“July 19, 1999 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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One of dermatopathology’s academic giants has been snared by a pathology PPM. A. Bernard Ackerman, M.D., will leave his professor post at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia to work with AmeriPath, Inc. and help it develop a dermatopathology center in New York City. It is to be called the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology. AmeriPath’s goal is to develop a licensed, state-of-the-art, independent outpatient laboratory specializing in dermatopathology which Dr. Ackerman will use to establish an accredited dermatopathology fellowship training program.

AmeriPath is the largest pathology physician practice management (PPM) company in the country. Its business strategy has included the acquisition of independent dermpath practices from Florida through Texas and the Midwest. Dr. Ackerman’s relationship is important to Ameripath because, with his international reputation, it allows AmeriPath to begin building a pathology “brand name” for dermatopathology.


More recognition for one of our favorite business models of good laboratory management. At CLMA’s annual conference in Dallas last month, Pathology Medical Laboratories, Inc. (PML) of La Jolla, California received CLMA’s Betty Martin Award. This award “recognizes innovative leadership in any of six [management] categories.” It cites PML for nearly 30 years of “high moral and ethical standards in innovation to become San Diego’s leading regional laboratory.”

Clients and readers of THE DARK REPORT will recall that PML’s Chairman and CEO, Phillips S. Gausewitz, M.D. is one of our lab industry Movers and Shakers for this year. Dr. Gausewitz is a shrewd businessman who blended his pathology skills with a “customer-first” management approach that has made PML a profitable lab even in San Diego’s competitive managed care marketplace. His leadership at PML demonstrates that clinical laboratories do not have to chase below-cost managed care contracts to survive.

Another pathology-based practice management firm is now in the marketplace. US Pathology Labs, Inc. of Irvine, California announced the signing of a contract to build and manage an anatomical pathology laboratory for University Pathology Associates (UPA). This 36-pathologist group serves hospitals that are part of the University of Southern California School of Medicine in Los Angeles, California.

Beckman Coulter, Inc. has been busy positioning its new generation of instruments with a number of group purchasing organizations. Announced during June were updated pacts with AmeriNet, Inc. (June 14), MAGNET (June 15), and Novation (June 28). Beckman Coulter executives Albert Ziegler and JeffMcHugh estimated that the three agreements would generate sales of about $675 million during the term of the contracts.


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