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2022-01-27 4:09:53 AM  
Damn. 80,000 tests daily? That's farking over a shiatload of people. The Lamborghinis though - totally worth it.
 
2022-01-27 7:51:11 AM  
The did the head of the lab speak in an oddly deep voice?
 
2022-01-27 8:01:05 AM  
these geniuses though.
 
2022-01-27 8:04:07 AM  
Heh, Illinois at its finest. The grift runs deep here.
 
2022-01-27 8:24:18 AM  

mrmopar5287: Heh, Illinois at its finest. The grift runs deep here.


Not deep enough or else we would have never heard a thing about this.
 
2022-01-27 8:31:15 AM  

mrmopar5287: Heh, Illinois at its finest. The grift runs deep here.


This grift was across 26 states
 
2022-01-27 8:54:58 AM  
As someone who actually had to work with this company in the not too recent past:

It'a not a bogus lab. They really did process those tests, and they legitimately did hire actual lab techs and staff who knew what they were doing.

What they're in trouble for is their complete failure to comply with HIPAA regulations (despite pretending they were) failure to comply with CDC best practices for labs (despite claiming they were) and running a generally sloppy operation while casually misleading everyone about their (lack of) quality control.

I know how this is going to sound, but this is not really surprising for a business run by fresh-off-the-leerjet middle eastern entrepreneurs. There's a general lack of farks to give about best practices, regulations, industry standards, or standard procedures and an abundance of "I have an MBA and a Rolex, so fark the standards, we're doing it my way."  Which is fine if you're running, say, a hotel or a limousine service where the only people who notice your half-assed management style are your own employees (customers are easily satisfied as long as the fixtures are shiny) but I think alot of them grossly underestimate how tightly regulated the American healthcare industry actually is and the usual "cut every possible corner to save time and money" approach can trigger an avalanche of Very Bad Things.

Of course I could be wrong and they could just be grifters. But I never got the impression that they were grifting; they were just doing everything really halfassed in a way that you just KNEW they were going to end up getting sued. Which, when they did, convinced MY boss to clean up his farking act...
 
2022-01-27 9:05:59 AM  
Seems they could have just done this forever if they hadn't posted their cars on instagram. Customer complaints did nothing.
 
2022-01-27 9:10:18 AM  

akallen404: It'a not a bogus lab. They really did process those tests, and they legitimately did hire actual lab techs and staff who knew what they were doing.


The supposedly "legit" lab that sprung up in my city (it was a LLC created during the pandemic to bid on a testing contract) was basically bogus.

Some Bloomington COVID-19 test results delayed too long, state health officials say
PANTAGRAPH STAFF - July 31, 2020
SPRINGFIELD - State health officials are responding to what they called a "processing delay" of COVID-19 tests handled by Pekin-based Reditus Laboratories, which runs the test site at the McLean County Fairgrounds.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday that processing of up to 3,800 tests conducted between July 12-24 at state community-based or mobile testing sites "have been delayed beyond the appropriate laboratory testing and reporting window."
Bloomington was listed as among the sites that may have been affected, along with Aurora, East St. Louis, Peoria, Rockford, Rolling Meadows, and South Holland.
The state said that most of the more than 450,000 tests done at these sites during that period had already received results. However, officials recommended that anyone who has not yet received their results visit a free state-run testing location to have another specimen collected.
"IDPH is working closely with Reditus Labs to improve their interface with specimen collection at state-run sites and ensure the processing of specimens moves forward in a timely manner," the state said. "Specimens collected after July 24, 2020 are being processed and individuals will be promptly notified of their results."
Reditus officials were not immediately available for comment Friday afternoon. The company did not return a call from The Pantagraph on Thursday.


I was sick with basically every symptom. I was tested on July 20, 2020. They said they'd have my test results within about 24 hours (priority testing). I'll let you know if they ever call me with the results...
 
2022-01-27 9:29:38 AM  
What about the potentially bogus mammogram testing lab?  Did they raid that one yet?

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2022-01-27 9:38:16 AM  

mrmopar5287: akallen404: It'a not a bogus lab. They really did process those tests, and they legitimately did hire actual lab techs and staff who knew what they were doing.

The supposedly "legit" lab that sprung up in my city (it was a LLC created during the pandemic to bid on a testing contract) was basically bogus.

Some Bloomington COVID-19 test results delayed too long, state health officials say
PANTAGRAPH STAFF - July 31, 2020
SPRINGFIELD - State health officials are responding to what they called a "processing delay" of COVID-19 tests handled by Pekin-based Reditus Laboratories, which runs the test site at the McLean County Fairgrounds.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday that processing of up to 3,800 tests conducted between July 12-24 at state community-based or mobile testing sites "have been delayed beyond the appropriate laboratory testing and reporting window."
Bloomington was listed as among the sites that may have been affected, along with Aurora, East St. Louis, Peoria, Rockford, Rolling Meadows, and South Holland.
The state said that most of the more than 450,000 tests done at these sites during that period had already received results. However, officials recommended that anyone who has not yet received their results visit a free state-run testing location to have another specimen collected.
"IDPH is working closely with Reditus Labs to improve their interface with specimen collection at state-run sites and ensure the processing of specimens moves forward in a timely manner," the state said. "Specimens collected after July 24, 2020 are being processed and individuals will be promptly notified of their results."
Reditus officials were not immediately available for comment Friday afternoon. The company did not return a call from The Pantagraph on Thursday.

I was sick with basically every symptom. I was tested on July 20, 2020. They said they'd have my test results within about 24 hours (priority testing). I'll let you know if they ever call me with the results...


That's what I mean. "Basically bogus" in this context could mean fraud (we dumped the samples and took the money).

But it could just as easily mean that the boss hired his 19 year old cousin from Kolkata to work as a lab tech, didn't train him properly, and then ghosted half his customers when the kid screwed up a huge run of PCR samples. shiat like that happens even in major hospitals, the only difference is above-board labs will immediately report the problem to the authorities, then bend over and take the reprimand. Other labs will just close shop, buy a new storefront, move their equipment (and the few employees who know what they're doing) and reopen under a new name.

TLDR; never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.
 
2022-01-27 10:06:45 AM  

akallen404: mrmopar5287: akallen404: It'a not a bogus lab. They really did process those tests, and they legitimately did hire actual lab techs and staff who knew what they were doing.

The supposedly "legit" lab that sprung up in my city (it was a LLC created during the pandemic to bid on a testing contract) was basically bogus.

Some Bloomington COVID-19 test results delayed too long, state health officials say
PANTAGRAPH STAFF - July 31, 2020
SPRINGFIELD - State health officials are responding to what they called a "processing delay" of COVID-19 tests handled by Pekin-based Reditus Laboratories, which runs the test site at the McLean County Fairgrounds.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday that processing of up to 3,800 tests conducted between July 12-24 at state community-based or mobile testing sites "have been delayed beyond the appropriate laboratory testing and reporting window."
Bloomington was listed as among the sites that may have been affected, along with Aurora, East St. Louis, Peoria, Rockford, Rolling Meadows, and South Holland.
The state said that most of the more than 450,000 tests done at these sites during that period had already received results. However, officials recommended that anyone who has not yet received their results visit a free state-run testing location to have another specimen collected.
"IDPH is working closely with Reditus Labs to improve their interface with specimen collection at state-run sites and ensure the processing of specimens moves forward in a timely manner," the state said. "Specimens collected after July 24, 2020 are being processed and individuals will be promptly notified of their results."
Reditus officials were not immediately available for comment Friday afternoon. The company did not return a call from The Pantagraph on Thursday.

I was sick with basically every symptom. I was tested on July 20, 2020. They said they'd have my test results within about 24 hours (priority testing). I'll let you know if they ever call me with the results...

That's what I mean. "Basically bogus" in this context could mean fraud (we dumped the samples and took the money).

But it could just as easily mean that the boss hired his 19 year old cousin from Kolkata to work as a lab tech, didn't train him properly, and then ghosted half his customers when the kid screwed up a huge run of PCR samples. shiat like that happens even in major hospitals, the only difference is above-board labs will immediately report the problem to the authorities, then bend over and take the reprimand. Other labs will just close shop, buy a new storefront, move their equipment (and the few employees who know what they're doing) and reopen under a new name.

TLDR; never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.


I went back to the testing site and first they swore to me that their site was unaffected. "The newspaper put us in that list but it's wrong." I told them I hadn't received the results and showed them the barcode sticker. They typed something into the computer and said "Uh, that's strange" and then told me my results were "Definitely in the computer somewhere" and that I'd have to call the 1-888 number on the website to get the results. That number was a recording of some stuff and told me they don't give results over the phone at that number - and hung up.

Might as well just report those results as positive at this point.
 
2022-01-27 11:32:00 AM  

mrmopar5287: akallen404: mrmopar5287: akallen404: It'a not a bogus lab. They really did process those tests, and they legitimately did hire actual lab techs and staff who knew what they were doing.

The supposedly "legit" lab that sprung up in my city (it was a LLC created during the pandemic to bid on a testing contract) was basically bogus.

Some Bloomington COVID-19 test results delayed too long, state health officials say
PANTAGRAPH STAFF - July 31, 2020
SPRINGFIELD - State health officials are responding to what they called a "processing delay" of COVID-19 tests handled by Pekin-based Reditus Laboratories, which runs the test site at the McLean County Fairgrounds.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday that processing of up to 3,800 tests conducted between July 12-24 at state community-based or mobile testing sites "have been delayed beyond the appropriate laboratory testing and reporting window."
Bloomington was listed as among the sites that may have been affected, along with Aurora, East St. Louis, Peoria, Rockford, Rolling Meadows, and South Holland.
The state said that most of the more than 450,000 tests done at these sites during that period had already received results. However, officials recommended that anyone who has not yet received their results visit a free state-run testing location to have another specimen collected.
"IDPH is working closely with Reditus Labs to improve their interface with specimen collection at state-run sites and ensure the processing of specimens moves forward in a timely manner," the state said. "Specimens collected after July 24, 2020 are being processed and individuals will be promptly notified of their results."
Reditus officials were not immediately available for comment Friday afternoon. The company did not return a call from The Pantagraph on Thursday.

I was sick with basically every symptom. I was tested on July 20, 2020. They said they'd have my test results within about 24 hours (priority testing). I'll let you know if they ever call me with the results...

That's what I mean. "Basically bogus" in this context could mean fraud (we dumped the samples and took the money).

But it could just as easily mean that the boss hired his 19 year old cousin from Kolkata to work as a lab tech, didn't train him properly, and then ghosted half his customers when the kid screwed up a huge run of PCR samples. shiat like that happens even in major hospitals, the only difference is above-board labs will immediately report the problem to the authorities, then bend over and take the reprimand. Other labs will just close shop, buy a new storefront, move their equipment (and the few employees who know what they're doing) and reopen under a new name.

TLDR; never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

I went back to the testing site and first they swore to me that their site was unaffected. "The newspaper put us in that list but it's wrong." I told them I hadn't received the results and showed them the barcode sticker. They typed something into the computer and said "Uh, that's strange" and then told me my results were "Definitely in the computer somewhere" and that I'd have to call the 1-888 number on the website to get the results. That number was a recording of some stuff and told me they don't give results over the phone at that number - and hung up.

Might as well just report those results as positive at this point.


Literally nobody reputable gives test results over the phone. The fact that they had an actual site and a system that clearly wasn't working correctly strongly hints you were dealing with incompetence, not fraud.

It happens.
 
2022-01-27 2:03:30 PM  

akallen404: mrmopar5287: akallen404: mrmopar5287: akallen404: It'a not a bogus lab. They really did process those tests, and they legitimately did hire actual lab techs and staff who knew what they were doing.

The supposedly "legit" lab that sprung up in my city (it was a LLC created during the pandemic to bid on a testing contract) was basically bogus.

Some Bloomington COVID-19 test results delayed too long, state health officials say
PANTAGRAPH STAFF - July 31, 2020
SPRINGFIELD - State health officials are responding to what they called a "processing delay" of COVID-19 tests handled by Pekin-based Reditus Laboratories, which runs the test site at the McLean County Fairgrounds.
The Illinois Department of Public Health said Friday that processing of up to 3,800 tests conducted between July 12-24 at state community-based or mobile testing sites "have been delayed beyond the appropriate laboratory testing and reporting window."
Bloomington was listed as among the sites that may have been affected, along with Aurora, East St. Louis, Peoria, Rockford, Rolling Meadows, and South Holland.
The state said that most of the more than 450,000 tests done at these sites during that period had already received results. However, officials recommended that anyone who has not yet received their results visit a free state-run testing location to have another specimen collected.
"IDPH is working closely with Reditus Labs to improve their interface with specimen collection at state-run sites and ensure the processing of specimens moves forward in a timely manner," the state said. "Specimens collected after July 24, 2020 are being processed and individuals will be promptly notified of their results."
Reditus officials were not immediately available for comment Friday afternoon. The company did not return a call from The Pantagraph on Thursday.

I was sick with basically every symptom. I was tested on July 20, 2020. They said they'd have my test results within about 24 hours (priority testing). I'll let you know if they ever call me with the results...

That's what I mean. "Basically bogus" in this context could mean fraud (we dumped the samples and took the money).

But it could just as easily mean that the boss hired his 19 year old cousin from Kolkata to work as a lab tech, didn't train him properly, and then ghosted half his customers when the kid screwed up a huge run of PCR samples. shiat like that happens even in major hospitals, the only difference is above-board labs will immediately report the problem to the authorities, then bend over and take the reprimand. Other labs will just close shop, buy a new storefront, move their equipment (and the few employees who know what they're doing) and reopen under a new name.

TLDR; never attribute to malice that which can be adequately explained by stupidity.

I went back to the testing site and first they swore to me that their site was unaffected. "The newspaper put us in that list but it's wrong." I told them I hadn't received the results and showed them the barcode sticker. They typed something into the computer and said "Uh, that's strange" and then told me my results were "Definitely in the computer somewhere" and that I'd have to call the 1-888 number on the website to get the results. That number was a recording of some stuff and told me they don't give results over the phone at that number - and hung up.

Might as well just report those results as positive at this point.

Literally nobody reputable gives test results over the phone. The fact that they had an actual site and a system that clearly wasn't working correctly strongly hints you were dealing with incompetence, not fraud.

It happens.


IL DPH was calling with results.

Current testing site (new contractor) calls you within one hour if you are positive.
 
2022-01-27 9:29:08 PM  

mrmopar5287: IL DPH was calling with results.

Current testing site (new contractor) calls you within one hour if you are positive.


Sketchy. Unless they're doing some very specific things to verify your identity over the phone, that's a glaring HIPAA violation.
 
2022-01-28 8:15:04 AM  

akallen404: mrmopar5287: IL DPH was calling with results.

Current testing site (new contractor) calls you within one hour if you are positive.

Sketchy. Unless they're doing some very specific things to verify your identity over the phone, that's a glaring HIPAA violation.


What else are they supposed to do?
 
2022-01-28 8:29:31 AM  

akallen404: mrmopar5287: IL DPH was calling with results.

Current testing site (new contractor) calls you within one hour if you are positive.

Sketchy. Unless they're doing some very specific things to verify your identity over the phone, that's a glaring HIPAA violation.


This article from almost 2 years ago starts with a doctor calling patients with thier results. For rural areas this may be the easiest/fastest way to get the info to them.

https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.inquirer.com/health/expert-opinions/doctor-calling-patient-covid-19-test-results-20200430.html%3foutputType=amp
 
2022-01-28 10:50:19 AM  

toast28: This article from almost 2 years ago starts with a doctor calling patients with thier results. For rural areas this may be the easiest/fastest way to get the info to them.


It's not really a rural area - this is just literally how it's done here. They have two testing sites in the city run by the same company. You sign up online and choose if you want a rapid nasal test or a PCR test. For the PCR test you have to create a Quest Diagnostics account to get the results, because I guess that's the lab partnered with to run those tests and generate the paperwork for airline travel and whatnot.

The rapid nasal tests are results in less than one hour. You give them your online registration number and they do the testing while you sit in the car. They tell you "If you are positive you will get a phone call within one hour at the number you registered. If you are negative you will get an email later tonight with results. We are only calling people for positive test results." Sometime around 9-10 pm the negative test results are blasted out in a batch of emails.

I don't know why anything thinks this is unusual. It's what they are doing. So many tests are being done that only people testing positive can be called via telephone to notify them and then probably (I don't know exactly what is done) handed off to the county health department for advisements of what to do - stay home, isolate, go to the ER if you develop severe symptoms, etc.
 
2022-01-28 10:57:51 AM  

toast28: This article from almost 2 years ago starts with a doctor calling patients with thier results. For rural areas this may be the easiest/fastest way to get the info to them.


I was and would be more cheesed off to have to come to some office appointment to get test results.

Years ago I was getting tested for Hep B. I had sold plasma at a clinic for cash and popped positive. I got reamed by the plasma clinic people because they were berating me about how I "lied about this on the intake questionnaire" when I literally had no idea. The county health department couldn't do anything and I got pointed to the local liver specialist for some blood testing. They sent me to the lab and took like 5 huge vials of blood for a number of virus panel testings. A week later I call the doctor office and speak to the nurse. She looks in the computer, tells me the test results are back, and when I ask about them she nervously Hmmms and Ummms and tells me I have to come talk to the doctor next week. I spend about a week sweating and feeling like shiat, because this obviously means bad news, right? I get to see the doctor and she tells me that everything is fine - I have no active viral infection but that I have antibodies in my blood indicating a prior sporadic infection that my body naturally fought off at some prior point, and that's why the positive blood test was found at the plasma clinic.

A month later I get a bill for $350 for the office visit. I called the hospital administration to biatch about that. There was zero reason I needed to have them try to suck an extra $350 out of my wallet for me to show up and get some test results read to me when the nurse could tell me over the phone (after verifying my ID, of course). The administrator agreed to waive the bill and said he would "have a talk to that doctor about that type of office visit." I don't know about the talking to her because that seems the kind of revenue generation the administrator would get a semi when thinking about it.
 
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