Month: January 2004

Is Healthcare Undergoing a Fundamental Shift?

ONE OF THE MOST DIFFICULT RESPONSIBILITIES in laboratory management is deciding when to implement substantial change. Pathologists and lab administrators correctly understand that there are risks for acting too soon or too late when responding to changes in the healthcare marketplace. That’s why this year’s list of key trends in anatomic pathology is particularly interesting. Collectively, …

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Anatomic Path Trends Portend Deep Changes

CEO SUMMARY: Our biannual review of trends shaping the anatomic pathology profession reveals that a wide range of influences are active. The nation’s healthcare system is undergoing fundamental changes in how it views the quality of health services and how it will favor top-performing providers. For pathology group practices, this list of eight trends should …

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Offering Molecular Tests Has Surprises & Pitfalls

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratories that offer some of the new assays based on molecular technologies often find themselves facing significant financial risk. That’s because payers are skeptical about new lab tests which come at a high price, but don’t offer substantial clinical benefit. One early-adopter laboratory shares advice about how to identify, in advance, some of …

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RFP Secrets To Use When Buying Molecular Tests

CEO SUMMARY: It often takes two to four years before payer coverage and reimbursement become stable. During that time, NorDx Laboratories wants the vendors who sell it new molecular assays to have some “skin in the game.” It accomplishes this by negotiating contracts that link the contract’s renewal to NorDx’s success in getting both payers …

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“January 12, 2004 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

There’s a new joint venture between a commercial laboratory and a multi-hospital group. On January 5, 2004, LabOne, Inc. of Lenexa, Kansas announced that it had completed negotiations with The Health Alliance of Greater Cincinnati. LabOne paid $38.5 million to acquire core laboratory assets of the hospital-owned venture. It will also manage the rapid response …

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