Issue: Volume IX No. 4 - March 11, 2002

Why Can’t Hospital Laboratories Collaborate?

MOST PEOPLE KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT THE INNER WORKINGS of the clinical laboratory industry generally agree that hospital laboratories possess inherent advantages over commercial laboratories—anytime a hospital lab outreach program is organized properly and marketed professionally. Certainly the managed care contracting success of Joint Venture Hospital Laboratories (JVHL) in Detroit and throughout the state of Michigan bears …

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Michigan Lab Network Wins Major HMO Deal

CEO SUMMARY: By winning the contract for Health Alliance Plan (HAP), Joint Venture Hospital Laboratories (JVHL) captured another major exclusive managed care contract for lab testing services in Southeast Michigan. Its victory demonstrates that local hospital lab outreach programs can compete on equal terms with national laboratory competitors. Service and enhanced lab data reporting are …

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Lab Test Manual Now Available on Handheld PDA Devices

HERE’S ANOTHER EXAMPLE of how technology is changing traditional laboratory practices. Lexi-Comp, Inc.’s Laboratory Test Handbook with information on 1,200 tests is now available as a software program for downloading onto the Palm Pilot handheld PDA (personal digital assistant). Effectively, a handheld computer device can now replace the ubiquitous tome found on the shelves of …

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Pathology Part A Comp Under Attack by Both Hospitals and Insurers

CEO SUMMARY: In steadily-growing numbers, hospitals and insurers are taking active steps to reduce or eliminate compensation for clinical pathology professional services, also commonly referred to as “Part A” services. Unfortunately, many pathology groups fail to anticipate this situation until it’s almost too late. In this DARK REPORT exclusive, attorney Richard S. Cooper identifies methods …

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AACC’s E-Lab Confab Emphasizes Lab Data

CEO SUMMARY: In just six years, experts at the AACC’s E-Lab gathering predict that 50% of all diagnostic testing will be done as point-of-care, homecare, or kit testing. If true, this will be a swift transformation in how labs organize themselves to manage the diagnostic testing needs of physicians, payers, and patients. Here are key …

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“March 11, 2002 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Down in Orlando, Florida, Cognescenti Health Institute, now opening a newly-constructed clinical laboratory, has selected LabDat, Inc. to provide browser-based lab test ordering and results reporting. In response to the anticipated changes caused by genomic and proteomic diagnostics, Cognescenti is building a laboratory business model that is organized around advanced informatics capabilities. (See TDR, December 17, …

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