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Aurora Diagnostics Acquires Pathology Groups, Posts Loss

ONE OF THE MORE CURIOUS SITUATIONS IN THE LAB INDUSTRY TODAY is the story of Aurora Diagnostics of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla. Even as it loses money, it continues to acquire pathology group practices. Aurora recently issued its earnings report. For 2016, it disclosed a net loss of $29…

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CMS and CAP Comment On CLIA PT Matters

CEO SUMMARY: Federal regulators rely on interpretations from administrative law judges (ALJ) for guidance in how to apply the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) as they pertain to proficiency testing (PT) and the issue of inadvertent PT referrals. Representatives of the Cen…

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Seven Deadly Sins of Lab Management Are Much Too Common

CEO SUMMARY: Pity the poor laboratory manager of today. Lab budgets are shrinking. It is difficult to staff adequate numbers of skilled medical technologists. Baby boomers are now retiring. At the same time, accreditation and licensure inspections are becoming tougher. Recently, …

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Elevating Lab Testing At Policymaking Table

CEO SUMMARY: With the help of contributing clinical laboratories, the CDC has launched an ambitious effort to gather data, apply evidence review methods used in clinical studies, then identify and publish best practices in laboratory medicine. The goal is to advance the value of …

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Staunch Laboratory Advocate Retires After 31 Years of Service

LAST MONTH, THE LABORATORY INDUSTRY lost one its most dedicated, full-time advocates. With his retirement in January, Joe Boone, Ph.D., ended a 31-year career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Boone started with the CDC in 1977. In 1992, he …

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Current Review of CLIA Standards Intended to Address Laboratory PT

EFFORTS ARE UNDER WAY TO REVIEW existing requirements for laboratory certification under the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA). CLIA legislation was a response by Congress to widely-publicized failings in the quality and performance of certain cytology and office laboratories during …

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CDC Seeks to Identify Best Laboratory Practices

CEO SUMMARY: To advance the goal of enhancing the practice of laboratory medicine, the CDC has organized two teams of laboratory experts. They will study best practices and proficiency testing in medical labs nationwide. Such approaches as lab standards, voluntary reporting of adverse eve…

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“Coming Out” Party In Atlanta for IQLM

CEO SUMMARY: It was like a debutante ball for the fledgling Institute for Quality in Laboratory Medicine (IQLM). Over three days, thought leaders in healthcare and laboratory testing tackled the issue of how laboratory medicine can improve patient safety and contribute to higher-quality h…

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Florida Labs Face Off With Hurricane Charley

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 …

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Sysmex Anticipates Major Shifts In Laboratory Testing Market

“Innovating from our core technologies will lead Sysmex into very different areas of laboratory testing.” —John Kershaw CEO SUMMARY: Sysmex America, Inc. surprised many this year when it hired its own sales and service team and begin distribu…

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