“June 2, 1997 Intelligence:  Late Breaking Lab News”

With commercial laboratories pressing hospital laboratories for joint ventures, a unique selling proposition helps. MDS-AutoLab, Inc. of Canada has a different twist. They will not sell you their automated laboratory equipment. Instead, they offer it on a profit-sharing type of arrangement.

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This profit-sharing arrangement is already part of the regional laboratory venture between Columbia/HCA and MDS-AutoLab Atlanta. After AutoLab’s experience with i ts automation equipment at Mayo Medical Laboratories’ central site, the company wants to insure perfect performance of its laboratory automation technology. A profit/loss sharing arrangement is certainly one way to incentive AutoLab to design a laboratory automation installation which functions effectively and generates an acceptable return on investment.

INDICTMENT DIFFICULTIES

THE DARK REPORT has learned that criminal investigation continues in the Damon Laboratories case in Boston. However, the prosecute or is having difficulty building a case and the statute of limitations is running out. Like the Whitewater case, the Damon prosecutor has invested years of effort, but no indictments have resulted.

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Laboratory Indictments…

Knowledgeable sources tell THE DARK REPORT that employees of SmithKline Beecham Clinical Laboratories(SBCL) have nothing to fear from further federal criminal investigation. Apparently there was a tacit agreement as part of the $325 million settlement between SBCL and the feds that the allegations involved were totally resolved with the public settlement and payment of the fine. Thus, no criminal indictments of individuals involved in that case are expected.

The American Pathology Foundation (APF), a progressive group of business-minded pathologists, will deal with the Pap smear dilemma at its July 16-20 meeting in Napa, California. Also scheduled are presentations on pathology networking and information technology which supports regional pathology activities. Information on the meeting can be obtained through the APF’s offices in Mundelein, Illinois.

Last month’s EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE in New Orleans confirmed that laboratory regionalization is the trend of the future. Attendees a greed that healthcare trends were going to continue to force laboratories to partner with competitors informing regional systems. However, the jury is still out as to whether regional laboratory networks will be the dominant organizational form. More on this topic in future issues of THE DARK REPORT.

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