Issue: Volume XVII No. 6 - April 19, 2010

Is Lab Industry Ready for Facebook and MySpace?

WHO COULD HAVE IMAGINED, JUST A FEW YEARS AGO, that social networking sites such as Facebook.com, MySpace.com, and YouTube.com would become a useful platform that allows clinical laboratories, pathology groups, and in vitro diagnostics (IVD) companies to engage in two-way conversations with patients and customers? After all, in those days, the preponderance of active users …

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Social Networking Is New Lab Marketing Channel

CEO SUMMARY: Using social marketing sites on the Web allows labs and IVD manufacturers to interact with customers in ways that were not possible years ago. Marketers use these interactive web sites to supplement traditional methods of advertising. Inviting customers to discuss your company and products on a Facebook site can result in powerful word-of- …

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Pre-authorization Coming For Pricey Molecular Tests

CEO SUMMARY: In response to the steep ramp-up in the utilization of genetic and molecular testing, the nation’s largest health insurers are preparing to institute new guidelines for coverage and reimbursement. These will include pre-authorization by physicians, a more effective genetic test coding arrangement for claims submission by laboratories, and implementation of evidence-based medicine (EBM) …

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ISO 15189 Accreditation Requires Specific Steps For Global Recognition

CEO SUMMARY: This intelligence briefing is the third in an ongoing series about quality management systems (QMS) and their role in advancing the performance of clinical laboratories and improving the quality of the testing services they provide. ISO 15189 is a set of standards for medical laboratories based on the ISO 9001 quality management system. …

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Two Years Later, CMS Still Holds Labs’ Competitive Bid Documents

IF ACTIONS SPEAK LOUDER THAN WORDS, then the federal government sends a clear message by its repeated refusal to return bidding documents to laboratories involved with the now-defunct Medicare Clinical Laboratory Services Competitive Bidding Demonstration project. That’s because, more than two years after a federal judge in San Diego made a ruling that stopped the …

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Errors in Surgical Pathology Surface in the United Kingdom

ERRORS IN SURGICAL PATHOLOGY DIAGNOSES made the newspapers in the United Kingdom earlier this month. The accuracy of histopathology results at the Bristol Royal Infirmary (BRI) in Bristol, England was the subject of a news story in The Sunday Telegraph on April 10. Under the headline “Doctors fear that cases of cancer have been regularly …

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April 19, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Laboratory testing in India continues to attract the attention and investment dollars of western companies. News reports indicate that Apax Partners is negotiating to buy a stake in Metropolis Healthcare of Mumbai, India. Metropolis Healthcare has business activities ranging from clinical laboratory testing to home health services. Metropolis operates 55 testing laboratories in India, Sri …

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