CEO SUMMARY: Two years ago, the rate of hemolysis in blood drawn in the Cleveland Clinic’s Emergency Department was about nine times higher than the ASCP recommended rate of 2%. With a two-year cooperative agreement and funding from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the ED and clinical lab staff developed a quality
CEO SUMMARY: With the advent of 2013, almost every lab was responding to some type of price cut. Clinical labs are dealing with the sequential, multi-year cuts to the Medicare Part B Lab Test Price Schedule. Anatomic pathology labs are still adjusting to the expiration of the TC Grandfather clause last summer, as well as
CEO SUMMARY: In Brampton and Etobicoke, Ontario, the hospital laboratories of William Osler Health System are using the quality management system of ISO 15189 to stay ahead of two powerful trends. Combining the QMS with Lean methods allows the labs’ management and staff to continuously improve performance in four important dimensions: decreasing turnaround times, reducing
CEO SUMMARY: This intelligence briefing is the third in an ongoing series about quality management systems (QMS) and their role in advancing the performance of clinical laboratories and improving the quality of the testing services they provide. ISO 15189 is a set of standards for medical laboratories based on the ISO 9001 quality management system.
CEO SUMMARY: Times are good in the laboratory industry. At least that’s the opinion of a growing number of professional investors. They are searching throughout the country for laboratories to acquire. They are motivated by the consistent financial performance of many lab companies, both public and private. Another message from the Spectrum sale is that
CEO SUMMARY: It’s another example of a commercial laboratory taking over the laboratory assets of a multi-hospital consolidated laboratory. Will LabOne manage these assets and get more growth, more cost savings, and more profit? If this happens, it will mark the third time in recent years that leadership by individuals with commercial laboratory skills and
I ENCOURAGE OUR CLIENTS AND REGULAR READERS to give careful thought to the intelligence findings provided by our editor about the unfolding laboratory joint venture in Cincinnati between LabOne, Inc. and The Health Alliance. (See here and here.)
He contends that LabOne will bring additional management skills and experience to this established multi-hospital laboratory venture. Those skills,
CEO SUMMARY: For two decades, the limited number of laboratory joint ventures that appeared were invariably partnerships between commercial labs and hospital labs. Today’s hostile healthcare environment makes it tougher for these types of joint ventures to prosper and meet the needs all partners. But the concept of shared lab ventures will not disappear. Now
REGIONALIZATION OF LABORATORY SERVICES has been the primary theme behind all major changes to the clinical lab industry since the mid-1980s. There have been several phases, such as commercial lab consolidation, and hospital lab consolidation. But a constant factor underlying each of these phases has been the increased regionalization of lab services.
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SWARM OF LAWSUITS NOW PLAGUES ABBOTT LABS
PAYING A $100 MILLION FINE TO THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not end Abbott Laboratories, Inc.’s problems related to its diagnostic test kits and reagents.
Since payment of the FDA fine last month, Abbott has been served by a number of lawsuits. Most of these suits involve unhappy