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Major Events on Horizon to Reshape Lab Market

CEO SUMMARY: Speakers at last month’s Executive War College discussed a range of significant trends and changes happening today in the U.S. healthcare system. Two of the most important trends are …

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Pharmacogenetic Tests Deliver for Avera Health Lab

CEO SUMMARY: When Avera Institute for Human Genetics wanted to expand its genomics program, it used its past learning with pharmacogenetics to guide the effort. Two key insights? Ask physicians abo…

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Laboratories Can Find Value in Use of Leftover Samples

CEO SUMMARY: After testing on behalf of patients, there are often leftover samples. One company developed a platform to enable life science customers to access the samples and associated diagnostic data for research purposes. For clinical labs, the leftover samples provide an opport…

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Sanford Health to Merge with Fairview Health Services

CEO SUMMARY: It’s the latest example of a merger involving two big integrated delivery networks (IDNs). Sanford Health in South Dakota inked an agreement to merge with Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis. This deal confirms the growing trend of consolidation among multi-hospit…

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CAP, Joint Commission Under Pressure to Add More Inspectors

CEO SUMMARY: Like the clinical laboratories they accredit to the requirements of CLIA, The Joint Commission and College of American Pathologist (CAP) face recruitment and hiring pressures when it comes to their surveyors and inspectors. Labs involved with CAP’s peer inspections ma…

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Joint Commission Will Not Accept COLA Accreditation

CEO SUMMARY: This may be a first in the 40-year history of CLIA accreditation of clinical laboratories. The Joint Commission (TJC) announced it will no longer recognize COLA’s laboratory accreditation program within “TJC-accredited facilities,” effective Jan 1, 2023. COLA-accredited labs …

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Eight Macro Trends for Clinical Labs in 2023

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory administrators and pathologists will want to carefully study eight important trends that will guide their business strategies in 2023. Many of these macro trends center on financial and operational difficulties and ways to steer around these obstacles. Anothe…

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2022’s Top 10 Lab Stories Confirm Challenging Times

CEO SUMMARY: There are valuable insights to be gleaned from The Dark Report’s “Top 10 Lab Industry Stories for 2022.” Several of this year’s story picks involve external forces reshaping healthcare in the United States in profound ways. Other story picks for 2022 illustrate …

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Use This Five-Step Process to Implement a New LIS

CEO SUMMARY: Rolling out a new laboratory information system (LIS) is a costly, time-consuming project. One expert outlines five steps that clinical labs can take to alleviate pressures while ensuring the right people are onboard to help the endeavor move forward. Among the steps is…

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U.S. Hospitals Will Lose Billions of Dollars in 2022

CEO SUMMARY: Hospitals and health systems in most regions of the United States are reporting substantial losses, both in patient care and in the value of their investment portfo­lios. This is inauspicious for the clinical laboratories operated by these hospitals. Hospital-bas…

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