Month: December 2006

Healthcare Accelerates Its Pace of Change

DURING THE NEXT FEW YEARS, clinical laboratories and pathology group practices can expect to see the pace of change in healthcare and laboratory medicine accelerate. As that occurs, lab directors and pathologists will need to be faster at responding to evolving threats and opportunities. Our selection of the “Top Ten Lab Industry Stories for 2006” …

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Sonic Pays $180 Million In Acquisition of AEL

CEO SUMMARY: In a transaction that was quietly negotiated, Sonic Healthcare Ltd. will purchase American Esoteric Laboratories, Inc. (AEL). News of the sale was released Friday and the sale may close in early January. Once it owns AEL, Sonic will have a major presence in Memphis, Tennessee. It will also gain regional laboratory operations in …

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Product Cuts Claim Denials, Boosts Payment from Insurers

ONE CONSEQUENCE OF THE GROWTH of high-deductible health plans and health savings accounts (HSAs) is that clinical labs and pathology groups need to collect larger amounts directly from patients. As predicted by THE DARK REPORT last year, bad debt levels are rising in communities where enrollment in high deductible health plans has been significant. (See …

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2006’s Top Lab Stories Identify New Threats

CEO SUMMARY: Presented here are THE DARK REPORT’S “Ten Biggest Lab Stories of 2006.” Compared to earlier years, 2006 was not transformative for the laboratory industry. But it was an eventful year, particularly influenced by Siemens’ decision to acquire DPC and Bayer Diagnostics, along with the decision by UnitedHealth Group to grant an exclusive national …

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Pathologist Is on Board Of Central Florida RHIO

CEO SUMMARY: Participation in the development and implementation of Central Florida’s nascent regional health information organization (RHIO) is helping Clinical Pathology Laboratories (CPL), of Austin, Texas, achieve four strategic goals. Philip Chen, M.D., Ph.D., CPL’s Vice President and Chief Medical Informatics Officer, predicts that this RHIO will speed up the integration of healthcare informatics. REMEMBER …

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There is Steady Convergence In Lab Operations Worldwide

IS THERE AN ACCELERATING CONVERGENCE OF LABORATORY OPERATIONS by major clinical laboratories throughout the world? In recent weeks, THE DARK REPORT has seen tantalizing evidence that the answer to this question should be “yes.” This trend has strategic implications for independent commercial laboratories and hospital-based laboratories in the United States. It also has implications for …

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December 18, 2006 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Last Friday, Luminex Corporation of Austin, Texas announced that it would acquire Tm Bioscience Corp. of Toronto, Ontario. Luminex will pay $44 million, which represents a 41.5% premium for Tm shares based on the December 14 closing price. Tm Bioscience has tests for DNA-based diagnostics, including tests for infectious diseases and genetic mutations related to …

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