Issue: Volume XIII No. 12 - September 5, 2006

Feds Lift Ban on Doctor-Owned Specialty Hospitals

MANY OF YOU KNOW THAT on August 8 the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would resume issuing certificates for specialty hospitals that are owned by physicians. The timing of this decision certainly plays into the predictions of McKinsey & Co. that you will read on pages 9-15 in this issue …

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Sonic Healthcare & CPL Make First Acquisition

CEO SUMMARY: Expanding from its base in Texas, Clinical Pathology Laboratories, Inc. (CPL) has acquired Cognoscenti Health Institute, LLC of Orlando, Florida. The deal was done discreetly and gives Sonic Healthcare, Ltd., parent of CPL, a solid foothold in Florida. Cognoscenti has also made impressive progress on building an evidence-based medicine service menu, something that …

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Bio-Reference Enters DNA Sequencing Market

CEOSUMMARY: Bio-Reference Laboratories has just placed an unexpected bet on the wide-open opportunities in genetic testing. The acquisition of GeneDX brings it a respected team of geneticists, capabilities in full DNA sequencing, and a proven track record in testing for rare and complex hereditary diseases. It also opens a new lab testing market niche for …

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Pathologists Contribute To Women’s Hospital

CEO SUMMARY: Speedier pathology reports and more active involvement with clinicians are two ways that the 15 pathologists at Pathology Group of the Mid-South help Baptist Memorial Women’s Hospital meet its goals of improved outcomes and a patient-friendly environment. Even with an off-site pathology laboratory, same-day reports for most small needle biopsy reports is the …

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McKinsey Predicts Most Hospitals Must Specialize to Survive

CEO SUMMARY: Imagine a healthcare system where successful hospitals specialize in particular clinical services, treat patients like customers at a Ritz Carlton Hotel, and have close clinical and financial collaborations with top-performing physicians. This is the American healthcare system of the 21st century, as envisioned by healthcare strategists at McKinsey & Company, one of the …

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Bio-Rad Buys Ciphergen’s Proteomics Technology

PROTEOMICS IS EXPECTED TO BE ONE of the most active areas in molecular diagnostics and Bio-Rad Laboratories, Inc. has just staked a major claim to a promising proteomic technology. In a transaction announced on August 18, 2006, Bio-Rad will acquire the proprietary proteomics instrument business of Ciphergen Biosystems Inc., which includes the SELDI technology (Surface …

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September 5, 2006 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

On August 14, AmeriPath, Inc. released its second quarter earnings report. Revenues were $191.7 million, an increase of 35% from $143.6 million posted in second quarter of 2005. These numbers reflect the acquisition of Specialty Laboratories, Inc., which AmeriPath acquired on January 31, 2006. (See TDR, October 3, 2005.) Quarterly revenues for Specialty Laboratories was …

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