Month: March 2011

A Tale of Two Laboratories

ON OPPOSITE COASTS OF THE UNITED STATES, two of the nation’s larger laboratory companies are charting very different courses. Yet, in this tale of two laboratories, each lab company has important lessons to teach hospital CEOs about the many benefits that accrue from a well-run hospital laboratory outreach program. On the East Coast, Solstas Laboratory …

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Time to Think About ACOs And Medical Homes

CEO SUMMARY: In less than nine months—on January 1, 2012—the new health reform legislation mandates that Medicare commence value-based purchasing. Medicare must also begin contracting with accountable care organizations (ACO). Experts say these two developments will initiate a cycle of broad change to the nation’s healthcare system. At this year’s Executive War College, a special …

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PAML to Enter Kentucky With New Laboratory JV

CEO SUMMARY: This latest laboratory joint venture, in partnership with Saint Joseph Health System, gives Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories, LLC (PAML), a solid presence in Kentucky’s laboratory testing marketplace. Over the past 10 years, PAML, which is based in the Pacific Northwest, has proved adept at developing laboratory joint ventures with hospitals and major health …

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Pathology Group Establishes Lab Test Exchange Networks

CEO SUMMARY: After several decades of steadfastly maintaining their independence from other pathology groups in their community, progressive hospital-based pathology groups are beginning to create regional laboratory testing networks. These collaborations generally start small and often involve just a few simple testing services. In North Carolina, one pathology group has created two separate test exchange …

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Controlling Test Utilization By Physician Use of CPOE

CEO SUMMARY: Systems for computerized physician order entry (CPOE) and clinical decision support can contribute to better utilization of laboratory tests while achieving improvements in patient outcomes. At Decatur Memorial Hospital, use of CPOE helped physicians slash the volume of blood products used by one-third, even as the risk of adverse patient events declined by …

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March 21, 2011 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Regulation of genetic tests by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) continues to move forward. Earlier this month, an FDA advisory panel conducted hearings on this subject. The Molecular and Clinical Genetics Panel of FDA’s Medical Devices Advisory Committee discussed several aspects of direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing. Experts on the panel advocated that consumers should …

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