O'FALLON, Ill. and NASHVILLE, Tenn., March 31, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The Southern Oncology Association of Practices (SOAP) has reached an agreement with PathGroup Laboratories to provide access to cutting edge clinical and molecular tools to their 70+ member practices.
The agreement, which begins April 1, covers all services provided by community based oncology practices including clinical, anatomic and molecular testing with national pricing for SOAP members.
Based in Nashville, TN, PathGroup is one of the largest physician-owned pathology groups in the United States with over 80 pathologists and a leader in the field of anatomic, clinical and molecular pathology.
SOAP Vice-President Reis J. Driver said his experience with PathGroup "has been extremely positive within our practice. When we were approached by PathGroup in 2013 with laboratory solutions specific to our practice here in Kentucky, we checked all the references and talked to existing clients of PathGroup before moving forward. Everything we were told was accurate and the results have been fantastic. The idea of recreating this success for our member practices was really the driving force behind this agreement."
Dr. Pranil Chandra, AVP, Medical Director Molecular Pathology and Genomic Medicine Services at PathGroup, stated "The agreement we have reached with SOAP will allow PathGroup to continue providing cutting-edge molecular diagnostics, as well as gold-standard laboratory services, to more patients in our geographic area. In looking at the mission of SOAP, to help practices remain independent and competitive in the current oncology landscape, we knew PathGroup could be a great fit for their members."
Further details will be presented to member practices at SOAP's national meeting April 22-23, 2016 in Memphis, TN and through field based activity of PathGroup's oncology sales force.
The Southern Oncology Association of Practices (SOAP) was formed in June of 1998 to address the changing needs of medical oncologists in private practice. Currently, SOAP member practices are located in 16 states including Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
The goals of SOAP are founded in education, group purchasing and networking. We strive to establish a network for sharing information on issues particular to the field of medical oncology and to collectively negotiate with wholesalers and pharmaceutical companies for more competitive pricing. By working towards these goals, it is the intent of SOAP to enable oncology practices to remain independent.
Founded in 1965, PathGroup has evolved into a premier provider of anatomic, clinical and molecular pathology services. Privately held and physician centric, PathGroup works seamlessly with customers to provide superior diagnostic services - a vital link in the cycle of patient relationships. PathGroup uses the latest in proprietary and industry standard technology to deliver fast, accurate results. The company provides clients with the highest quality of services available, consistently exceeding the expectations of physicians, employees, payers and most importantly, patients. One Lab; Total Service.
Jeannie VanderKruik, BA, RN, BSN, OCN®, NE-BC
Executive Director, SOAP
Director of Sales - Oncology
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