Issue: Volume XXIII No. 13 - September 26, 2016

Medical Technologists Who Add Value to Patient Care

IT IS ALWAYS INSPIRING TO LEARN THE STORIES OF CLINICAL LABORATORY SCIENTISTS who spot opportunities to improve patient care, then take initiative to seize that opportunity and help patients get better. Such is the case of a medical technologist in a 25-bed rural hospital who now participates in daily rounds. Christina L. Bard, CLS(ASCP), MBA, …

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HDL Founders, BlueWave, Shareholders Sued for $600 Million by Bankruptcy Trustee

CEO SUMMARY: Unlike federal prosecutors, who to date have shown little interest in seeking to recover money from either the physicians who accepted inducements from Health Diagnostic Laboratory or many of the shareholders, executives, and sales consultants of HDL, the trustee of the HDL bankruptcy is moving aggressively to attempt to collect money from all …

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Attorney Jane Pine Wood to Be Chief Legal Counsel at Bio-Reference

One of the most widely-respected and trusted attorneys serving the clinical laboratory industry and anatomic pathology profession is leaving private practice to join the corporate world. Effective October 1, 2016, Jane Pine Wood becomes the new Chief Legal Counsel and Compliance Officer for Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc., of Elmwood Park, New Jersey. Wood will leave McDonald Hopkins, based …

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First CAP 15189 Accreditation for a Children’s Hospital Lab

CEO SUMMARY: It’s now official. St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital is the first children’s hospital to earn accreditation to ISO 15189 under the College of American Pathologists. What is more interesting, however, is how lab leadership used the quality management system of ISO 15189 to help lab staff to raise the quality of lab services. …

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Brooklyn Toxicology Lab Suspended for 30 Days by NY Department of Health

IN BROOKLYN, N.Y., a toxicology laboratory has been shut down temporarily since Sept. 9 by order of the New York State Department of Health. The lab was cited for failing to perform calibration and quality control procedures properly, The lab company is Advanced Clinical Laboratory Solutions Inc., which describes itself as, “a physician-driven, patient-minded, client-focused …

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Meet the Medical Technologist Who Does Daily Rounds in the Hospital

TO MAKE THE TRANSITION FROM VOLUME TO VALUE, pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists are beginning to leave the four walls of their labs to engage clinicians in ways that add value to the lab tests performed on their patients. That’s exactly what one medical technologist is doing in a community hospital in the Midwest. Daily, …

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Ob-Gyn Associations Dispute Need For Genetic Test Counseling Requirements

CEO SUMMARY: Obstetricians and gynecologists have told health insurers that requiring genetic counseling before approval of genetic testing has a negative effect on patient care and is unnecessary. Recently, two ob-gyn associations went on record opposing such requirements. Ob-gyns say they are trained and capable to recognize which patients need such testing. Clinical labs offering …

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Cepheid, Sequenom Acquisitions Further Consolidate Lab Testing

TWO ACQUISITIONS FURTHER consolidated the clinical laboratory testing industry in recent weeks. The acquired companies were Sequenom and Cepheid. Sequenom went first. On July 27, Laboratory Corporation of America announced an agreement to acquire Sequenom for a purchase price of about $371 million. It was Cepheid’s turn next. Just 11 days later, on Sept. 6, Danaher Corporation …

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Patient Safety Expert Says: ‘Tell Patients About Errors’

CEO SUMMARY: As described in a civil lawsuit filed by a whistleblower pathologist in Kansas in July, a chair of pathology allegedly misdiagnosed cancer and the patient’s healthy pancreas was surgically removed. Court documents say that the pathologist then altered records to cover up the mistake and, when informed of this situation, the hospital did …

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September 26, 2016 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Molecular and genetic testing laboratories that use the Microsoft Excel software program for some of their homegrown informatics may be at risk of lab testing errors due to an auto-correct quirk in the Exel software. Modern Healthcare reported on how researchers in Australia looked at 3,600 genetics papers. They determined that use of Microsoft Excel was …

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