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Genesis Outreach Lab Acquired by LabCorp

CEO SUMMARY: Sources say that Genesis Clinical Laboratory of Berwyn, Illinois, owned by McNeal Hospital, is being sold to Laboratory Corporation of America. Neither party has publicly acknowledged completion of the sale. It is the latest example of consolidation within the clinical lab in…

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Two Omaha Med Centers Form Collaborative Lab

CEO SUMMARY: An accountable care organization with a strong clinical laboratory component is taking shape in Nebraska. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has developed a partnership with the Nebraska Methodist Health System to form an ACO called the Accountable Car…

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Today’s Lab Test Model Won’t Survive Reforms

CEO SUMMARY: For more than three decades, independent lab companies have waxed fat by increasing their respective market share of lab test referrals from office-based physicians. This era is poised to end as growing numbers of office-based physicians begin to practice medicine within an a…

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‘Pull Through’ Is Key Issue in Lab Whistleblower Suit

CEO SUMMARY: Now comes a whistleblower lawsuit in federal court with the claim that, in the 2007 contract between UnitedHealth Group and Laboratory Corporation of America, LabCorp’s discounted lab test prices were a kickback that violated Medicare law. LabCorp has denied the al…

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At Kaiser Permanente, Real-Time Lab Results Are a Hit with Patients

CEO SUMMARY: Should patients be allowed to see their own lab test results when they are available to their physicians? Kaiser Permanente believes so. Since 2005, Kaiser Permanente has given members real-time access to most laboratory test results in their personal health record (PHR) on w…

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Using Accurate Data to Grow Lab Outreach

CEO SUMMARY: In recent years, the laboratory outreach program at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey, has achieved impressive rates of growth in specimen volume and net revenue. One reason for this success is that the lab outreach program moni…

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Destructive Tornado Hits Joplin Hospital, Lab Rebuilds Swiftly

CEO Summary: One week after one of the worst storms ever to strike a hospital in the U.S., St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Joplin, Missouri, was back treating patients. Surprisingly, the hospital’s lab was one of the first departments to get up and running again. Within…

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Doctors Use Mobile Apps To View Lab Results

CEO SUMMARY: By sending lab test results and other data from the hospital’s electronic health record system to physicians’ smartphones, Holy Name Medical Center in Teaneck, New Jersey, is empowering physicians to manage patient care more efficiently. Today, few hospitals send…

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Seven Deadly Sins of Lab Management Are Much Too Common

CEO SUMMARY: Pity the poor laboratory manager of today. Lab budgets are shrinking. It is difficult to staff adequate numbers of skilled medical technologists. Baby boomers are now retiring. At the same time, accreditation and licensure inspections are becoming tougher. Recently, …

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Lab Industry Unprepared For FDA Action on LDTs

CEO SUMMARY: News stories about the FDA’s stated intention to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) generally play up the agency’s comments about the need to assert regulatory oversight of genetic tests and direct consumer access testing. But what has gone unremarked by …

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