Issue: Volume XI No. 17 - December 13, 2004

TennCare’s Collapse and Its Lessons for Labs

HOW MANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE IMPENDING COLLAPSE of TennCare, the radical Medicaid experiment launched by Tennessee in 1994? It now consumes one-third of the Tennessee state budget and Governor Phil Bredesen announced that the program will probably be ended. It is likely that Tennessee will reinstate a standard Medicaid program. I believe …

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Change Beneath Surface Marks 2004 Lab Stories

CEO SUMMARY: Presented here are THE DARK REPORT’S “Ten Biggest Lab Stories of 2004.” These are the events we consider most important to the lab industry during the year. However, in contrast to past years, 2004 lacked the types of blockbuster events which radically change and reshape the competitive landscape. Instead, 2004 was a relatively …

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British Early-Adopter Labs Respond to New Trends

CEO SUMMARY: On which side of the Atlantic are clinical labs better operated? This February will be the third consecutive year that progressive lab leaders from the USA and the United Kingdom convene in England to explore each country’s laboratory best practices, to swap innovations, and to expand their professional networks. “Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine” …

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Direct Access Testing Must Serve Consumers

CEO SUMMARY: As growing numbers of people enroll in consumer-directed healthcare benefit programs, laboratories will need to develop ways to directly service the needs of patients interested in ordering their own laboratory tests. That’s one reason Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories was motivated to develop and offer direct access testing to consumers in Spokane, Washington during …

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Less Complex IT Technologies Will Propel Use of The Internet

EXPERTS in information technologies (IT) predict that the next paradigm shift in IT will come from reducing the complexity of software and hardware. Analyst Steven Milunovic of Merrill Lynchstates that, as complex IT systems are simplified for users, every single employee will be expected to use IT technology. This will increase the number of Internet …

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Bar Codes vs. RFID Tags: Labs Will Need Both

CEO SUMMARY: Take everything you liked about bar code tracking. Eliminate the problems of reading bar codes. What results is the promise of radio frequency identification devices, or RFIDs. In the United States, it is already finding uses in blood transfusion, patient identification, and specimen tracking. Moreover, experts predict RFID costs will decline rapidly, further …

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“December 13, 2004 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

THE DARK REPORT once again was first with timely intelligence. This time we scooped Business Week and other national business sources with our analysis of the impending arrival of HPV vaccines—presented in our November 22, 2004 issue. Business Week published their HPV vaccine story a full week later, on November 29, 2004. Several readers alerted …

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