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Cleveland Clinic Lab dramatically reduces doctors ordering unnecessary tests

This is an excerpt from a 2,920-word article in the May 7, 2018 issue of THE DARK REPORT. The complete article is available for a limited time to all readers, and available at all times to paid members of the Dark Intelligence Group.  …

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Cleveland Clinic Lab Has Multi-year Test Utilization Success

CEO SUMMARY: Over the 24 months of a first-generation round of laboratory test utilization management projects, the Cleveland Clinic laboratories prevented more than 30,000 duplicate or inappropriate test orders, saving almost $2.7 million. Now implementing a second-generation of labtest …

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Sonora Quest PSCs in Safeway Stores Prove Popular with Consumers

CEO SUMMARY: In a pilot program started in November 2015, Sonora Quest Laboratories built patient service centers in two Safeway grocery stores. That program went so well that patients filled available appointments in a matter of weeks. Sonora Quest even reported an increase in the number…

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Lab Industry Unprepared For FDA Action on LDTs

CEO SUMMARY: News stories about the FDA’s stated intention to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) generally play up the agency’s comments about the need to assert regulatory oversight of genetic tests and direct consumer access testing. But what has gone unremarked by …

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New Clinical Lab Trends To Shape Events in 2010

CEO SUMMARY: In presenting this list of macro trends for clinical laboratories, several themes are in play. They range from a continued emphasis on improving lab operations to the need to acquire and deploy sophisticated information technology. During the next few years, the long…

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2009’s Top Ten Lab Stories Reflect Some Good, Bad

CEO SUMMARY: As the closing year of the first decade of the new century and the new millennium, 2009 brought neither disruption nor upheaval to the majority of laboratories in the United States. Rather, it was marked by at least two themes. One was how public disclosure of problems with l…

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Auckland Health Boards Give DML Some Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Auckland’s chaotic lab testing situation just became more complicated. Today the Auckland District Health Boards announced a four-year contract to allow Diagnostic Medlab to perform 10% of the area’s test volume, primarily for private hospitals and private specialists. It…

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Why Choice is Important in Healthcare

THESE ARE INTERESTING TIMES IN HEALTHCARE AND LABORATORY TESTING—both here and across the globe. In the United States, elected officials in Congress are busy assembling 1,000-page bills to make over the nation’s entire healthcare system under the guise of extending coverage to those who are curre…

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Lab Test Fiasco Unfolding In Auckland, New Zealand

CEO SUMMARY: This may be the shortest lab testing contract honeymoon ever. Just ten days after LabTests became responsible for an exclusive, eight-year lab testing contract covering the Auckland area, problems with its service and operation caused District Health Board (DHB) offi…

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Audacious Lab Contract Shows Downside Risks

CEO SUMMARY: In Auckland, New Zealand, unfolding events may soon reveal the answer to a long-standing question in pathology: is there a point where deep cuts to payment for lab testing causes such a decline in quality and service that other health services undergo disruption? Dis…

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