Issue: Volume X No. 9 - July 7, 2003

Failure to Provide “Right Care” Documented by Study

EVEN AS THE HOUSE–SENATE CONFERENCE COMMITTEE determines the fate of the 20% co-payment for laboratory tests, our lead story in this issue of THE DARK REPORT looks at the impact of a remarkable study on the quality of healthcare delivered to the average American patient just published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM). …

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Boost for Labs: Study Reveals Big Care Gap

CEO SUMMARY: This research project involved 13,000 patients and a detailed review of medical records. The startling conclusion: the health system provides proper diagnosis and treatment only 55% of the time! Because of the study’s depth, it provides a compelling argument that the nation’s providers have plenty of room for improvement. This bodes well for …

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HHS Plans to Encourage National EMR System

CEO SUMMARY: Last week, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) announced two major steps toward the universal electronic health record. One project involves the licensing of CAP’s SNOMED CT system to make it available to all healthcare providers in the United States. The second project is a commission to the Institute of …

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GE Medical Systems To Buy Triple G Systems Group

HERE’S AN ACQUISITION with interesting ramifications for both clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology group practices. GE Medical Systems Information Technologies, (GEMSIT) a business division of General Electric Company, will acquire Triple G Systems Group, Inc. of Toronto, Canada. The purchase price is US$54.8 million and the deal will close in the third quarter 2003. GEMSIT’s …

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Online Distance Training Helps Labs Recruit & Retain More MTs

CEO SUMMARY: One surprise about online distance learning (ODL) programs for medical technologists (MT) is that even small hospital laboratories can use them to recruit and train more MTs. Across the United States, a growing number of labs are experiencing a shortage of MTs in their local community. A handful of early-adopter laboratories has already …

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New York Labs Fight Medicare 20% Co-Pay

CEO SUMMARY: Participating laboratories in the New York State Clinical Laboratory Association (NYSCLA) generated a flood of calls to their state’s congressional delegation in recent weeks. Included in their bill for lab testing, patients got a flyer telling them about pending legislation that would impose a 20% Medicare lab test co-pay and asking that they …

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“July 7, 2003 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Employers should brace for another round of higher health insurance costs. The early sign of more double-digit premium increases comes from California. Directors of CALPERS (California Public Employees Retirement System) voted to raise member HMO premiums by an average of between 16.7% and 18.4% for 2004. This comes on top of last year’s average premium …

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