PPM/MSO News

• AmeriPath (Riviera Beach, FL) continues to build on its regional business model by acquiring Harper Pathology Group (San Antonio, TX). The practice had annual net revenues of $1.8 million in 1997. Terms of the transactions were not disclosed. The Harper Pathology Group is AmeriPath’s seventh acquisition in Texas and the second in the San Antonio area, officials said. The hospital-based practice employs three physicians who provide inpatient services at St. Luke’s Baptist Hospital in San Antonio, as well as operates an outpatient lab that serves the local physician community.

• PhyCom Corp. (Kirkland, WA) and ValuMed Systems (city, ST) have formed a wide-ranging strategic partnership aimed at enhancing both companies’ medical management product solutions and distribution channels to the managed care marketplace. PhyCom will incorporate the ValuMed Medical Management Guidelines into PhyCom CarePartner, a fully integrated utilization, referral, and case management system that supports medical management across the continuum of care. As part of the agreement, PhyCom will also offer the ValuMed Medical Management System, a decision support tool used to conduct data mining and analytic reporting for utilization, cost, and quality improvement, to its growing customer base.

• ProMedCo (Fort Worth, TX) has signed a letter of intent to affiliate with Prism Medical Group (Boca Raton, FL). Prism, a 12-physician, multi-specialty group, provides the southern Palm Beach County market with physician services, including internal medicine, nephrology, gastroenterology, cardiology, and OB/GYN through two clinical locations in Boca Raton. Terms of the transaction, which is subject to final physician shareholder approval, were not announced.

• American Oncology Resources (AOR; Houston) has added 29 physicians to its network of affiliated oncologists in 4Q98. The largest transaction of the quarter involved Oncology & Hematology Associates of Southwest Virginia, (Roanoke, VA) an eight-physician oncology practice. The practice, with seven sites of service in the western Virginia area, has a well-established and active clinical research program, AOR officials said. In addition to the Oncology & Hematology transaction, AOR completed six other transactions in 4Q98. These transactions represented same market expansion in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Texas, and Virginia.

Physicians’ Specialty Corp. (PSC; Atlanta) has amended its management services agreement with Cleveland Ear, Nose & Throat Center (Cleveland, OH). Under the terms of the amended, 40-year agreement, PSC will receive a mangement fee of 12.5% of Cleveland ENT revenue, payable monthly.