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Northwell Lab Team Validates COVID-19 Test on Fast Timeline

CEO SUMMARY: Clinical labs are working with haste to test for the novel coronavirus, also called nCoV and SARS-CoV-2. Their efforts to prepare for high capacity testing for viral respiratory illness include validating molecular tests for the newly-identifie…

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New UnitedHealthcare Policy For Hospital Reference Tests

>CEO SUMMARY: Under a new policy UnitedHealthcare will start in May, hospital laboratories will no longer be allowed to bill for reference testing for members who are not hospital patients. The policy is likely to affect clinical lab testing for patients whose testing goes …

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Northwell Health Labs Produce Value-Added Outcomes, Growth

>CEO SUMMARY: In 2008, the administration at the Northwell Health system on Long Island considered selling its inpatient and outpatient laboratory services to a commercial laboratory company. In response, the leaders of the Northwell Health Laboratories proposed a plan to s…

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Northwell and Memorial Health: A Tale of Two Labs

Something very unusual happened in  this  issue  of  The  Dark  Report. We analyzed the entirely opposite fates of two clinical laboratories owned by different healthcare systems. With apologies to author Charles Dickens and his opening sentence in his novel, a Tale of Two Cities, it c…

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Memorial Hermann Sells Outreach Lab to Quest

>CEO SUMMARY: Need for more capital is probably one reason why Memorial Hermann Health System decided to sell its large clinical laboratory outreach business to Quest Diagnostics in a transaction both organizations announced on Jan. 27. Although terms of …

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Alverno Labs Adds Eight Hospitals to Its Network

CEO SUMMARY: In September, Alverno Laboratories, one of the largest networks of regional laboratories in the Midwest, added two Chicago hospital laboratories and six other hospital labs from the AMITA Health system to its network. The additional AMITA Health facilities joined Alverno as a…

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Houston Errors Are Every Clinical Pathologist’s Fear

Due to medical errors, three patients died in three Houston hospitals in a short period of time. Each adverse event led to inspections by the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and sanctions as tough as revocation of deemed status for participation in the Medica…

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Bill Would Delay PAMA Reporting for One Year

CEO SUMMARY: For all laboratories that must report private payer price data under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA), a new bill in congress would delay the next round of data reporting for one year and require the National Academy of Medicine to recommend ways to improve the da…

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ProMedica Lab Succeeds with Metrics, Daily Huddles

CEO SUMMARY: In Toledo, Ohio, ProMedica Laboratories uses extensive metrics to analyze almost all processes in the lab. Under a process improvement program in place for more than five years, the lab has implemented daily management to help streamline day-to-day operations. Concurrently, a…

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In PAMA Appeal, ACLA Says Federal District Court Erred

LAST MONTH the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) filed an appeal in its case against the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). In its court filing, the ACLA said that a federal district court judge erred in her ruling against the lab as…

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