Federal Court Issues Ruling in the Gene Patent Case Involving Myriad Genetics and the Association of Molecular Pathology

Many in the clinical laboratory and pathology industry will hold their breath as Myriad seeks to derail gene patent challenge by attacking standing of sole remaining plaintiff There’s news regarding the widely-watched federal lawsuit that challenges the gene patents owned by Myriad Genetics  (NASDAQ:MYGN). On September 13, a Federal Circuit panel denied the ACLU’s Petition for Rehearing in this case. Clinical laboratory managers and pathologists following this controversial lawsuit will be...

Moody’s Says Slowest Rate of Growth in 20 Years at Not-For-Profit Hospitals

Poor rates of growth in hospital revenue and admissions is not good news for clinical laboratories During 2010, not-for-profit hospitals showed the lowest rate of growth in at least two decades, according to a report released by Moody’s Investors Service, a holding of Moody’s Corporation (NYSE: MCO). This may be an early sign that hospital laboratories will soon be asked to work with leaner budgets during the coming year. In its report, dated August 10, 2011, financial analysts at Moody’s...

Many Hospitals and Doctors Not Happy with Federal Rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs)

Major healthcare stakeholders speaking out with criticisms of federal ACO rules It may be that the Obama administration bit off more than it can chew with its first release of proposed rules for Accountable Care Organizations (ACO). Lining up in opposition to these rules is an impressive list of the nation’s most respected healthcare organizations. Included are Mayo Clinic, Geisinger Health System, Cleveland Clinic, and Intermountain Healthcare. Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers...

Clinical Pathology Laboratories Have Opportunity to Learn More about ISO 15189

A2LA, CAP, and QMP-LS to Participate in an Informational Event on January 20th     ISO 15189 is gaining a foothold among laboratories in the United States. Since the first clinical pathology laboratory in the U.S. earned accreditation to “ISO 15189:2007 Medical Laboratories” in 2008, there has been a steady increase in the number of clinical laboratories that have embarked on their own path to accreditation. This fall, The Dark Report and Dark Daily invited all three of the...

IBM Invests $100 Million in Healthcare Informatics, but That is Not Unusual for IBM

Company will develop solutions for new reimbursement models, evidence-based care, and supporting health service delivery needs Earlier this fall, IBM Corporation (NYSE: IBM) announced plans to invest $100 million specifically to advance IBM capabilities in three key areas of healthcare informatics. That seemed like a big deal that might affect clinical pathology, since IBM is one of the information technology (IT) giants in the United States. However, Dark Daily editors made a surprising...
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