Issue: Volume IX No. 1 - January 7, 2002

Clinical Labs Discover Benchmarking

IN OUR MANY YEARS OF SERVICE to the clinical lab industry and the pathology profession, THE DARK REPORT has consistently been first to identify important trends and explain their relevance to those responsible for managing the nation’s laboratories. Back in 1995, we predicted that the (then) three blood brothers would strive to obtain exclusive managed …

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Path Trends For 2002 Show Future Direction

CEO SUMMARY: Even as pressures to squeeze costs and consolidate within the pathology profession ease, a different set of market trends is exerting influence. Collectively, these trends portend the end of the small pathology group’s dominance of its local healthcare marketplace. It will become increasingly important for successful pathology groups to offer a full range …

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Histology Lab Goes Mobile To Serve Customers On-Site

CEO SUMMARY: During the 1990s, pathologists at Palm Beach Pathology recognized that more and more procedures were being done in ambulatory surgery centers and physicians’ offices. To maintain access to these patients, Palm Beach Pathology developed a strategic marketing plan with a unique feature: a mobile laboratory that could process specimens at the clients’ site …

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Pacificare, IBM, Keane, MedicaLogic/MedScape, WebMD, DrKoop.com

PACIFICARE BEGINS SERIOUS RESTRUCTURING TO SHIFT EMPHASIS NOT SO MANY YEARS AGO, PacifiCare Health Systems Inc. was considered the quintessential embodiment of all that was expected to be good with managed healthcare. The company’s business model was studied and copied in cities throughout the country. It shifted 100% of the risk on providers, used capitation …

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Patent Access Limits Rapid HIV Testing in USA

CEO SUMMARY: Diagnostic manufacturers will begin to face the same controversy over public access to diagnostic testing technology that has dogged pharmaceutical companies in recent years. Public health officials and the military are unhappy with how Bio-Rad and its HIV-2 licensees have failed to provide the United States with a rapid HIV-2 test. EXPECT MORE …

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“January 7, 2002 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Here’s an early conjunction of: 1) consumer demand for sophisticated healthcare services; 2) healthcare ecommerce, and 3) telemedicine. In Cleveland and Boston, major health systems have introduced a Web-based “second opinions” service. In the case of the Cleveland Clinic Foundation, patients can log on and learn how to go about getting a second opinion. If the …

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