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March 21, 2016 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

Intelligence Late & Latent News

Tougher times in the clinical lab testing market have claimed another lab company. On February 28, Artherotech, Inc., posted a notice on its website stating that it had closed permanently, as of that date. Along with its several hundred employees, Artherotech’s closure caught many lab executives by surprise. Founded in 1994, during the heyday of closed-panel

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CLMA Asks Labs for Examples of RAC Auditor Overreach

STORIES ABOUT HOW PRIVATE MEDICARE AUDITORS are overreaching in their zeal to identify fraud have caught the attention of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee. It is asking providers to submit examples of overzealous RAC auditors.

For its part, the Clinical Laboratory Management Association (CLMA) is collecting examples of recovery audit contractor (RAC) auditors behaving badly when

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ELINCS Specifications Released in California

CEO SUMMARY: Clinical laboratories and pathology groups have a new tool to use for interfacing their LIS (laboratory information systems) with the electronic health record (EHR) systems of their office-based physician clients. It is ELINCS, an IT standard designed to support electronic lab test orders and lab test reporting. The California HealthCare Foundation sponsored the

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Successful Laboratories in the Future Will Brand Themselves, Add Value

“There is an opportunity for the laboratories to become more proactive with health plans. Pathologists are reading the literature and know specifically which diagnostics tests should be performed before expensive imaging procedures
are ordered.”
—Kerry Kaplan, President, Healthcare Connections
CEO SUMMARY: At the most recent Executive War College, Kerry Kaplan, President of Healthcare Connections in Natick, Massachusetts, discussed

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Misys Health Restructures By Selling Two Divisions

CEO SUMMARY: Misys Healthcare Systems of London, England, has sold its diagnostic LIS systems to Vista Equity Partners of San Francisco, California, for $381.5 million. The deal raises several questions, particularly for those labs currently running Misys laboratory information systems (LIS). Will the new owner make the substantial investment required to upgrade the LIS and

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BC Labs’ LOINC Venture Now Carries Pharma Info

CEO SUMMARY: In British Columbia, two commercial laboratory companies are intense competitors. Yet, beginning in 2002, they jointly offered a single Web browser-based system for lab test results reporting. LOINC was the tool which linked their individual lab data repositories to the PathNET portal. Now the provincial health ministry has authorized the use of PathNET

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