Issue: Volume XIX No. 1 - January 9, 2012

Integration of Clinical Care and the Lab Industry

DURING 2012, THE HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IN THE UNITED STATES will make measurable progress toward the goal of integrated clinical care. In my view, this will be a positive development for clinical laboratories, since it creates opportunities for labs to step up and add value to physicians, patients, and payers. There is a bubbling stew of …

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‘Salary Power’ Helps Lab Recruit and Train New MTs

CEO SUMMARY: It was back in 2002 when THE DARK REPORT highlighted the innovative use of MT and MLT long distance training by PeaceHealth Laboratories (formerly Oregon Medical Labs). Distance training is part of a comprehensive program to attract individuals in the community with two-year and four-year degrees and give them an “earn while they …

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9 Pennsylvania Hospitals Tackle Lab Specimen Errors

CEO SUMMARY: In this unusual collaboration, the participating Pennsylvania hospitals dramatically reduced blood specimen labeling errors. This initiative to share best practices incorporated techniques that were refined in other projects designed to reduce medical errors and improve patient care. Another interesting feature of this multi-hospital quality initiative is that the participating institutions agreed to publish …

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Final Three Labs Settle California Qui Tam Case

CEO SUMMARY: In recent months, the California Attorney General (AG) entered into settlement agreements with the last three defendant laboratory companies involved in the Medi-Cal discount pricing whistleblower lawsuit. The AG did not make this news public. In their respective settlement agreements, the three laboratory companies stipulated that the agreement was not an admission of …

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Dark Daily

January 9, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

China-based Kindstar Globalgene Technology, Inc. (Kindstar), of Wuhan, Hubei Province, entered into an agreement to acquire and use the web-based anatomic pathology laboratory information system (APLIS) developed and sold by PathCentral, Inc., of Irvine, California. Kindstar intends to deploy the web- based APLIS service across its corporate laboratory facilities. It will also implement the PathCentral …

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