Issue: Volume XV No. 3 - March 3, 2008

Citizens Taking on the Government

IT WAS P.J. O’ROURKE WHO SAID THAT “giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.” I think of that quote when I ponder the Medicare Laboratory Competitive Demonstration Project and the twisted reasoning of the faceless bureaucrats at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) who …

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Judge Rules Against Labs In Medicare Lab Bid Case

CEO SUMMARY: On February 14, Federal District Judge Thomas J. Whelan denied the request for a temporary restraining order (TRO) by three San Diego labs that would have stopped the Medicare Laboratory Competitive Bidding Demonstration pilot project until several legal challenges were adjudicated. It is believed that CMS received bid applications from an unknown number …

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ISO 15189 Accreditation Program Offered by CAP

CEO SUMMARY: Two strong trends in laboratory management can be seen in the College of American Pathologists’ (CAP) move to offer accreditation to ISO 15189:2007. The first trend is the movement toward quality management systems such as Lean and Six Sigma. The second trend is the global convergence of laboratory operations. Also, a growing number …

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Mich. Dermatologist Gets 10.5 Years in Fraud Case

CEO SUMMARY: In a federal case involving billing improprieties and insurance fraud, a federal judge sentenced Michigan dermatologist Robert W. Stokes, M.D., to 126 months in prison and ordered him to pay $178,100 in fines and assessments, with the amount of restitution yet to be determined. Stokes was tried in federal court last April facing …

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Hospitals Saw Several Benefits In Forming Laboratory Joint Venture

CEO SUMMARY: For the past eight years, growing numbers of hospitals and health systems have launched laboratory outreach programs. Hospital CEOs are recognizing that laboratory outreach programs generate worthwhile operational gains, along with steadily-increasing revenues. However, laboratory outreach programs also require a significant capital investment, because the hospital laboratory needs to match the service levels …

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Lab/Path M&A Day Explores High Prices Paid to Lab Owners

IF YOU HAVEN’T NOTICED, there’s a gold rush in diagnostics! Prices paid for clinical laboratories, anatomic pathology group practices, and in vitro diagnostic (IVD) companies have soared recently. This is good news for pathologists and laboratory owners interested in putting their laboratory on the market. All the trends in laboratory testing point to a bright …

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March 03, 2008 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Another laboratory company is suing the federal government. On January 24, UroPath, LLC and three urology groups filed a lawsuit in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. UroPath, the largest operator of anatomic pathology (AP) condo/pod laboratory complexes, is suing the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to roll back the …

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