Issue: Volume IV No. 18 - December 29, 1997

No Slice of the Pie for Pathology and Laboratory

Managed care appears to be ready to minimize pathology in the same fashion as it minimized the clinical laboratory. Within the laboratory industry, it is widely recognized that most managed care plans reimburse laboratory services at levels which are inadequate to cover the full cost of testing. Now it may be pathology’s turn. In the …

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1997’s Top Ten Lab Stories Predict New Directions

CEO SUMMARY: Events during 1997 reveal that the laboratory industry continues to undergo fundamental change. Yet even amidst the industry’s downsizing, selected laboratory organizations continue to flourish. Here is THE DARK REPORT’s annual look at top stories for the year. A careful analysis of their impact leads to some interesting conclusions. WHEN FEDERAL REGULATORS introduced …

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To Protect Pathology Profits: Understand Managed Care

CEO SUMMARY: On November 8, 1997, THE DARK REPORT convened a private symposium restricted only to pathologists. The sole purpose of this event was to identify how pathologists could preserve and enhance their income. Within the confidential setting of a plush resort in Scottsdale, Arizona, experts and pathologists dissected the market dynamics eroding pathology compensation. …

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Louisiana Reference Lab Purchased By Dynacare

CEO SUMMARY: General Health System of Baton Rouge decided to “cash in” the capital value of its consolidated laboratory organization by selling it to Dynacare. It will use the money for other corporate projects. This sales transaction validates that there is still considerable value to a profitable laboratory outreach program. BATON ROUGE-BASED Louisiana Reference Laboratories …

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“December 29, 1997 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

AmeriPath, Inc. is at it again. On December 19, company officials announced the acquisition of two more pathology practices. The practices are The Dermatopathology Laboratory in Pittsburgh and Laboratory Physicians in Jacksonville. More acquisition announcements should be expected from AmeriPath. Growth by acquisition will be its dominant strategy during the next several years. Managed care …

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