CDC Reports that Hospital Improvement Programs Cut ICU Infection Rate by 58%

Clinical pathology laboratory testing played a role in reducing rate of ICU infections Here’s a big win for improved patient outcomes, and clinical labs and pathologists played a significant role in this achievement. Central line-associated blood stream infections (CLABSI) in ICUs decreased in number by a whopping 58% from 2001 to 2009, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Some healthcare experts attribute this significant reduction in ICU infections to greater...

British Professor Advocates Less Pathology Testing for Cervical Cancer

Professor Peter Sasieni says women vaccinated for HPV may only need two cervical cancer screening tests during their lifetime Here’s a spicy new subject for debate among pathologists and women’s health specialists. Would it be safe for a woman who has been vaccinated for HPV (human papillomavirus) to get just two cervical cancer screening tests in her lifetime—one at age 30 and the other at age 45? A prominent professor in the United Kingdom recently advocated just such a medical laboratory...

UPMC to Use Digital Pathology Imaging to Provide Anatomic Pathology Consulting Services to China

Second-opinion consults will be handled by UPMC’s sub-specialist pathologists Here’s a unique anatomic pathology collaboration that crosses international borders and will utilize state-of-the-art digital pathology technology to support subspecialty pathologist consultations between the United States and China. In recent weeks, the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) disclosed that it will provide a range of healthcare services to what is only described as “the largest pathology...

Dartmouth Researchers Say that Doctors Now Work Fewer Hours Than Lawyers

Trend may affect workforce needs of clinical pathology laboratories, according to JAMA study Doctors now work fewer hours than lawyers! This finding has serious implications for the healthcare industry in coming years. Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups  will want to understand how this trend might affect their service relationships with physicians. Researchers determined that—for the first time—doctors are working fewer hours than lawyers. They predict this trend could lead...

OIG Determines that CMS Failed to Report Disciplinary Actions against Clinical Pathology Laboratories and other Providers

Findings came after OIG audited the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Databank Adverse actions taken by federal healthcare regulators against clinical pathology laboratories and other healthcare providers have not been reported to a public database as required by law. That is the finding of the Office of the Inspector General (OIG), based on its study of the information contained in the Healthcare Integrity and Protection Data Bank (HIPDB). During its audit of the HIPDB, the OIG determined...
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