Issue: Volume XXIX, No. 4 - March 14, 2022

COVID-19: a Fork in the Road for Future Lab Testing?

We have all experienced a pandemic unique in the history of the world. Two elements, in particular, distinguished this pandemic from earlier global outbreaks. First, genetic technologies allowed scientists to almost instantly sequence the DNA of the novel coronavirus, once it was recognized as a unique infectious agent. That accelerated development of the vaccines.  Second …

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New Trends Reshaping Healthcare, Lab Testing

CEO SUMMARY: With an emphasis on strategic actions clinical lab and anatomic pathology leaders can take immediately, the Executive War College Conference on Laboratory and Pathology Management returns on April 27-28 in New Orleans. Participants will learn what post-pandemic changes to expect in the medical lab industry and what steps executives can take to offer the latest …

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Questions Remain about California’s Valencia Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Despite multiple investigations citing more than 60 deficiencies, including some that caused immediate jeopardy to patient safety according to state inspectors, the Valencia Branch Laboratory never closed. The California Department of Public health said the state lab now meets all current compliance requirements. But questions linger about whether more stringent action should have …

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Labs Use IoT Tools for Specimen Logistics

CEO SUMMARY: Internet of Things (IoT) devices have proven adept at managing logistics, and BoxLock uses the technology to help clinical labs and pathology groups monitor pre-analytic specimen collections. Interpath Laboratory also has found IoT tools to be beneficial in providing greater accountability during specimen pickup and improving customer service.  THERE MAY BE NO GREATER RISK …

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Seven Doctors Settle Lab Test Fraud Case

CEO SUMMARY: In January, a U.S. Attorney from East Texas announced that seven physicians and a hospital CEO had agreed to settle allegations of fraud involving the payment of bribes in exchange for lab test orders. This is a positive development for the clinical laboratory profession because it demonstrates that the federal Department of Justice …

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Federal Prosecutors Describe Illegal Lab Bribes to Physicians

PATHOLOGISTS AND CLINICAL LAB MANAGERS SHOULD WELCOME every federal prosecution of a physician who accepts illegal bribes and inducements in exchange for laboratory test referrals. If physicians understood that federal prosecutors would file criminal charges against them for this behavior, fewer doctors would engage in fraudulent schemes involving lab test referrals.  As explained in the …

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March 14, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Telehealth proved to be popular with Medicare patients during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported telehealth visits for Medicare beneficiaries increased in 2020 by an incredible 63 times—from approximately 840,000 in 2019 to 52.7 million! Federal health officials said in a news release that these figures will …

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