January 23, 2023, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

New data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers further evidence of a decreasing talent pool of pathologists in the United States. Active physicians in anatomic and clinical pathology dropped from 13,201 in 2016 to 12,180 in 2021—a 7.7% decrease, according to the AAMC’s Physician Specialty Data Report. Only pulmonary disease doctors had a greater decrease (10.8%) in that period. In fact, most physician subspecialities showed increased numbers during the reported years. 

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The AAMC also noted that since at least 2005, pathology has undergone rapid subspecialization. The association is conducting research with the College of American Pathologists into current subspecialties, with the goal of creating an expanded definition for the pathology profession. Currently, the AAMC definition for pathology does not include subspecialties such as microbiology or molecular genetics. 

COMPUGROUP MEDICAL US ACQUIRES LIS FIRM 

Healthcare technology company CompuGroup Medical US (CGM) in Phoenix has acquired Medicus Laboratory Information Systems from Diagnostic Systems Consulting in Weston, Florida. The move will allow CGM to expand its American presence in the small- and mid-sized clinical laboratory market. Medicus LIS is in more than 1,000 labs across the U.S., according to CGM. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

LAB OWNER GETS TWO-YEAR SENTENCE FOR KICKBACKS 

In January, a judge sentenced a former clinical laboratory owner to two years in prison for receiving kickbacks in return for test referrals, according to the U.S. Department of Justice. A jury found Richard Reid guilty in March for his role in helping Northwest Physicians Laboratory in Bellevue, Washington, obtain more than $3.7 million in kickback payments by steering urine drug test specimens to two labs that then billed Medicare.

TRANSITIONS

• Sysmex America in Lincolnshire, Illinois, announced that Chris Cappella is its new Chief Financial Officer. Previously, Cappella worked at Roche for 24 years, including as Vice President of Finances for core lab services. 

Jennifer Hunt, MD, has been appointed Chief of Staff for University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville, Florida. Hunt will continue to serve as Chair of the Department of Pathology, Immunology, and Laboratory Medicine at the university’s College of Medicine. 

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