In a time of shrinking lab budgets and falling prices for lab tests in the United States, how are the larger in vitro diagnostic (IVD) manufacturers doing? A look at third-quarter financial reports provides useful insights as to which segments within the IVD industry are doing better than others.
In New Jersey, a U.S. attorney has put laboratory sales reps on notice that they can be prosecuted for violating federal anti-kickback laws and sent to prison. On January 18, Paul Fishman, U.S. Attorney for New Jersey, announced the sentencing of Michael J. Zarrelli, of Berkeley Heights, N.J., formerly a sales representative with the now- defunct
CEO SUMMARY: Delivering more value with lab tests requires going beyond simply working with physicians to improve test utilization by focusing on unnecessary or inappropriate tests. PeaceHealth Laboratories in Oregon successfully executed a two-step strategy to add value with its testing services. First, the lab combined a proprietary test with a new care protocol to
CEO SUMMARY: Without much fanfare, two individuals who had been sales representatives at Berkeley HeartLab as late as 2009, took distributions of $58 million each between 2010 and 2014 for their sales consulting services at BlueWave Healthcare Consultants, according to allegations in the federal lawsuit that was filed against BlueWave and three heart testing lab companies on August 7. If true, that makes Floyd Dent, III, and Robert Johnson the richest sales reps in the lab business.
CEO SUMMARY: Are clinical labs and pathology groups ready for the end of fee-for-service reimbursement? That’s just one important question that will be answered at the upcoming Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management that will take place in New Orleans on April 29-30. The American healthcare system is undergoing unprecedented transformation and sessions
CEO SUMMARY: More buyers are crowding into the lab testing industry and looking to acquire anatomic pathology testing companies. These buyers are willing to pay strong prices to acquire AP labs and companies which they determine to be a strategic fit. All of this acquisition activity is happening even as the Baby Boomer generation of
CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory medicine is about to find itself between the two jaws of a powerful vise. One jaw is pending major legislative overhaul of the entire healthcare system, along with dwindling reimbursement as Medicare and Medicaid runs out of money. The other jaw is personalized medicine, companion diagnostics, and expensive molecular testing. As these
CEO SUMMARY: Along with a recovering economy, the possibility of an increase in the capital gains tax rate for 2011 may encourage owners of clinical labs and anatomic pathology companies to sell their businesses during 2010. That could make 2010 a busy year for laboratory mergers and acquisitions, particularly if valuations for laboratory companies hold
CEO SUMMARY: Across healthcare, laboratories, hospitals, and health systems are leading the drive to incorporate quality management methods into clinical services and daily operations. This fall, in Atlanta, the Lab Quality Confab will provide a detailed look at this trend, with 50 speakers, master classes, case studies, full-day workshops, an exhibit hall, and even Lean
CEO SUMMARY: On June 30, 2006,three former executives of UroCor,Inc.,accused by the U.S. Attorney of anti-kickback and securities violations, stood and heard the jury verdict in their case. “Not guilty on all counts,” stated the jury foreman. Thus ended the effort to convict former executives of a public lab company of violating Medicare anti-kickback laws