June 4, 2007 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

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When the Lab Quality Confab convenes in Atlanta on September 19-20, 2007, it will feature 40 speakers and sessions on how labs and pathology groups are using quality management methods to improve the performance of their lab organizations. If your laboratory would like to showcase its success or participate in poster sessions on Lean Six Sigma projects, go to www.labqualityconfab.com and use the form to notify us of your interest.


As the pathology profession fights to retain its professional relationship as a medical specialty, specialist physicians continue to look for ways to convert their anatomic pathology referrals into a profit-generating in-house service. Recently, Skin & Aging, a dermatology magazine, published a story on the ongoing struggle for who gets to bill for the patient service. “Pathology vs. Dermatology: The Battle Heats Up” (https:// www.skinandaging.com/arti- cle/7194) characterizes the conflict in this way: “Many pathologists accuse dermatologists of conducting ethical breaches when they mark up any patient’s bill. For their part, dermatologists say that pathologists want to squeeze as much money as possible out of patients by directly billing them or their insurers with no discount, and that the pathologists don’t care about the patients paying more because they have no contact with the patients.” Pathologists and practice administrators interested in the different perspectives on the client billing issue may want to visit the Skin & Aging Web site to read this story.


  • Ciphergen Biosystems, Inc., of Fremont, California appointed Steve Lundy as its new Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, effective May 16, 2007. Lundy was most recently Vice President of Sales and Marketing at GeneOhm, before and after its acquisition by BD Diagnostics. Lundy was also a marketing executive at Esoterix, Inc., prior to, and after its purchase by Laboratory Corporation of America.
  • To implement plans to expand its laboratory outreach program, UCLA Health Systems of Los Angeles, California, has hired Susie Lu to be Associate Director, Operations for Outpatient and Ancillary Services. Lu comes to UCLA from Stanford University Medical Center, where she was Vice President, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

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