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OIG Finds 120-Day Delays at Memphis VA Path Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Last year, Veterans Administration officials received an anonymous complaint about delays in laboratory specimen processing and results at the Memphis VA Medical Center may have harmed patients and led to a patient death. Following an investigation, the VA’s Office of Inspe…

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U of Florida Health Improves Patient Care with PGx Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Since 2011, the University of Florida Health System has used pharmacogenetic test (PGx) results to guide physicians when they prescribe certain drugs. This initiative has improved patient outcomes, reduced the overall cost per episode of care, and gained partial reimbursemen…

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Project Santa Fe Labs Deliver Value with Tests

CEO SUMMARY: No bigger threat looms over the financial security of the nation’s clinical laboratories than healthcare’s transition from fee-for-service payment to value-based reimbursement. To navigate that transition successfully, medical labs and pathology groups will need to adopt …

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Years of Biobank Experience Pay Off for Mayo Clinic Lab

THANKS TO 10 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE, an existing infrastructure for banking patient specimens, and the unique capabilities of its clinical laboratory organization, Mayo Clinic has been awarded a five-year, $142 million grant from the National Institutes of Health. Last…

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Lab Industry’s Non-Stories for 2015

AT THE END OF EACH YEAR, IT IS GENERALLY EASY TO PICK OUT the stories of greatest significance for the lab industry during the previous 12 months. But what is often overlooked are the non-stories. These are the events that did not happen in the year, despite earlier occurrences and the momentum pushi…

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August 3, 2015 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Cerner Corporation is celebrating a big summer of contract awards from the Department of Defense. First up was a project to support further standardization of anatomic pathology within the laboratories operated worldwide by the DoD. Early in July, it was announced t…

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Newer, Smaller Analyzers Will Bring Big Data to Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Clinical laboratories of all sizes are poised to become the source of much of a hospital or health system’s “big data.” At many academic center labs, greater use of genetic and molecular testing requires that more space and more staff be devoted to data management. A…

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Pathologists Exploring Use of Diagnostic Teams

CEO SUMMARY: In the search for ways to add more value to lab testing services, pathologists and lab administrators are considering organizing diagnostic management teams within their hospitals. Such teams focus on complex cases and include…

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LabCorp, Bio-Reference Labs, Epic, OHSU, Alberta Health

LABCORP, BRLI ISSUE REVISED GUIDANCE OF LOWER EARNINGS IN RECENT WEEKS, at least two public lab companies have issued downward earnings guidance for 2014. These changes are based, in part, on expected reimbursement reductions from the Medicare program. It was December 10 wh…

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Laboratory Offers Early Lessons in Positioning for Success with ACOs

CEO SUMMARY: Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are already leading the shift from fee-for-service reimbursement to population payment. ACOs are leading healthcare’s evolution to preventive care, wellness, and better management of patients with chronic disease. This evolution will re…

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