Mike sent me an email with his LabCorp complaint and even included pictures. He went to LabCorp for tests, and one of them required him to provide urine samples. He had the urine tests but as you’ll read below, it was somewhat disgusting. After a long wait his doctor finally received the results from LabCorp and gave him an appointment for tomorrow. Hope the results are favorable for him. Here’s his email
I went to Labcorp for routine medical tests today at 1217 East Ave, Sarasota. When I arrived there were several elderly patients arguing with confrontational Labcorp employees that they had provided urine samples while the staff insisted that they had not. One elderly man stated that he witnessed his sample being stolen.
When my turn came, my blood was drawn and I was handed a cup and a plastic lid that looked like a paper coffee cup. It had my name written on it with pen, no number. I was told to go into a bathroom. The bathroom was filthy and there were numerous puddles and spots of urine on the floor, the counters, the sinks.
There were also several rings of urine left by previous cups on the counter. It was apparent that the urine was from numerous persons. I was not given an alcohol wipe or instructed to wipe my hands. The woman scolded me for handing her the cup and told me to leave it on the dirty counter. I told her the bathroom was filthy and she said someone cleans it later.
The employees there were morbidly obese, confrontational, rude, and appeared to have a limited intellect. I am 50 years old and have utilized the health system in several states, Mexico, Central America and South America. I have never witnessed such a bizarre situation and unsanitary conditions in a health care facility. This facility is below third world standards and I do not feel comfortable with the integrity of any results. Mike
LabCorp (Laboratory Croporation of America) shares of stock fell more than 2% on Tuesday, March 23rd after a Deutsche Bank analyst downgraded the company’s stock (NYSE: LH) from “buy” to “hold.” LabCorp is the second largest US commercial reference lab. One of the key factors cited for this change was lower than expected First Quarter volume. Physician office visits have been below the trend line for the first two months of 2010 and physician offices are responsible for a significant percentage of LabCorp’s test volume. It is estimated that for every 1% increase in the unemployment rate, 2.5 million Americans lose their health care benefits.
Other factors influencing the recommendation were weather, intensifying competition and possible pricing pressures from public payors. The analysts reported that “Downside risks: competition, Medicare / Medicaid / VA cuts, weak demand. Upside risks: accretive M&A and share buyback, higher volume growth.”
The United States Department of Labor is investigating Labcorp for not being in compliance with their affirmative action plan and for discriminating against certain sectors of the population. In a recent letter received by LabCorp Sucks from a former employee, the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment Standards Administration’s Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs requested that their Jacksonville, Florida office consider the allegations made by the former employee when conducting future compliance evaluations of Laboratory Corporation of America.
If Laboratory Corporation of America (LabCorp) is found to not be in compliance and fails to correct the problems, they can be sanctioned and could even be restricted from participating in the Medicaid and Medicare program, two major income sources for the Laboratory company. LabCorp can also be prohibited from participating in other government programs, including the CHAMPUS program (The Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services) that provides laboratory services to government employees, and to Veterans Administration program beneficiaries. LabCorp currently contracts with all these government programs to provide reference laboratory services to program participants. Since many HMOs that serve the beneficiaries of these federal programs also contract with LabCorp, the HMOs would also be restricted from using LabCorp. The loss in business could be in the hundreds of millions and could be catastrophic to LabCorp stock (NYSE: LH).
LabCorp’s discrimination problems have been well known to company insiders. The company has various lawsuits pending and has had to settle others by paying out millions. In a recent Florida case, LabCorp even had to fire the law firm representing them after accusations of obstruction of justice by the firm.
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Susan sent me an email that I find interesting. It’s an experience that many current and former LabCorp patients have lived through. It goes to the root of the problem, that the supervisors and managers at LabCorp, in my opinion, are some of the worst in the industry. I can’t blame the technicians, phlebotomists and clerks for their actions when the managers and supervisors fail to properly train them or even call to their attention their wrongdoings.
As many LabCorp employees have stated in this site “forget qualifications, if you kiss butt at LabCorp you move up.” In my personal case when I complained to Bob Blanco, the district manager, he insulted me and called me a liar. The director of patient services, Ana Garcia, also insulted me and said I was lying. This is how these bad managers cover their incompetence. If the employees are not doing their job appropriately, the managers are responsible. By supervisors closing their eyes to reality and making believe that everything is good, they believe that they did their job. The worst part is that the company executives believe them and instead of firing them, promote them. I predict that this fantasy land scenario will bring this company down, regardless of how much money they sucker out of Wall Street.
I am very bad with computers and didn’t see where to post my own story, but I have quite a tale that you can file with whomever you wish. I would title it “Lab Corp technicians are not fully trained to a competent level.” I sent a similar story to Lab Corp a while back and called our insurance company, BC/CS of NJ Directly this morning.
On January 22, 2010, I had a Glucose Tolerance Test (GTT) done at a Lab Corp. The technician told me I was scheduled to have a one hour GTT and directed me to drink the sugar water. Startled, I asked if they didn’t need to take a base line blood evaluation ahead. He said no, so I drank it. Fifteen minutes later a worker came rushing into the waiting room and said I needed to take a base line test IMMEDIATELY. The same now nervous tech took 3 tries getting my blood. Admitting I should have had the test prior to drinking, he also told me that I had only drunk 2/3 the amount of glucose required for that test, therefore guaranteeing me false results.
For the next 45 minutes I shivered on the table unable to get warm (shock?). I’ve had cancer and mono and so don’t take such tests lightly. During that time I heard my tech giving instructions on “how to do it” to yet another tech that was administering another GTT in a different room!
For the final blood drawing my tech tied the rubber tubing so tight around my arm that I yelled. He loosened it, but I had fairly continuous tingling in my hand for the next 5 or 6 days, and still do on occasion weeks later. Yet a new symptom and worst, when I went to get off the table I couldn’t walk. More than 5 weeks later I still have trouble walking. I pointed out to the insurance company this morning that they have spent an exorbitant amount on me for this mistaken test. I have been to emergency and specialists’ rooms fairly continuously since then. Indeed, I spent the night before last in the hospital under observation; the reason being that I could not stand at all.
I told our insurance company I was making a complaint about Lab Corp and “suggested” that they do one of two things. Either they should not have Lab Corps as their only covered lab or that they pressure the company to adequately train their technicians before releasing them to commit mayhem. Weeks ago I had written to Lab Corp that I didn’t feel that the technicians are the responsible parties when I see TWO at such a loss. I blame the company!
I was motivated to call this morning since I need yet another blood test tomorrow to find out why my legs keep collapsing. I dread another visit to Lab Corp!
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