CEO SUMMARY: In the Province of Québec, an ambitious project is under-way to consolidate the clinical laboratory testing of 123 laboratories into 11 centralized lab clusters. It is one of the largest lab consolidation projects nowhappening in the world. Among the goals of this project is to improve qualityand efficiency while incurring no additional costs.
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CEO SUMMARY: Deteriorating finances at many rural hospitals and smaller community hospitals is a growing trend. It is also a new consulting opportunity for local pathologists because financially-strapped hospitals often give their labs inadequate working capital and lack the staff needed to comply fully with state and federal compliance requirements. In Shreveport, Louisiana, Delta Pathology
CEO SUMMARY: Few independent pathology groups have developed robust laboratory consulting businesses. But adopting that strategy has brought important benefits to Delta Pathology Group, LLC, of Shreveport, Louisiana. Not only has providing lab consulting services to cash-strapped hospitals led to ongoing lab management contracts, but Delta’s consulting arm, called Pathology Resource Network, is gaining a
LABORATORY CONSOLIDATION continues in Australia with news that Sonic Healthcare Limited of Sydney, Australia, has agreed to acquire three clinical laboratory business units from competitor Healthscope, Ltd., of Melbourne, Australia.
The acquisition was announced on May 16. In three separate transactions, Sonic will pay A$100 million (US$99.4 million) for the Healthscope pathology operations in Queensland, Australian
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 significant,
WITH A SIMPLE ANNOUNCEMENT last month, Geisinger Health System of Danville, Pennsylvania, launched a new laboratory outreach company, called Proven Diagnostics.
From a facility located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Proven Diagnostics intends to compete for lab testing business throughout Pennsylvania. Beyond a press release issued July 21, Geisinger officials have been reluctant to say more about this
There’s regulatory relief for California labs in the important area of technical staff licensing. California’s Department of Health Services (DHS) has approved the Board of Registry medical technologist (MT) examination administered by the American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) as meeting the California clinical laboratory scientist (CLS) licensure requirements. The approval is effective on October
CEO SUMMARY: In specific ways, laboratories in Canada are already confronting the future that awaits laboratories in the United States. Many of the challenges are identical, including shrinking reimbursement and funding, as well as a shortage of skilled lab staff. One unfolding development is pressure on pathologists to accept less compensation, leading pathologists in two
CEO SUMMARY: In Southern California, no one’s talking for the record, but everyone’s talking about the impending acquisition of Westcliff Medical Laboratories and Health Line Clinical Laboratories by a new laboratory company. The deals are expected to close by the end of this month. The new laboratory company is likely to be led by Douglas
CEO SUMMARY: When HCA purchased the MDS partner share in Integrated Regional Laboratory of Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, it marked the end of MDS Laboratories’ ten-year “United States Adventure.” It also put HCA in full ownership of an automated core laboratory and a laboratory outreach testing program full of promise. Efforts are underway at IRL-FLA to