Issue: Volume XV No. 6 - May 5, 2008

Battles Continue Over Doctor Mark Up of Lab Tests

FROM THE SHADOWS OF A PARKING GARAGE, Deep Throat suggests to reporter Bob Woodward, “Follow the money.” In this scene from the movie, All the President’s Men, Woodward gets the right advice he needs from an unnamed source to pursue the Watergate case, a huge political scandal of the 1970s. “Follow the money” is also …

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Lab Automation Advocates Gather in Kobe, Japan

CEO SUMMARY: Everything relating to automation in clinical laboratory operations was the theme of the sixth “International Conference of Laboratory Automation and Robotics,” conducted last month in Kobe, Japan. Because laboratories in Japan, Korea, and Taiwan have two and three decades of experience with extensive automation, presentations at this gathering are quite sophisticated and reveal …

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Univ. of Tokyo Hospital Lab Has Plenty of Automation

CEO SUMMARY: In Japan, many clinical laboratories are in their third decade of using automation. At the University of Tokyo Hospital, total laboratory automation (TLA) was first implemented in 1991. Now on its fourth generation TLA system, this laboratory was worked upstream to automate specimen collection and urine collection, transport, and specimen preparation. The result …

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Healthcare Has First Standards for Use of Bar Codes and RFID

THREE ORGANIZATIONS have jointly developed information technology standards to be used in identifying patients, drugs, and medical devices. These standards use bar code, radio frequency identification (RFID), and two-dimensional symbol technologies. The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) recently approved the first part of this new data standard, which is called “Positive Identification for Patient Safety, …

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Cell Phones to be Used to Report Patient Self-Test Results

HOW ABOUT USING A CELL PHONE to monitor patient in-home laboratory test results? That’s about to happen with a new program introduced by CareFirst Blue Cross Blue Shield of Maryland. CareFirst will test whether monitoring devices in cell phones can help patients with diabetes manage their blood glucose, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels. CareFirst is …

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Implementing Best Practices Across 27 Hospital Labs

CEO SUMMARY: It is always challenging to ensure consistency and high productivity across the different labs in a consolidated lab organization. To help staff focus on quality and efficiency, Alverno Clinical Laboratories LLC uses Lean methods to improve quality and timely delivery of lab results in its regional core laboratory and the labs in the …

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PhyTest Assists Doctors With Lab Testing Revenue

CEO SUMMARY: PhyTest, Inc., created a unique business model upon its founding in 1998. It primarily specializes in handling laboratory test billing and collection services to office-based physicians. It also provides evaluation, consulting, and implementation services to help physicians in client-bill states establish discounted billing relationships with reference laboratories. To avoid Stark Law issues on …

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May 05, 2008 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Pathologists are key figures in a new movie titled “Pathology.” It centers around a newly graduated pathologist, played by Milo Ventimiglia, who, with several pathology interns, become interested in committing the perfect murder—by leaving no clues for detectives and the medical examiner. Released in theaters last month, “Pathology” is not headed for blockbuster status. In …

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