Issue: Volume XVI No. 7 - May 18, 2009

Inaccurate Lab Results: What Happened in Canada?

MANY OF YOU HAVE HEARD ABOUT THE WIDELY-PUBLICIZED PROBLEMS with laboratory testing in several locations across Canada in the past few years. We update the situation with a fascinating intelligence briefing on pages 9-12. The first lab scandal to catch the public’s attention was the discovery that, between 1997 and 2005, an anatomic pathology laboratory …

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Despite the Recession, Many Local Labs Thrive

CEO SUMMARY: Each year, the Executive War College offers useful perspectives on the current lab testing marketplace. This year’s gathering took place as the recession deepened. Yet that didn’t dampen the optimism and energy of 60 speakers and more than 450 attendees from 12 countries. Collectively, the 60 sessions offered credible evidence that those labs …

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CMS Refuses to Return Competitive Bid Docs

CEO SUMMARY: The Acting Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) has refused the request of three San Diego-area labs for the return of their bid documents—even though the competitive bidding demonstration project was repealed by Congress last July. The HHS Acting Secretary says he has no obligation to return the documents and he intends …

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Using Cellphones Like Microscopes To Help Lesser-Developed Countries

LAB PROFESSIONALS WHO HAVE worked in regions like Africa know that the infrastructure in developing countries is limited or nonexistent. This makes it challenging to provide clinical laboratory testing services that are up to the standards common in developed countries. For example, it can be difficult for a laboratory in a developing country to report …

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ER/PR Testing in Canada Continues to Make News

CEO SUMMARY: In Canada, the story about inaccurate breast cancer testing just won’t go away. In March, the Cameron Report was made public with its assessment of lab testing failures in Newfoundland and Labrador. In April, the health system in those provinces admitted that it needed to review and possibly retest another 43 breast cancer …

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Biotech Start-Up Firms Hiring Lab Professionals

CEO SUMMARY: It may be a tough job market right now for laboratory professionals. But investors, lured by the potential of personalized medicine and molecular diagnostics, continue to pour investment capital into new companies. In turn, these companies are actively recruiting experienced clinical lab managers, pathologists, and technical staff. One management recruiter specializing in biotech …

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New Report: POC Market Will Grow 30% by 2013

CEO SUMMARY: It will be no surprise to lab directors and pathologists that Kalorama Information, in its latest report on point-of-care (POC) testing, estimates that glucose testing comprises 67% of this market segment. What is notable is Kalorama’s prediction that worldwide POC testing will grow by 30% during the next four years. Because of new …

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Dark Daily

May 18, 2009 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Experts are watching hospital finances to see whether slumping economic activity and growing unemployment rates are having an impact. At for-profit Tenet Healthcare Corporation, same-hospital paying admissions declined by 1.3% from Q1-08 to Q1-09. Tenet also said that its bad debt ratio of 6.8% had only increased by 0.1% from the same quarter last year. …

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