Issue: Volume XIII No. 16 - November 27, 2006

Proving that Pathology’s Popular Wisdom Is Wrong

IN THE ANATOMIC PATHOLOGY PROFESSION, THE POPULAR WISDOM is that any pathology group practice needs one or more hospital contracts as the primary source of specimens necessary to financially sustain the practice. Outreach specimens sourced from physicians’ offices then represent a profitable supplement to the hospital business served by the pathology group. Three years ago, …

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New & Stefanelli Launch Anatomic Path Venture

CEO SUMMARY: With little fanfare, Aurora Diagnostics, Inc. opened for business last summer. It states that it has already signed acquisition agreements with five different pathology groups. Former AmeriPath executives James C. New and Martin J. Stefanelli are leading Aurora Diagnostics. Handling business development activities for Aurora will be Christopher Jahnle and Kirk Rebane of …

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Labs Need Response to Physicians’ Use of EMR

CEO SUMMARY: A new trend is emerging in outreach laboratory IT systems. Labs are linking to the electronic medical record (EMR) systems in their physician clients’ offices. Delivering lab results to these systems is already common. Enabling electronic order entry is the next wave. Clinical labs and anatomic pathology practices will need to offer effective …

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Pathologist Builds General Path Business From Office Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Doctors Pathology Services in Delaware is successful for two reasons. First it runs the largest pathology lab in the state. But more important, it runs one of the few successful mobile pathology services anywhere. The Mobile Intraoperative Consultation Service(MICS)allows the pathologist to do pathology work on site at ambulatory surgery centers, physicians’ offices, …

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Acute Histotech Shortage Grows Across the USA

CEO SUMMARY: Pathology laboratories are enjoying steady increases in specimen volume and revenue as new molecular assays gain acceptance by clinicians. However, the supply of histotechnologists is failing to keep pace with growth in the volume of tissue-based testing. One executive who places histotechs into laboratories predicts that competition among labs for skilled histotechs will …

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November 27, 2006 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

“Postal Rage” is the term coined to describe the phenomenon of crazed postal workers rampaging through post office facilities shooting at co-workers. In recent days, the nation may have seen its first example of “Patient Rage” in a hospital. On November 20, a patient standing in line to get a prescription from the ambulatory pharmacy …

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