Issue: Volume XIV No. 13 - September 17, 2007

Heeding the Lessons of Market Competition

COMPETITION FOR LAB TESTING DOLLARS IS THROWING NEW CURVEBALLS at both clinical labs and pathology group packages. Failure to spot these developments and respond to them now will have swift financial consequences. In this issue of THE DARK REPORT, readers will notice how we’ve identified market threats to the status quo of laboratories across the …

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Path Group Closes Its Lab After GIs Do In-Clinic Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Kettering Pathology Associates of Kettering, Ohio, built a thriving outreach pathology business in this Dayton suburb before three gastroenterology groups either sent biopsy work out of state or built their own lab, and asked the pathologists to provide contracted professional component services at a discount. How the pathologists responded to these developments illustrates …

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An Economic Perspective On Discounted PC Deals

CEO SUMMARY: By opening their own in-office pathology laboratories, specialist physicians are undermining a long-established referral relationship with the pathology profession. Pathologists are debating the merits of this market-based trend and its effect on their profession. However this debate often fails to include an objective assessment of how contracting for professional services can provide financial …

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Quest South Florida Wins Governor’s Award for Quality

CEO SUMMARY: It’s an important milestone for the clinical laboratory profession. Quest Diagnostics Incorporated South Florida, based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, earned the 2007 Florida Governor’s Sterling Award for quality. This is only the second laboratory in this country to win a state quality award. But that’s just part of the story. Guided by the …

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Cost of Health Benefits Outpaces Inflation in Ongoing, 7-Year Trend

PREMIUMS FOR EMPLOYER-SPONSORED health insurance rose 6.1% this year, as reported in the Employer Health Benefits Survey released by the Kaiser Family Foundation and Health Research and Educational Trust. The 6.1% increase was mixed news for the nation’s employers. The number was less than the 7.7% increase posted in 2006. But it is much higher …

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September 17, 2007 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Coming soon to a theater near you this fall is the movie Pathology, with Rutger Hauer in the starring role as a pathologist. The Internet Movie database says Pathology (www.enterpathologylab.com) is the story of how medical students decide which of them can commit the perfect murder without being detected by other pathology students. In addition …

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