Month: December 1999

1999’s Top Ten Stories Reflect Speed of Change

CEO SUMMARY: This year’s round-up of the lab industry’s Top Ten most important stories lacks any compelling single theme. THE DARK REPORT’s conclusion? 1999 was a transition year. No new outside forces rattled the lab industry, allowing lab executives and pathologists to concentrate on implementing their particular laboratory’s business plan. However, early hints at transformational …

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Court Rules Against Roche In PCR/Taq Patent Dispute

DECEMBER 7, 1999 WAS NOT an auspicious day for Hoffmann-LaRoche. One of its patents related to the PCR testing process was ruled invalid by a Federal District Court. The ruling involved Roche’s ’818 Taq patent, an enzyme used in the PCR process. The Court found that the patent holder had intentionally withheld material information and …

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LabCorp and CIGNA Ink New Provider Agreement

CEO SUMMARY: After four years of working with SmithKline Beecham Clinical Labs as its sole designated laboratory provider, Cigna Healthcare recently opened the door to Laboratory Corporation of America. THE DARK REPORT believes this development is first evidence that the nation’s largest managed care companies are finding sole source lab contracts may be overly restrictive …

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Lab Network in Florida Becoming Tough Player

CEO SUMMARY: Throughout the 1990s, a growing number of hospital laboratory administrators learned the value of a professionally-managed lab outreach program. In a few markets, these savvy lab leaders moved to the next level: using regional laboratory networks to solidify their local market dominance while competing against the national labs for region-wide managed care contracts. …

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Specialty Labs Moving To Web-Based Services

CEO SUMMARY: Competition for hospital reference and esoteric testing remains intense. Three years ago, Specialty Laboratories made an early bet on Internet technology. It believed that being first to offer faster and less complicated access to laboratory informatics resources would give it a competitive edge among hospital laboratory clients. Here’s a look at the management …

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“December 13, 1999 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Pathology Consultants of America, Inc. announced a promotion and a new hire. Bill McDowell was promoted to Vice President and Chief Development Officer. The new member to PCA’s management team is Edward D. Dooling. Dooling will be Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Managed Care. PCA, a pathology physician management company in Nashville, Tennessee, is …

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