Issue: Volume XI No. 14 - October 11, 2004

Hospital Labs Produce Moderate Cost Increases

ALL PATHOLOGISTS AND HOSPITAL LAB ADMINISTRATORS who feel beat up about endless budget cuts should take heart. During the period 2000-2002, the cost of laboratory services in hospitals increased by 18%. That is something to brag about—and here’s why! The lab services cost increase was less than diagnostic imaging (up 36%), operating rooms (up 32%), …

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Going, Going, Soon Gone: MDS Pulling Out of U.S.

CEO SUMMARY: Even as the best of its lab testing joint ventures with hospitals and health systems prove profitable, MDS Diagnostic Services is taking active steps to resolve its participation as a partner. In a candid interview, its President and CEO acknowledged the best attributes of such joint ventures and identified specific business dynamics which …

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Anatomic Path Lab Weathers Florida’s Blitz of Hurricanes

EMERGENCY RESPONSE PLANS always get rewritten after a crisis. That’s certainly the case with Palm Beach Pathology, which survived the recent blitz of hurricanes that hammered Florida’s east coast. “Our laboratory is located in West Palm Beach, a city hit hard by Hurricane Frances and Hurricane Jeanne,” said Gary Onofry, Administrator. “If we didn’t get …

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Measuring Daily Productivity of Pathologists Can Be Complex

“Conflict in groups stems from trying to use one measurement system to meet all practice goals. This is the pitfall to avoid.” —Dennis Padget CEO SUMMARY: Productivity measurement systems are widely used outside the healthcare industry to better manage operations and to incentivize staff. Many pathology groups have a gnawing feeling that they should be …

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LabOne, Humana, Pathology Reference Services of Maryland

LABONE AND HUMANA INK NATIONAL CONTRACT FOR LAB SERVICES IN A MOVE THAT REINFORCES its intention to compete as a national laboratory, LabOne, Inc., signed an expanded national agreement with Humana Inc. The contract, announced on August 31, 2004, covers LabOne’s full test services menu and allows LabOne to provide services to the physicians and …

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“October 11, 2004 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

One reason why certain health plans are posting better numbers in several key clinical quality measures are “Pay for Performance” plans that reward providers with better outcomes, according to a just-released report by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA), based in Washington, DC. For example, NCQA data indicates that, among health plans which publicize …

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