Issue: Volume XXIX No. 16 - November 21, 2022

Babson Diagnostics’ Eric Olson Outlines Company’s Innovative Blood Draw Model

Healthcare technology company Babson Diagnostics is pursuing a new hybrid model for blood draws that it believes brings together the best of clinical laboratories and retail pharmacies, and founder and COO Eric Olson explains the innovations unfolding at his company in an exclusive interview with The Dark Report. Olson explains how Babson intends to be …

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Innovations Might Reduce Need for Phlebotomists

ALREADY A SERIOUS PROBLEM PRIOR TO THE PANDEMIC, the shortage of trained phlebotomists continues to grow more serious with each passing month. Some clinical laboratories are offering wages of $25 per hour or more and say they cannot attract enough candidates to hire and train for this essential role.  However, there is a company developing …

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Erin Will Morton at CRD Associates

VALID and SALSA Acts Still Pending in Congress

CEO SUMMARY: Both the pending VALID Act and SALSA Act continue to push ahead as 2022 comes to an end. Meanwhile, a new bill centered on the Physician Fee Schedule may protect pathologist payments. These three different proposals share something in common: To pass this year, they need to be part of a larger spending …

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Use This Five-Step Process to Implement a New LIS

CEO SUMMARY: Rolling out a new laboratory information system (LIS) is a costly, time-consuming project. One expert outlines five steps that clinical labs can take to alleviate pressures while ensuring the right people are onboard to help the endeavor move forward. Among the steps is the need to establish an analyst team to act as …

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Florida Hospital Laboratory Team Prepared before Hurricane Ian

With Hurricane Ian approaching the west coast of Florida on Sept. 28, hospital laboratories in the predicted path scrambled to be ready for the worst. That was true at Tampa General Hospital, where the hospital’s clinical lab team went on high alert.  Angela Lauster, Senior Laboratory Administrative Director at 1,041-bed Tampa General, recounted steps the …

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Eric Olson at Babson Diagnostics

Babson Diagnostics’ Hybrid Model Combines Quality, Convenience

CEO SUMMARY: Responding to its own data about consumer preferences, healthcare technology company Babson Diagnostics is pursuing a new hybrid model for blood draws that it believes brings together the best of clinical laboratories and retail pharmacies. Laboratory managers and pathologists may find opportunities in such an approach.  TWO EMERGING TRENDS HAVE THE POTENTIAL to …

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Lab Allegedly Billed Medicare for Tests It Did Not Perform

Following up on a Sept. 19 intelligence briefing, an attorney told The Dark Report that a federal case alleging genetic test fraud showed hallmarks of pass-through billing.  As such, it raises questions about whether reference laboratories associated with this case had obligations to report to federal authorities that they performed tests for Medicare beneficiaries, but …

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