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OIG Finds 120-Day Delays at Memphis VA Path Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Last year, Veterans Administration officials received an anonymous complaint about delays in laboratory specimen processing and results at the Memphis VA Medical Center may have harmed patients and led to a patient death. Following an investigation, the VA’s Office of Inspe…

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Pathology Errors a Factor in 3 Deaths at VA Hospital

CEO SUMMARY: Outside pathologists are reviewing the pathology reports of almost 20,000 patients of an Arkansas Veterans Administration hospital following termination of a Chief of Pathology who was believed to have handled cases while impaired. Currently, the review identified 256 cases w…

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Wake Forest Baptist Hospital Reviewing Path Lab Deficiencies

CEO SUMMARY: In response to information the staff provided to Wake Forest Baptist Hospital’s risk manager last fall, and following a federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services inspection in February, CMS describes deficiencies found as “an immediate jeopardy to the health and …

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CMS Report, News Stories Describe Pathology Issues

CEO SUMMARY: In response to information the pathology lab staff provided to the hospital’s risk manager last fall, and following a federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services inspection in February, the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is taking corrective action to fix serious…

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May 19, 2014 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

How about a hospital that doesn’t have a medical laboratory but issues lab test reports to patients? This unusual development happened in India recently. The Free Press Journal of Mumbai, India, reported earlier this month that government health officials had conducted a surprise inspectio…

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Ottawa Pathology Lab Cuts Turnaround Time By More Than 50%

CEO Summary: Pathologists at Ottawa Hospital not only must handle a large volume of specimens regularly, but are experiencing a 14% per year growth in the number of specimens. Last year, when the average turnaround time for a case was nine days, the pathology department embarked …

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Why Canada Has Growing Shortage of Pathologists

CEO SUMMARY: In Canada, it is known that the supply of pathologists and laboratory physicians has diminished since 1998. Further, a federal program that measures patient wait times for certain surgical and imaging procedures does not measure how long patients wait for ana…

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August 15, 2011 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Last Friday, the acquisition of Southern Diagnostic Laboratories, Inc., of Birmingham, Alabama, was announced by Solstas Lab Partners of Greensboro, North Carolina. Steve Boyd, who is the Founder and CEO of Southern Diagnostics, will become a Senior Vice President at…

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Pathology Records Found At Massachusetts Dump

CEO SUMMARY: Pathologists at four Massachusetts hospitals got a powerful reminder recently that a breach of protected health information (PHI) can occur at any time for the most unexpected reason. Earlier this month, the Boston Globe reported that the pathology reports and patien…

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Pathology Errors in Canada Make National News Once Again

YET ONE MORE TIME, pathology errors are making national headlines in Canada. News of errors by a surgeon and a pathologist in a Windsor, Ontario, hospital caught provincial health officials off balance. The simple story is that an experienced surgeon at 305-bed Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital …

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