Issue: Volume XVII No. 2 - January 25, 2010

Anatomic Pathology’s Likely Path of Transformation

RECENT DEALS INVOLVING PRIVATE EQUITY FIRMS and several of the nation’s larger pathology groups hint at a major transformation soon to come to the pathology profession. No one should be surprised that pathologists of the baby boomer generation will be an important trigger in this transformation. It is the coming wave of retirements by baby …

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Ireland Is Restructuring National Lab Test System

CEO SUMMARY: Working from a consultant’s report and recommendations based on studies dating back to 2006 and 2007, Ireland’s Health Service Executive is moving forward to effect a comprehensive reconfiguration of clinical laboratory testing across the nation. This may be the first time that the government health program of a developed nation has attempted to …

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Predict 60,000 Doctors To Adopt EMRs Each Year

CEO SUMMARY: Only about 180,000 U.S. physicians have adopted electronic medical record (EMR) systems over the past 14 years—mostly in larger medical groups. Now experts believe as many as 60,000 physicians per year will begin to adopt EMRs because of new federal incentives funded by the stimulus bill passed early last year. This is a …

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Rate of Health Spend Increase in 2008 Was Lowest Since 1960

RECENTLY the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) reported on healthcare spending for 2008. The noteworthy finding was that the rate of increase in health spending fell to 4.4% for 2008. This is the lowest annual rate of increase in health spending since CMS first began officially tracking health expenditures in 1960. In its …

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Two Big Pathology Groups Tap Investors for Capital

CEO SUMMARY: Pathology supergroups in California and Tennessee have each announced major recapitalizations. Both groups will use some of the money to cash out retiring partners. The balance of the new capital will be used to expand their businesses. With so many baby boomer pathologists approaching retirement, these two transactions are likely to be studied …

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Pathology, Inc. Sells Equity to Raise Capital

CEO SUMMARY: In looking how to propel its business to the next level, the partners at Pathology, Inc., opted not to sell their pathology group practice. Instead, they chose to raise capital by selling equity in their company to a group of investors. In this exclusive interview, executives from Pathology, Inc., share their business strategy. …

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Dark Daily

January 25, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Probably few pathologists know that a musical group in San Diego, California, is performing under the name “Pathology.” It is classified as an American death metal band. Alert readers will notice a theme in this band’s output. In 2006, it released its debut album, called “Surgically Hacked,” which featured such songs as “Postorbital Incision” and …

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