Sonic Healthcare Acquires Propath, while PathGroup Buys Pathology Consultants in More Signs of a Consolidating Market

An estimated 80 pathologists will now work for larger pathology superlabs as part of the deals, bringing stiffer competition to independent anatomic pathology groups This story comes from the desk of The Dark Report. If you’re not a subscriber, sign up for a free trial and read exclusive insider content for laboratory directors and pathologists. Consolidation among private practice anatomic pathology groups continues with news that two large regional pathology groups decided to sell to larger...

More Community Hospital Pathology Laboratories Are Ready to Tackle Molecular Testing for Infectious Disease and Cancer

Clinical pathology laboratories often find it difficult to get accurate information about various molecular and genetic assays Because of advances in automated molecular systems and less complex technologies, it is now possible for more clinical pathology laboratories in community hospitals to establish their own molecular diagnostics testing program. This is particularly true of testing for infectious disease and cancer. At the same time that local pathology and clinical laboratories have...

How Local Laboratories Can Make Money from Molecular Diagnostics

With each new advance in molecular diagnostics, local laboratories and pathology group practices find it easier to set up and offer molecular assays to their own clientele. That’s because newer generations of instruments automate steps and make it feasible to support this testing with a relatively small volume of specimens. Challenges still remain, however. Payer coverage and reimbursement for many molecular assays remain inconsistent and unpredictable. In some cases, laboratories need...

More Physicians Move to Group Model Except Maybe Pathologists

Physicians continue to migrate toward larger group practice settings. Consolidation of physician group practices continues, although the pathology specialty seems to be resisting this trend. The American Medical Association reported in 2005 that about 40% of physician groups had 3 or 4 physicians, but those groups employed only about 11% of all group-practice positions. Conversely, only 1.4% of these groups had 100 or more doctors, but they represented almost 32% of the 247,000 physicians in...
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