Issue: Volume XVI No. 17 - December 14, 2009

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Lab Utilization Is Healthcare’s Ticking Time Bomb

TODAY I WOULD LIKE TO SPEAK TO ONE OF THE ELEPHANTS IN THE LAB INDUSTRY’S ROOM. It is the ticking time bomb of lab utilization. Sometime in the next 36 to 60 months, this time bomb will go off. It will catch both health policy makers and payers unprepared and, the consequences will be corrosive …

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2009’s Top Ten Lab Stories Reflect Some Good, Bad

CEO SUMMARY: As the closing year of the first decade of the new century and the new millennium, 2009 brought neither disruption nor upheaval to the majority of laboratories in the United States. Rather, it was marked by at least two themes. One was how public disclosure of problems with lab testing services generated media …

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DNV Offers Accreditation For Both CMS and ISO

CEO SUMMARY: For about a year, hospitals and health systems have had a new choice for meeting the Medicare Conditions of Participation. This new choice is Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Because DNV offers a dual process for achieving Medicare accreditation and ISO 9001 certification, it brings client hospitals a different bundle of benefits. As hospitals …

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IBM, Cal Tech, E-Patients, Qiagen, Digene, SABiosciences

DNA NANOCHIP IS GOAL OF IBM SCIENTISTS ADVANCES IN GENETIC AND MOLECULAR TECHNOLOGIES are giving pathologists new tools for diagnosing disease and guiding therapy. But what often receives less attention is how genetic and molecular technologies are finding applications in other scientific fields. In the September issue of Nature Nanotechnology, researchers at IBM Corp. and …

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Laboratory Merger & Acquisitions Saw Several Deals during 2009

CONSOLIDATION OF INDEPENDENT CLINICAL LABORATORIES continued during 2009. The most active acquirer was Sonic Healthcare, Ltd., of Sydney, Australia. It purchased three laboratories in the United States this year. Just this month, Sonic acquired East Side Clinical Laboratory in Providence, Rhode Island. This acquisition gives Sonic a presence in New England. East Side was founded …

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Catholic Health Initiatives Ramps Up Lab Outreach

CEO SUMMARY: Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) wants to expand its presence in outpatient and outreach services. It sees hospital laboratory outreach programs as a key component of this strategy. It will use an equity investment in Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) as the foundation of a series of laboratory outreach joint ventures between its 78 …

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December 14, 2009 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

In Nigeria, there is an aggressive effort underway to raise the quality of medical laboratory testing. One major element involves inspection of clinical laboratories throughout the nation by teams of laboratory professionals working with the Medical Laboratory Science Council of Nigeria (MLSCN). During 2009, MLSCN has closed 938 substandard and unregistered medical laboratories in all …

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