Issue: Volume XVII No. 17 - December 6, 2010

Reading the Tea Leaves from 2010’s Events

EACH YEAR WHEN WE PRESENT OUR “Top Ten Lab Stories” for the year, I am always surprised at which forces for change emerged during the prior 12 months. In presenting THE DARK REPORT’S “Top Ten Lab Stories for 2010,” our editor has pointed out that four of these ten stories involved the federal government in …

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Our Top Ten Lab Stories Highlight Major Changes

CEO SUMMARY: What makes 2010 a watershed year for the laboratory testing industry is enactment of the 2,700-page Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). Even if parts of this bill are repealed, the remaining parts of the massive legislation will trigger major changes to the healthcare system as it operates today. Other stories in …

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FTC Opposes LabCorp’s Acquisition of Westcliff

CEO SUMMARY: On November 30, FTC commissioners filed an administrative complaint opposing Laboratory Corporation of America’s acquisition of Westcliff Medical Laboratories, Inc., on the grounds that it “violates antitrust laws and would lead to higher prices and lower quality in the Southern California market…” This is the first serious FTC challenge of a clinical lab …

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10 Strategies to Boost Med Tech Recruiting

CEO SUMMARY: Headhunters regularly see the best and worst of clinical laboratories in the areas of medical technologist recruiting and retention. Based on her experience, veteran recruiter Peggy McKee offers 10 proven strategies that every laboratory can use to improve both its recruitment of med techs, as well as retention of staff. These strategies reinforce …

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December 6, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

With its announcement last month of an agreement to acquire US Oncology for $2.16 billion, McKesson Corporation has greatly expanded its presence in oncology. US Oncology provides practice management services in support of 1,392 oncologists who work at 517 locations in 39 states. US Oncology is also a partner in the med fusion joint venture …

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