare providers, …

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