Month: August 1999

“August 30, 1999 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

There’s a new for-profit hospital player out there which probably needs a good laboratory leader. Iasis Corp. of Nashville, Tennessee just spent more than $800 million to buy 15 hospitals. Iasis is a hospital management company. It expects both deals to close in October. Odds are that Iasis will need to create a position for …

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KC Regional Lab Network Makes Steady Progress

CEO SUMMARY: In Kansas City, members of the Regional Laboratory Alliance (RLA) had a common purpose in forming their network four years ago—to preserve their status as laboratory provider for a major managed care plan in their area. After successfully attaining that goal, RLA’s member labs are preparing to raise the bar and implement some …

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Bankruptcy at Universal Standard Brings End to Detroit Laboratory

ANOTHER OF THE EARLY 1990’S wunderkind laboratory companies is now defunct. On August 13, Universal Standard Healthcare, Inc. (UHCI) filed a Chapter 7 Bankruptcy action in federal court and ceased business operations. Headquartered in Southfield, Michigan, Universal Standard was one of a handful of clinical laboratories that went public in the early 1990s. It used …

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Don’t Take Your Eyes Off the Ball!

HOW MANY OF US HAD A FATHER WHO TAUGHT US THE BASICS OF BASEBALL almost as soon as we learned to walk? I can still remember my father repeatedly advising me “don’t take your eyes off the ball!” With the recent merger of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories (SBCL), the warning “don’t …

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Reference Labs Intensify Battle for Send-Out Tests

CEO SUMMARY: Expect a battle royale for hospital reference and esoteric testing by the handful of labs that offer such testing to hospitals throughout the country. With the merger of Quest Diagnostics Incorporated and SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories now a fact, competitors are already swarming into hospital labs with offers of better service and improved …

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Kaiser’s National Lab Business Awarded to American Medical Laboratories

MANY EXECUTIVES in the laboratory industry will be surprised to learn that American Medical Laboratories, Inc. (AML) of Chantilly, Virginia has aced out Quest Diagnostics Incorporated to become the primary reference laboratory for all divisions of Kaiser Permanente across the United States. As of press time, there was no public announcement about the contract award. …

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Clinical Lab and Pathology Informatics Merging For Internet Solutions

CEO SUMMARY: Information is where both clinical laboratories and anatomic pathologists will continue to add value to healthcare in the future. At this year’s Executive War College in May, THE DARK REPORT asked several leading innovators in laboratory and pathology informatics to share their actual experience in funding and operating the earliest telemedicine and telepathology …

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West Hills Hospital Lab Hits Outreach Home Run

CEO SUMMARY: Popular wisdom says that California’s managed care market is a financial disaster for clinical laboratories. Yet here’s an exciting story about a community hospital that launched a brand-new laboratory outreach program in 1997 and found solid success. During the last two years, specimen volume is up, profits are increasing, and the laboratory is …

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Outsourcing Lab Outreach Leads to Better Service

CEO SUMMARY: Many hospital laboratories continue to endure non-stop cutbacks to staffing and funding. The success of the recently instituted laboratory testing outreach program at West Hills Hospital and Medical Center validates that the market continues to reward labs willing to offer added-value services. These are the laboratories which will emerge as winners in tomorrow’s …

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Ten Myths of Lab Management That Led the Clinical Lab Industry Astray

Part One of a Special Series CEO SUMMARY: One of our most popular series ever was the “13 Perilous Parallels” of laboratory management. This four-part story appeared in 1996 and chronicled similar management strategies used by various national laboratories during the ten years leading up to 1996. It was a revealing look at how commercial …

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