Tag: breast cancer testing

Is New Cycle of Fraud Plaguing Lab Industry?

Fraud

CEO SUMMARY: Taken collectively, the growing number of federal investigations of clinical lab companies and health insurer lawsuits against lab companies alleging fraudulent business practices signals a disturbing new trend for the lab industry. Although these allegations are leveled at just a handful of lab companies, the amount of money these labs took out of the system exceeds a billion dollars. Some experts expect payers will enact tough requirements to stop such abuses.

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Eastern Canada’s Latest Lab Errors Get Attention

CEO SUMMARY: Authorities for Eastern Health in Newfoundland and Labrador province in Canada are conducting a root cause analysis after finding discrepancies in breast cancer testing that affected nine patients. Health officials said these cases were discovered as a result of an improved quality assurance testing program and are unrelated to problems that plagued Eastern

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Serious Problems Plague Newfoundland Laboratory

CEO SUMMARY: Newfoundland’s St. John laboratory was rocked by revelations in February that its cyclosporine testing was flawed, exposing patients to the harmful affects from inappropriately high doses of the immunosuppressant drug. Within weeks of this news, the Chief of Laboratory Medicine resigned. Now a team from Toronto’s University Health Network (UHN) is at the

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Beckman Coulter, Olympus, LabCorp, Anthem, WellPoint, Medtox, University of Toronto

BECKMAN COULTER REPORTS EARNINGS THAT INCLUDE OLYMPUS
THERE WAS A BIG JUMP in fourth quarter revenue at Beckman Coulter Inc., of Brea, California, which increased by 22% over the previous year, to $989.6 million.

This number included $120.2 million in revenue from the recent Olympus Diagnostics acquisition. Beckman Coulter spent $800 million in August 2009 to purchase

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Labs in British Columbia Meet Tough PT Standards

CEO SUMMARY: Facing a crisis due to several highly publicized deficiencies in lab testing, pathologists in Canada are using proficiency testing (PT) to improve standards. In British Columbia, PT is mandatory and every lab is evaluated every quarter. Pathologists in BC recommend that every province and territory adopt mandatory proficiency testing. Currently only British Columbia

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Canadian Pathologists Start PT Testing for ER/PR

CEO SUMMARY: Experts point out that widely publicized episodes of lab testing deficiencies in several provinces are signs that chronic underfunding of lab testing services is a key factor in these failures. To restore public confidence in breast cancer testing, the Canadian Association of Pathologists is developing a voluntary proficiency testing system for hospital labs

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