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Lab Scheme Recruits Hospitals To Bill as In-Network Providers

CEO SUMMARY: Management companies using a new generation of potentially fraudulent schemes are targeting hospitals and health systems for arrangements that use questionable means to increase lab test volume and revenue. The management companies often use the term “hospital outpatient de…

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New source of lab test abuse surfaces in the form of HOPDs and MSOs

This is an excerpt from a 2,350-word article in the Oct. 30, 2017 issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers, and available at all times to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: …

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Lab, Emergency Department at Cleveland Clinic Collaborate to Reduce Hemolysis Rates

CEO SUMMARY: Two years ago, the rate of hemolysis in blood drawn in the Cleveland Clinic’s Emergency Department was about nine times higher than the ASCP recommended rate of 2%. With a two-year cooperative agreement and funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…

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Alan Lloyd, 62, Dies of Cancer, Formerly CIO of Sonic Health

THIS SUMMER, the global clinical laboratory industry lost a true innovator in medical laboratory management, operations, and informatics. On August 8, 2012, Dr. Alan Lloyd died peacefully at home from pancreatic cancer. Lloyd was widely-respected for his unique approaches to laboratory operations, l…

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Pursuing More Benefits From Next Generation Lab Automation

CEO Summary: Once it was decided to replace an aging, five-year-old laboratory automation system at the laboratory of Ingalls Memorial Hospital in Harvey, Illinois, the administration at the hospital issued a challenge. It asked the laboratory team to deliver an immediate 10% cos…

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Recognizing Laboratory Leadership

WHEN LABORATORY CORPORATION OF AMERICA CLOSES ON THE SALE and becomes the owner of DSI Laboratories, Inc., of Fort Meyers, Florida, it will mark the end of one of the nation’s oldest hospital laboratory outreach programs. I consider this to be a good news/bad news…

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FDA Sends Warning Letter to Abbott Laboratories

CEO SUMMARY: On March 13, 2007, the Food and Drug Administration sent a warning letter to Abbott Laboratories’ Chairman and CEO, Miles D. White. The letter identified nine quality system violations and requested a satisfactory response by August 15, 2007. The warning letter is based on …

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Victorville Community Hospital, Quest Diagnostics, ASCP, MIME

ASCP ACQUIRES MIME’S CYTOLOGY TRAINING AND PROFICIENCY TESTING IT WAS A BIG BREAK for pathologists and cytotechnologists involved in Pap testing. In a deal announced at the end of February, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has acquired “the complete cyt…

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Mayo’s Scottsdale Hospital Lab Hits Big “Lean” Home Runs

CEO SUMMARY: Are Lean and Six Sigma techniques ready to make a big contribution in the laboratories of smaller hospitals? If you ask lab managers at Mayo Clinic’s Scottsdale Hospital, the answer is an unqualified “Yes!” Their 15-week Lean project in the hospital’s high volume core…

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Royal Free Hospital Is First Big British Lab Automation Project

CEO SUMMARY: To date, only a handful of total laboratory automation (TLA) projects have been implemented in Great Britain. One of those first TLA projects is at the Royal Free Hospital, Hampstead, located in the northern suburbs of London. Design work started in 1998 and the first phase b…

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