Tag: diagnostic laboratory services

Combining Lean Techniques with Lab Automation to Get Impressive Results

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PROBABLY NO AREA OF CLINICAL LABORATORY MEDICINE is experiencing the dramatic transformation happening in microbiology. From rapid molecular testing to the full automation of traditional manual processes, significant changes are happening in microbiology labs.

Moreover, the smart use of Lean techniques and quality management techniques magnify the positive effects of these new diagnostic technologies and automation

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Cigna Sues HDL, Alleges Unlawful Fee Scheme

CEO SUMMARY: In court papers, Cigna alleged that HDL misrepresented patients’ responsibilities by promising not to collect co-payments, co-insurance, or deductibles. Also, HDL promised not to seek reimbursement from patients for any portion of its bills that the health insurer did not cover, the court documents show. HDL misleadingly billed the health insurer at exorbitant

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Aetna Files Suit against NJ Lab, Plans to Sue Two More Labs

FINALLY, A MAJOR HEALTH INSURER IS taking a hard line against clinical laboratories it suspects of committing fraud. Aetna Health, Inc., and Aetna Life Insurance Company, of Hartford, Connecticut, have sued one lab company and included physicians as defendants in that case. Aetna officials indicate that other lawsuits against labs can be expected.

At a minimum,

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Alberta Lab RFP, FTC, LabMD Biodiagnostic Lab Services Guilty Pleas

NEWS LEAKED ON SEPTEMBER 19 that Alberta Health Services (AHS) is preparing to issue a request for proposal (RFP) to select a company to build a state-of-the clinical laboratory facility to serve Edmonton, Alberta, and the surrounding region.

A news report published by the Edmonton Journal stated

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Four Docs Plead Guilty In N.J. Lab Bribery Case

CEO SUMMARY: As of July 24, four New Jersey doctors had pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges. Each of the doctors accepted bribes in exchange for referring patient lab testing to Biodiagnostic Laboratory Services (BLS) of Parsippany, New Jersey. This landmark criminal prosecution includes criminal charges associated with sham lease and service agreements between labs

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October 4, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

In Hawaii, two competing clinical laboratory companies have joined forces to save a medical technologist (MT) training program from closure. Together, Clinical Laboratories of Hawaii, LLP (CLH–owned by Sonic Healthcare), and Diagnostic Laboratory Services, Inc. (DLS), contributed more than $100,000 to the John A. Burns School of Medicine (JABSOM) at the University of Hawaii at

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March 8, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

On March 1, Omnyx, LLC, of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, licensed certain virtual microscopy and digital pathology patents from Olympus America, Inc. Omnyx is a joint venture between GE Healthcare and the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) that was created to develop and market digital pathology systems. The agreement grants Omnyx a non-exclusive worldwide license and

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