Sanford/Fairview Merger Has Implications for Clinical Labs

Also in the March 6, 2023, issue, The Dark Report details a new training center being built by ARUP Laboratories

Sanford Health in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and Fairview Health Services in Minneapolis recently announced their intent to merge later this year. The Sanford/Fairview merger, like many blockbuster deals involving integrated delivery networks (IDN), has long-term implications for clinical laboratories.

In the new issue of The Dark Report, we explore in detail the motivations behind the merger and who opposes it.  Multiple forces generally fuel this trend of mergers and acquisitions in healthcare today, including mandated cost cutting, increased labor expenses, and high inflation.

While the Sanford/Fairview merger may address some of those challenges, historically these deals eventually lead to reviews of clinical lab services across the combined IDN. It also may open the door for third-party commercial labs to step in and run local laboratory services.

Elsewhere in the issue, The Dark Report:

  • Highlights a new clinical lab scientist training center being launched by ARUP Laboratories and the University of Utah, thanks to $3 million in federal funding.
  • Explains why the large national laboratories are so interested in acquiring laboratory outreach programs.
  • Reports on the earnings of QuidelOrtho in its first year as a combined firm.

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