CEO SUMMARY: Standardization of bar code labels is a concept whose time has come. After implementing CLSI standard AUTO12-A, first-mover clinical labs report fewer specimen identification errors, a reduction of costs associated with specimen handling errors, and a boost in lab productivity. Moreover, accrediting bodies such as The Joint Commission and the College of American
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CEO SUMMARY: Despite clear language in Florida’s new state law that bans the placement of laboratory employees in a physicians’ office, some clinical lab companies want to continue the practice of placing specimen collectors in physicians’ offices. These opinions were voiced by lab executives during a meeting on June 28 in Tallahassee, Florida, at the
CEO SUMMARY: Patient identity theft by a phlebotomist, prosecuted and convicted under HIPAA. This is a story whose true dimensions went unreported within the laboratory industry—until now! THE DARK REPORT is first to alert its clients to the possibility that every laboratory and pathology group practice may be at greater risk from internal patient identity
CEO SUMMARY: Without much fanfare or public attention, one lab is achieving recognition for quality and service excellence possibly unmatched in the clinical laboratory industry. In 2003, Sonora Quest Laboratories received Arizona’s Pioneer Award for Quality—the first healthcare provider in Arizona to win that award. Its next goal is to achieve the state’s highest honor,
CEO SUMMARY: Hurricane Charley not only validated long-standing laboratory emergency contingency plans, but it introduced new issues. Even two weeks after the hurricane, hospital labs in the most affected communities continue to deal with storm-related problems. One issue is that damaged physicians’ offices are closed, making it a challenge to report lab test results on
CEO SUMMARY: Here’s an exclusive peek into a three-year battle between medical technologists wanting to do the right thing and a laboratory manager—backed by hospital administration—who aggressively stifled well-justified dissent. It is an inside look at one of the most grievous failures of a hospital-based laboratory in several decades. By knowingly reporting unreliable test results,
CEO SUMMARY: Joint ventures and collaborative business relationships between hospital laboratories and commercial laboratories continue to be a difficult business model. Recent events in Seattle demonstrate the challenges and frustrations of establishing such ventures, then making them successful. One footnote to the Seattle story is the success of a regional laboratory network at grabbing market
CEO SUMMARY: With the acquisition of ARL/LabSouth, based in Birmingham and Montgomery, Dynacare immediately becomes a major player in the Alabama marketplace. Several interesting aspects to the sale demonstrate that it is becoming increasingly difficult for independent commercial laboratories to access the capital needed to continually upgrade capabilities and fund expansion efforts.
ONCE AGAIN Dynacare Inc.
EVERY NOW AND THEN I WANT TO TAKE some segment of the laboratory industry to task for things they ought to be doing. Today it will be hospital laboratory directors.
Virtually every hospital lab administrator in the United States will tell you that they are concerned about the job stability and welfare of their lab employees.
IT IS ONLY IN HINDSIGHT THAT MOST PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THE TRUTH of a situation. Unfortunately for laboratory employees in New York City, the lack of foresight by their leaders must inevitably lead to job cutbacks at three recently constructed laboratories.
As you will read in our “Tale of Two Cities” starting on the next page, at