Issue: Volume XVII No. 7 - May 10, 2010

Irish Labs Are at an Important Crossroads

GLOBAL OUTSOURCING OF CLINICAL LABORATORY TESTING IN IRELAND has entered its second phase. The Irish Health Service Executive (HSE) granted Quest Diagnostics Incorporated a contract for an additional two-years of cervical cancer screening tests while awarding 25% of the nation’s annual Pap testing to Sonic Healthcare Ltd. in a similar two-year contract. These developments are …

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Optimism & Opportunity at Executive War College

CEO SUMMARY: Instead of our annual review of key speakers as a source of emerging trends and common themes, this year we assess the attitudes, opinions, and activities of the pathologists, laboratory administrators, managers, and industry executives in attendance at the 15th Annual Executive War College. These people are the grass roots of laboratory medicine …

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Sonic Health Wins Irish Contract for Pap Testing

CEO SUMMARY: Evidently the Irish Health Service is satisfied with its decision to outsource all the nation’s cervical cancer screening tests. In recent weeks, it announced that two international laboratory companies would handle Pap testing for the next two years. Sonic Healthcare, Ltd., won a contract to perform 25% of Ireland’s 300,000 Pap tests annually. …

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Pathologists Can Still Earn Medicare PQRI Incentives

CEO SUMMARY: During 2010, the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI) will pay a 2% bonus to pathologists who register and report data on 80% of their cases for the specified CPT codes. However, independent pathology laboratories still cannot participate in the PQRI program. Also, PSA, LLC, reports it can be challenging to audit the …

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Letter to Editor on EMR Donations, Deeply-Discounted Client Prices

Dear Editor: Because THE DARK REPORT is willing to tackle tough issues regarding the business end of the pathology profession, I am writing to call attention to a serious situation. What follows is presented as mostly factual and minimally perceptive. While I have no fear of transparency regarding our lab organization, I prefer anonymity to …

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EMR Donations, Client Bill Issues in Anatomic Path

CEO SUMMARY: In today’s market for anatomic pathology services, local pathology practices are facing tough competition from national pathology companies that are quite aggressive at using EHR donations and discounted client bill arrangements to win new clients. Attorney Jane Pine Wood of McDonald Hopkins identifies federal safe harbor requirements governing EHR donations involving laboratories and …

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Dark Daily

May 10, 2010 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Just four years since its founding in June, 2006, Aurora Diagnostics, Inc., of Palm Beach Gardens, Florida, is preparing to go public. On April 30, the company filed stock registration documents with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) for an IPO (initial public offering). Aurora Diagnostics says it wants to raise as much as $150 …

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