Month: December 2001

American Healthcare At a New Crossroads

IN SELECTING OUR “TOP TEN” BIGGEST STORIES of the lab industry for 2001, we’ve had some interesting discussions here at THE DARK REPORT about what’s happening in the American healthcare system and how it’s affecting laboratories and pathology group practices. I believe that our healthcare system is at a crossroads. All the evidence says that, during …

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2001’s Ten Big Stories Presage Future Direction

CEO SUMMARY: During 2001, few labs found themselves under intense pressure to change or react to dramatic events in the healthcare marketplace. Like 2000, this past year was marked by evolutionary progress, not revolutionary change. However, continuing signs indicate that consumers will play a greater role in decisions involving lab tests. One surprise: slow growth …

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Tripath Imaging Ready To Roil Pap Test Market

CEO SUMMARY: Single-handedly, Cytyc Corporation has built the market for thin-layer Pap smear testing. Executives at TriPath Imaging are now ready to challenge Cytyc’s dominance by offering what they believe is a different value proposition to labs: an automated liquid preparation system married to an automated Pap smear screening system that can read both thin-layer …

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Laboratories Worth Watching With Stories as Yet Untold

BURIED IN MY FILES are any number of magnificent examples of innovative laboratory and pathology management that have yet to reach print in THE DARK REPORT. The limitation is space, influenced by the need to report on important breaking news. THE DARK REPORT is, by design, a compact and fast-to-read source of useful intelligence on …

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New Lab Company Ready To Open In Orlando, FL

CEO SUMMARY: Within the next 60 days, a brand-new clinical laboratory company will begin operations in Orlando, Florida. In the short term, it plans to offer routine testing to physicians’ offices. However, the real goal is to create a laboratory organization with integrated information management capability and molecular testing services that will allow it to …

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DIANON Systems, United Health, Aetna, Quest Diagnostics, Orchid, AmeriPath

DIANON SYSTEMS INKS NATIONAL AGREEMENT WITH UNITEDHEALTHCARE A NEW NATIONAL AGREEMENT between DIANON Systems, Inc. and UnitedHealthcare was announced last week. The agreement allows DIANON Systems to provide pathology and genetic testing services to all the beneficiaries in health plans offered by UnitedHealthCare, a division of UnitedHealth Group. It consolidates a number of existing agreements …

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“December 17, 2001 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Laboratorians interested in the economic paradoxes that sunk the managed care industry might be interested in a new book, Oxymorons: The Myth of a U.S. Healthcare System. Author J.D. Kleinke provides a lucid analysis of the contradictions in our healthcare system. For example, Kleinke describes how incentives could lead money-minded HMOs to decide not to …

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