Issue: Volume VII No. 1 - January 3, 2000

Winners and Losers in the Lab Industry

NOTHING WAS EASY FOR COMMERCIAL AND HOSPITAL LABS during the past decade. Reimbursement for lab tests was slashed. Onerous compliance requirements for Medicare increased costs and added to the legal risk of operating a laboratory. Patient access was restricted through exclusive HMO and managed care contracts. These problems took a huge toll on our industry. …

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“State of Lab Industry” Holds Surprises for All

CEO SUMMARY: Say goodbye to several of the trends which shaped the lab industry during the 1990s, such as consolidation and government compliance programs. Although these trends won’t completely disappear, they will be superseded by a number of new transformational influences. During the next 48 months, these influences will bring lightning change to clinical labs …

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Abbott, CARESIDE, Bio-Reference Labs, DIANON Systems

SWARM OF LAWSUITS NOW PLAGUES ABBOTT LABS PAYING A $100 MILLION FINE TO THE Food and Drug Administration (FDA) did not end Abbott Laboratories, Inc.’s problems related to its diagnostic test kits and reagents. Since payment of the FDA fine last month, Abbott has been served by a number of lawsuits. Most of these suits …

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Individual Pathologist “Branding” Promoted by National Firms

IN THE EFFORT TO GAIN COMPETITIVE market advantage, IMPATH, Inc. of New York City publicized the recent signing of an exclusive partnership agreement involving renowned pathologist Juan Rosai, M.D., also of New York City. Dr. Rosai has a world-wide reputation for his books, book chapters, and monographs on surgical pathology. Until recently, he was the …

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Dynacare Buys LabSouth as Gateway into Alabama

CEO SUMMARY: With the acquisition of ARL/LabSouth, based in Birmingham and Montgomery, Dynacare immediately becomes a major player in the Alabama marketplace. Several interesting aspects to the sale demonstrate that it is becoming increasingly difficult for independent commercial laboratories to access the capital needed to continually upgrade capabilities and fund expansion efforts. ONCE AGAIN Dynacare …

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“January 3, 2000 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Recent developments prove that the feds are serious about healthcare fraud and abuse! Sentencing was announced last month for the two Columbia/HCA hospital executives convicted last July 2 on charges of conspiring to defraud Medicare and other government healthcare programs. On December 22, the judge sentenced Jay Jarrell, 43, to 33 months of jail, a $10,000 …

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