Issue: Volume XXIX, No. 12 - August 29, 2022

Lab Workshop Solutions to Staffing, Cost-Cutting, Revenue Problems

This is an excerpt of a 1,591-word article in the August 8, 2022 issue of  THE DARK REPORT. The full article is available to subscribers. CEO SUMMARY: Responding to requests from numerous lab managers, The Dark Report is organizing a one-and-a-half-day lab workshop program that will come to your city. Workshop leaders are from labs successful …

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DESPITE THE EASING OF THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC IN RECENT MONTHS, a pre-pandemic normal does not yet exist—if it ever will. Currently, most clinical laboratories, particularly those serving hospitals and health systems, are under the most intense pressure seen in decades.  At this moment, the big three sources of major headaches for lab managers are the …

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Solutions to Lab Staffing, Supply, Revenue Problems

CEO SUMMARY: Responding to requests from numerous lab managers, The Dark Report is organizing a one-and-a-half-day program that will come to your city. Workshop leaders are from labs successful at cutting costs, at staff hiring/retention, and at increasing their lab’s revenue. The learning will take place in facilitated sessions to encourage networking and sharing of best …

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On Appeal, ACLA Gains PAMA Victory in Court

CEO SUMMARY: Last month, a U.S. Court of Appeals issued a ruling that criticized how the Department of Health and Human Services originally implemented the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). This ruling was a win for the American Clinical Laboratory Association in its lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services.  …

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Tactics to Standardize Point-of-Care Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Managing point-of-care testing (POCT) at a multi-hospital health system like Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) often means overseeing thousands of nurses and staff members who perform such tests. Lessons learned at JHM in standardizing POCT, training staff, and maintaining quality results were shared at last spring’s Executive War College. POINT-OF-CARE TESTING (POCT) continues to expand. …

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Shortage of Pathologists a Factor in Adoption of Digital Pathology

WITHIN THE UNITED STATES, it is now recognized that the demand for surgical pathologists exceeds the available supply. There are more vacant positions than qualified applicants to fill them.  The question yet to be answered is when this shortage of pathologists will have a negative impact on the pathology profession’s ability to return accurate, timely …

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2021 Rankings of the World’s Top 12 IVD Companies

WHILE THERE WAS SOME JOCKEYING FOR NEW positions, in vitro diagnostics (IVD) manufacturers remain entrenched in their market based on The Dark Report’s 2021 ranking of the Top 12 IVD Companies.  COVID-19 testing demand led to strong IVD growth in 2021. The top 12 firms took in $85 billion in annual revenue compared to our …

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Clinical Laboratories Face 20% Increase in CLIA Fees

CHANGES HAVE BEEN PROPOSED to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA) that would raise fees by 20% for clinical laboratories and amend certain testing personnel qualifications.  The American Hospital Association (AHA) has objected to the latter change. The proposal was published in the Federal Register on July 26. According to the federal Centers …

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Public Laboratory Companies Eye More Lab Outreach Acquisitions

PUBLICLY-TRADED CLINICAL LABORATORY COMPANIES released second quarter 2022 financial reports that confirmed a softening demand for COVID-19 tests, even as their base business revenues grew compared to last year.  While continuing to address ongoing needs for SARS-CoV-2 testing, company leaders said during earnings calls that they are prioritizing the following business areas:  Acquiring hospital laboratories.  …

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August 29, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Interesting things may be unfolding in the genetic testing marketplace. In the past few weeks, at least two high-profile genetic testing companies announced major layoffs. First was Invitae, a genetics testing company in San Francisco. At the end of July, it announced plans to eliminate 1,000 employees over the next year, SFGATE reported. That is …

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