Issue: Volume XXVI No. 8 - June 10, 2019

Is the Profession of Anatomic Pathology Shrinking?

Did the number of active pathologists practicing in the United States actually shrink by 17.53% between 2007 and 2017? That is the conclusion of a study published on May 31 by the online Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). This startling finding is our lead story in this issue. A research team of five …

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JAMA Study: 17% Fewer Pathologists Since 2007

CEO SUMMARY: The number of pathologists working in the United States declined by 17.53% from 2007 to 2017, according to recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. When adjusted for the U.S. population, the researchers said the workforce of pathologists is smaller than that of other countries and those other countries …

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BRLI, LabCorp, Quest Disclose Data Breaches of 20M Patients

EARLIER THIS MONTH, BioReference Laboratories, Laboratory Corp. of America, and Quest Diagnostics each reported data breaches. The breaches originated with the American Medical Collection Agency (AMCA), which provides payment services to the three lab companies, according to published reports. The number of patients affected from the three incidents is at least 20 million and the breaches …

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Northwell Health Lab Team Leverages Data to Add Value

CEO SUMMARY: Today, insurers get risk-adjusted payments for treating patients who have high-cost health conditions and they make risk-adjusted payments to physicians, hospitals, and other providers. At Northwell Health, the clinical lab saw the opportunity to leverage lab test data with other clinical and demographic data to identify patients who were undiagnosed or whose conditions were …

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Iowa Nursing Homes Lose Phlebotomy Service Twice

CEO SUMMARY: It may be without precedent in the clinical lab industry that a laid-off lab manager launches a nonprofit mobile phlebotomy service in order to continue services to homebound patients, nursing homes, and long-term care facilities. The events in the Quad Cities of Moline, Ill. and Davenport, Iowa, are also the most recent example …

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June 10, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Digital pathology is coming in a big way to two regions in two different nations. In the United Kingdom, it was announced on May 30 that the North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation in the north of England signed a five-year contract with Sectra of Linköping, Sweden. Sectra is to deliver a “regional digital pathology solution” in …

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