Issue: Volume XIV No. 5 - April 2, 2007

Bringing You the REAL Story behind the Story!

HOW MUCH DO YOU TRUST THE NEWSPAPERS AND OTHER MEDIA you read to give you the right story, with the right analysis? If you are like me, you are regularly disappointed that the nation’s journalists are too quick to report the obvious—while often missing the important nuances that bring out the true dimensions of the …

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Lots of IVD Acquisitions as Buyers Spend Money

CEO SUMMARY: Biggest deal in recent weeks was the $1.55 billion Beckman Coulter paid to acquire BioSite and its Triage BNP test. But the most interesting news may be the entry of 3M Corporation into clinical diagnostics, based on its acquisition of Acolyte Biomedica Ltd., a company which offers a five-hour rapid culture-based MRSA test. …

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Implementation Date Passes on Medicare Competitive Bid Project

YESTERDAY, APRIL 1, WAS THE DAY that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) was scheduled to implement the first sites for the Medicare Clinical Laboratory Services Competitive Bidding Demonstration project. It was good news for the laboratory industry that the day passed with no action on this issue, says Alan Mertz, President of the …

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Newspaper Reports Miss on Molecular Technology

CEO SUMMARY: In reporting on a suspected outbreak of whooping cough (Bordetella pertussis), a national newspaper suggested administrators at Dartmouth Hitchcock Medical Center had placed too much faith in molecular testing. In this exclusive interview, Dartmouth’s Director of Molecular Pathology comments on how the media misunderstood the story, and why molecular testing remains the preferred …

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Will OIG Reconsider Policy on Discriminatory Pricing?

HEIGHTENED COMPETITION in recent months for exclusive managed care contracts between the two blood brothers may trigger the law of unintended consequences. One such consequence could be renewed interest by Medicare regulators in what they call “discriminatory billing.” “In 2003, the federal Office of the Inspector General (OIG) issued a draft statement on discriminatory billing,” …

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Anatomic Pathology’s Coming Revolution: Same Day Diagnoses

CEO SUMMARY: Anatomic pathology has been conducted the same way for 100 years—but no longer at the University of Miami. Pathologists there are using microwave technology to cut processing speed by 90% and improve workflow. By producing faster diagnoses, the lab can report results on 80% of samples the same day that specimens are received. …

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Labs Can Be Misguided by Pull-Through Test Myth

CEO SUMMARY: For the first time in almost eight years, there are major disruptions to the status quo in managed care contracting for laboratory testing services. As was true in the 1990s, national lab companies are pursuing exclusive national contracts with the nation’s largest health insurers. In the 1990s, a similar competitive battle triggered a …

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Dark Daily

April 2, 2007 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

In the past four weeks, Genova Diagnostics, Inc. of Asheville, North Carolina, has acquired two laboratories. First was the purchase of Individual Well- being Diagnostic Laboratory, Ltd. (IWDL), located near London, England. The purchase was announced on February 28. IWDL offers tests for “allergy & food intolerance, hormonal balance, digestive analysis, and nutritional assessments.” Just …

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