Month: November 2004

“November 22, 2004 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Community-based pathologists get a featured role on the Learning Channel’s Inside Health program. It will be aired Sunday, November 28 at 8:30 am EST. The Learning Channel used pathologists affiliated with Pathology Service Associates (PSA) to help create a segment on the role of pathology in healthcare. PSA plans to make a video of the …

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Aureon Biosciences, Bayer, Competitive Technologies, Rare Blood Infections, Kaiser Permanente

KEVIN JOHNSON AND VIJAY AGGARWAL JOIN AUREON BIOSCIENCES TWO VETERAN LAB EXECUTIVES are back in the business. Kevin Johnson is now the Chairman at Aureon Biosciences Corporation and Vijay Aggarwal, Ph.D. is President and CEO. The fact that both men chose to join Aureon Biosciences will draw attention to the biotech firm. It is developing …

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Medicare Changes Policy On New Med Procedures

CEO SUMMARY: Faced with a literal tidal wave of new medical procedures, new therapeutic drugs, and new diagnostic tests, Medicare is crafting a unique strategy. As a new clinical option reaches the market, Medicare will reimburse—but only if the patient participates in a clinical study and these studies are paid for by either vendors or …

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Big Seattle Med Center Adopts “Lean” Methods

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory and pathology services at Virginia Mason Medical Center are an integral part of its hospital-wide Lean quality management initiative. Because of the importance of lab test data to so many clinical services, the laboratory often finds itself making key contributions in the process improvement efforts mounted by such clinical services as the …

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CA, FL, BC Move Forward With Lab Test Contracts

CEO SUMMARY: Medicaid agencies in the bellwether states of California and Florida continue to push ahead with plans to revise laboratory test contract policies. In British Columbia, private laboratory companies face an uncertain future as the provincial health administration maneuvers to upset the laboratory contracting status quo. It’s a trend with the potential to be …

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Homocysteine Patent Triggers Royalty Demand

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory Corporation of America fought a patent infringement case against the holder of the homocysteine assay patent and lost after a five-year court battle. Now Competitive Technologies, Inc. (CTI), armed with its victory in federal court, is ready to negotiate royalty arrangements with laboratories, IVD manufacturers, and even physicians. Labs all over the …

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BC Labs’ LOINC Venture Now Carries Pharma Info

CEO SUMMARY: In British Columbia, two commercial laboratory companies are intense competitors. Yet, beginning in 2002, they jointly offered a single Web browser-based system for lab test results reporting. LOINC was the tool which linked their individual lab data repositories to the PathNET portal. Now the provincial health ministry has authorized the use of PathNET …

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Aligning Pathologist Productivity With Compensation Can Be Challenging

“Growing interest in ways to link a pathologist’s productivity to his/her compensation makes this a widely-discussed topic within many pathology group practices.” –Dennis Padget CEO SUMMARY: Part Three continues THE DARK REPORT’S series on measuring pathologist productivity. In this installment, pathology practice consultant Dennis Padget identifies different approaches to appropriately link pathologist productivity with compensation. …

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