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Telemedicine Firms Offer Home Phlebotomy Service

CEO SUMMARY: Telemedicine provider Teladoc Health has announced new services for certain primary care customers that include at-home phlebotomy appointments. The move is evidence of the consumer demand for increased convenience and flexibility in their healthcare. Scarlet Health, a …

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Tactics to Standardize Point-of-Care Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Managing point-of-care testing (POCT) at a multi-hospital health system like Johns Hopkins Medicine (JHM) often means overseeing thousands of nurses and staff members who perform such tests. Lessons learned at JHM in standardizing POCT, training staff, and maintaining q…

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Tough Times Ahead for Hospitals and Their Labs

CEO SUMMARY: These are challenging times for the nation’s hospitals, health systems, and clinical labs. A perfect storm involving unprecedented shortages of lab staff, nurses, and other professionals with inflation-fueled cost increases and deteriorating hospital finances was a major topic of…

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Might VALID Act Support Be Waning in Congress?

CEO SUMMARY: Just weeks ago, events seemed to indicate that the Verifying Accurate Lea…

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UnitedHealth’s Optum to Offer Lab Test Management

CEO SUMMARY: UnitedHealth Group subsidiary Optum announced a new laboratory benefits management program aimed at improving utilization of genetic/molecular clinical laboratory testing. The goal is to save health plans money while bringing genetic test validity data prominently into …

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Atrium, Advocate Aurora Merge into $27b System

CEO SUMMARY: Integrated delivery networks continue to consolidate in the U.S., with the latest example being the merger of Atrium Health and Advocate Aurora Health. The deal forms a 67-hospital system across two distinct geographic areas in the Southeast and upper Midwest. IDN mergers raise the…

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Data Innovation Plays a Key Role on Future Fronts

BETTER COLLECTION AND USE OF CLINICAL DATA WAS A PROMINENT THEME discussed by attendees at last month’s annual Executive War College Conference on Laboratory and Pathology Management in New Orleans.  Laboratory directors and pathologists have lo…

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Decline in COVID-19 Test Orders Signals a Shift

MIGHT THE FEDERAL HEALTHCARE ESTABLISHMENT BE CLOSE TO DECLARING AN END TO THE SARS-COV2 PANDEMIC and—given the ongoing decline in the daily number of new cases and deaths—that COVID-19 is expected to become an endemic disease?  The SARS-CoV-2 statis…

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New Trends Reshaping Healthcare, Lab Testing

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Artificial Intelligence ‘Invades’ Pathology, Billing

Predictions about the potential of artificial intelligence (AI) to transform nearly every area of healthcare are about to become reality. For the profession of laboratory medicine, AI is making speedy inroads into two areas. The first is anato…

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