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Early ACO Experience Has Lessons for Pathologists

CEO SUMMARY: To date, many of the nation’s 500 accountable care organizations have launched with little involvement by independent pathology groups and clinical laboratories. That was not the case with an ACO in Alabama, however. From its inception in 2012, the ACO has contract…

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Early Experience with Accountable Care Organization Has Lessons for Pathologists

More than 500 accountable care organizations now operate nationwide. To date, however, few independent pathology groups and clinical labs have successfully negotiated lab testing contracts with these ACO…

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Laboratory Offers Early Lessons in Positioning for Success with ACOs

CEO SUMMARY: Accountable care organizations (ACOs) are already leading the shift from fee-for-service reimbursement to population payment. ACOs are leading healthcare’s evolution to preventive care, wellness, and better management of patients with chronic disease. This evolution will re…

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TriCore Lab Adds Value with Consults, Better TAT

CEO SUMMARY: Motivated by the goal of delivering more value to clinicians and client hospitals, the lab team at TriCore Reference Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico, is proactively introducing new services. One such initiative is to travel to hospitals to participate in rounds and co…

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Lawyers Share Insights about ACO Contracting

CEO SUMMARY: Most pathologists have yet to be involved in any substantial contractual negotiations that would allow them to assume a significant role in accountable care organizations (ACOs). Instead, hospitals and health systems are putting the building blocks in place by acquiring physi…

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RDX Alters Business Plan Due to Lab Market Changes

CEO SUMMARY: Executives at Regional Diagnostic Laboratories (RDX) made a splash last May when they announced the new company’s plans to acquire hospital laboratory outreach programs, backed by a capital commitment of $250 million. Now, in recognition of swift changes in the lab test mar…

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Labs Learn About ACOs And Medical Homes

IN JUST SEVEN MONTHS, the age of accountable care organizations (ACO) begins. On January 1, 2012, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will commence contracting with ACOs. ACOs are one of the major reforms spelled out in the 2,700-page health reform law that President Obama si…

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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 …

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