Issue: Volume IX No. 2 - January 28, 2002

Healthcare Buyers Move to Change System

ON PAGES 9-14 OF THIS ISSUE, you will read our Editor’s cogent analysis of why healthcare buyers are taking active steps to measure the quality of services provided by hospitals and physicians, then make those measurements available to the public. The Leapfrog Group’s determination to survey hospitals and post the findings on its Web site …

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FNA Clinic Business Becomes Part of Unilab

CEO SUMMARY: Pathology has a new business model entering the marketplace. The goal of FNA Clinics of America, Inc. is to offer patients speedy access to the FNA procedure and provide referring physicians with a final diagnosis within hours of the FNA procedure. Unilab Corporation recognized the opportunity to support a value-added service and gain …

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Court Orders Roche to Pay IGEN $505 Million in Damages

IT WAS A BIG COURT WIN for little IGEN International. On January 10, a jury in federal district court in Maryland decided that IGEN could terminate its licensing agreement with Roche Holding AG. The jury also awarded IGEN a total of $505 million, $105 million in compensatory damages and $400 million in punitive damages. In …

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IMPATH Buys Tamtron In Surprise Decision

CEO SUMMARY: In an unexpected announcement, IMPATH, Inc. announced it would purchase Tamtron Corp., the largest remaining independent vendor of anatomic pathology systems. It was just months earlier that Cerner Corporation acquired Dynamic Healthcare Technologies, Inc. and its CoPath™ product. IMPATH’s goal is to implement Tamtron’s PowerPath™ System throughout its network of pathology clients. REMEMBER …

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Provider Performance Ranking Now Hitting Healthcare System

CEO SUMMARY: When 96 big corporations, employing 28 million people and spending $52 billion on healthcare, begin publishing hospital performance measurements so their employees can make informed choices, that’s big news! THE DARK REPORT predicts this is a major step toward detailed measurement of the quality and cost performance of providers, including pathology groups and …

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MedUnite, Bio-Reference Labs, X-Fin, Sunquest/Misys, Roche Holdings

MEDUNITE MOVES CLOSER TO ONLINE HEALTH TRANSACTION SERVICES MEDUNITE INC.’S PLANS TO USE the Internet for claims activity and other transaction services is moving forward. On January 17, it announced an agreement with Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc. (BRLI) that will allow physician-subscribers of BRLI’s CareEvolve.comWeb portal to use MedUnite’s transaction services. This includes claims submission, patient …

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Cytyc versus TriPath: Pap Wars Will Intensify

CEO SUMMARY: Earlier this month, Cytyc Corporation announced that it had filed Pre-Market Applications (PMA) for two new product lines to complement its ThinPrep® liquid preparation kit. This is a sign that competition between the two major vendors is about to heat up. If so, it will help lab customers negotiate better terms when they …

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“January 28, 2002 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

It may be a sign of change in how at least one national managed care company is willing to contract for laboratory services. During the last four weeks, UnitedHealthcare signed agreements with Dynacare, Inc. and Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc. (BRLI). Dynacare operates labs in 21 states while BRLI’s core market is Greater New York City. UnitedHealthcare …

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