Issue: Volume XVII No. 10 - July 12, 2010

Lessons In Lab Testing From Ireland

IN REAL TIME, PATHOLOGISTS ACROSS THE GLOBE CAN WATCH the meltdown of the Irish Health Service Executive’s ambitious effort to revamp cervical cancer screening services in the country. It reorganized these screening services in order to achieve its declared goal of reducing death rates in Ireland from cervical cancer to rates at or below the …

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In South Carolina, TC/PC May Be “Misconduct”

CEO SUMMARY: Last month, the South Carolina Board of Medical Examiners advised all physicians in the state that certain arrangements for technical component/professional component (TC/PC) services between referring physicians and pathologists may be in violation of state law. These actions came in response to a letter from the South Carolina Society of Pathologists. The letter …

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SC Pathologists Question Legality of TC/PC in State

CEO SUMMARY: Recently the South Carolina Society of Pathologists (SCSP) requested that the state’s Board of Medical Examiners review the legality, under state law, of certain technical component/professional component (TC/PC) arrangements between referring physicians and pathologists. SCSP asked that the Board assess how TC/PC arrangements might violate state law, constitute illegal fee splitting, compromise patient …

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New Criticisms in Ireland About Cervical Screening

CEO SUMMARY: Pathologists worldwide are witnessing how a government health service can erode its nation’s pathology capabilities in cytology. Ireland’s experiment in off-shoring all its Pap testing even as it requires women to register in a national database in order to get free cervical cancer screening is not turning out well. A growing number of …

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Patient Privacy Laws Create Legal Risk for Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Before the nation’s healthcare system can achieve the integrated universal EHR, it must fix the crazy contradictions in state and federal laws governing patient privacy. There is discordance between federal law and state law that defines the role and responsibility of the clinical laboratory which performs a laboratory test and reports those results …

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Better Blood Utilization Reduces Costs by 29%

CEO SUMMARY: Use of an innovative two-pronged approach helped University of Alabama at Birmingham Hospital rein in runaway cost increases in blood products. Not only did it achieve annual savings of $3.5 million in three years—a 29% reduction—but it increased blood donations from 200 units per year to more than 6,000 units per year. Education …

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July 12, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Point-of-care testing (POCT) continues to gather momentum and grow at much faster rates than routine clinical laboratory testing. That’s the finding of analysts at Frost & Sullivan. In the United States, POCT product sales totaled $2.1 billion in 2009. Frost & Sullivan predicts that POCT sales will top $3.9 billion by 2016. It says the …

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