July 16, 2012 “Intelligence : Late Breaking Lab News”

It is with sadness that we report the death of pathologist Joel A. Sonnier, M.D. A victim of murder, his body was discovered in his home in Lubbock, Texas, on July 10. The housekeeper and the gardener made the discovery and called the police. Lubbock police announced the murder, but have no suspects …

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New Lab Company Intends to Buy Outreach Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Based in Brentwood, Tennessee, Regional Diagnostic Laboratories (RDX) says it wants to purchase the laboratory outreach programs of nonprofit community hospitals. RDX is a partnership with Warburg Pincus, a New York investment company. It is a credible buyer and has $250 mill…

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May 14, 2012 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Mayo Clinic is taking steps to more fully integrate its laboratory informatics. In a press release dated April 27, 2012, it stated that it had completed a multi- year implementation of a new laboratory information system (LIS). The new LIS supports both the Department of Laboratory M…

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Anatomic Path Insourcing Expected to Be Ongoing

CEO SUMMARY: Insourcing of anatomic pathology services by office-based physicians has been especially prevalent and is increasing among three specialties (gastroenterology, urology, and dermatology), according to a survey conducted last month. Survey respondents also indicated that the tr…

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Why Pathologists Benefit from Growth of In-Office Path Labs

Dear Editor: Your article on the trend of office-based physicians building in-clinic anatomic pathology laboratories was fascinating, but in my opinion, it was off the mark. In the article, “AP Labs in Doc’s Clinics Now an Established Fact” (See TDR, September 6, 20…

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AP Labs in Doc’s Clinics Now an Established Fact

CEO SUMMARY: It started about eight years ago and shows no signs of slowing down. Specialist physicians, particularly urologists and gastroenterologists, have learned about the benefits of operating their own in-clinic anatomic pathology laboratories. One-by-one, these specialty …

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September 6, 2011 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Cleveland Heart Lab closed on a Series B financing round that totals $18.4 million. The money was provided by Excel Venture Management, Healthcare Ventures, and existing investors. Executives at Cleve- land Heart Lab said the new funds will be used t…

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Why Insurers Are Buying Office-Based Physicians

WHEN THE NEWS BECAME PUBLIC earlier this month that UnitedHealth Group was quietly purchasing physician groups in selected areas of the country, there was a flurry of news articles recognizing this as a new trend. These news stories came after July 1. That’s the date when Kaiser Health N…

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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 …

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Q3 Earnings Are Mixed Bag For the Two Blood Brothers

IF THERE IS A NOTABLE EVENT in the laboratory testing marketplace during 2010, it is that one of the nation’s billion-dollar lab testing behemoths has reported three consecutive quarters of declines in the number of test requisitions it handled, when compared to the same quarters during 2009. In t…

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