Tag: specimen processing

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 Inspector General issued a report last month. It determined that a staff shortage

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Discovery of Pathology Errors Shows Quality Flaws

MOST PATHOLOGISTS WOULD AGREE THAT PATIENTS AND THEIR PHYSICIANS have every right to expect a timely, accurate lab test result. Stated differently, patients and physicians implicitly trust that a pathology laboratory in the United States will not make errors in specimen processing (technical component) and diagnosis (professional component).

For these reasons, the recent federal Centers for

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Combining Lean with Lab Automation to Get Impressive Results

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CEO SUMMARY: By combining total lab automation with Lean techniques in a comprehensive makeover of its microbiology lab, one of the largest labs providing hospital acute care and community microbiology services in North America achieved major benefits. Benefits ranged from improvements in lab result turnaround time and reduced errors to significant gains in staff productivity and the quality of lab test results. Productivity improvements allowed the micro lab to absorb a 15% increase in specimen volume while staff levels were reduced by six full-time equivalent MLTs.

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LabCorp, Bio-Reference Labs, Epic, OHSU, Alberta Health

LABCORP, BRLI ISSUE REVISED GUIDANCE OF LOWER EARNINGS
IN RECENT WEEKS, at least two public lab companies have issued downward earnings guidance for 2014. These changes are based, in part, on expected reimbursement reductions from the Medicare program.

It was December 10 when Laboratory Corporation of America told investors that its full year 2013 earnings per share

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From Modest Beginnings, Two Lab Networks Find Success

“For 20 years, our regional laboratory network here in Detroit has played an important role in helping member hospital laboratories build their lab outreach programs.”

—Jack Shaw, Executive Director, Joint Venture Hospital Laboratories
CEO Summary: During the 1990s, hospital laboratories in Detroit, Michigan (1992), and Seattle, Washington (1996), banded together to form regional laboratory networks. In both

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Allina Opens State-of-the-Art Central Laboratory Facility

THIS MONTH, THE NATION’S NEWEST “designed from scratch” clinical laboratory facility began operating in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is the central laboratory of Allina Hospitals & Clinics and its design is rooted in Lean and similar process improvement and workflow principles.

The $29 million new facility consolidates laboratories from 12 locations in five different Allina buildings into

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