CEO SUMMARY: Pathologists looking for a viable future in a healthcare system marked by integration of clinical care and value-based reimbursement will be interested to learn about Spectrum Medical Group based in Portland, Maine. This 180-member multispecialist group includes 22 pathologists (but no primary care physicians). It has found a way to serve ACOs, health
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CEO Summary: Pathologists at Ottawa Hospital not only must handle a large volume of specimens regularly, but are experiencing a 14% per year growth in the number of specimens. Last year, when the average turnaround time for a case was nine days, the pathology department embarked on a series of Lean and process improvement projects.
CEO SUMMARY: Prevention of diagnostic testing errors is getting more attention by both physicians and pathology labs because patients are less tolerant of potentially life-changing errors. Strand Diagnostics’ Know Error system is designed to reduce or eliminate errors involving tissue specimen misidentification. In this first part of our two-part series, we provide information about the
CEO SUMMARY: KLAS Research published its Top 20 Best in KLAS Awards in December and ranked Psyche WindoPath the top system in two categories. KLAS, which rates as many as 56 categories of healthcare software and professional services products in its annual report, does not provide much detail in how it conducts surveys of users,
CEO SUMMARY: Although the nation’s two largest laboratory companies have achieved a dominant managed care position, opportunities remain for regional labs to do more business with managed care plans. Two experts provide an update of managed care pricing trends for laboratory testing services. For independent labs and hospital lab outreach programs seeking to expand access
Here’s an interesting quirk. It seems none of the major lab professional associations and societies have yet to alert their members to last week’s national news about inaccurate Vitamin D test results at Quest Diagnostics Incorporated. At least, that was true today, based on visits to their Web sites before this issue of THE DARK REPORT
CEO SUMMARY: Pathologists and laboratory directors will want to pay attention to the proposed rules published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on July 2, 2007. The document is a grab bag of proposals and rules that would significantly curb many common ancillary services arrangements now used by physicians to capture revenue. Diagnostic
“This 10-year agreement is unique in the laboratory industry. It speaks to the long-term commitment of both parties.”—Brad Smith, Executive Vice President, Laboratory Corporation of America
CEO SUMMARY: It was unprecedented when UnitedHealth Group announced an exclusive, 10-year laboratory testing services agreement with Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings. This is a high-stakes development for both companies.
One of dermatopathology’s academic giants has been snared by a pathology PPM. A. Bernard Ackerman, M.D., will leave his professor post at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia to work with AmeriPath, Inc. and help it develop a dermatopathology center in New York City. It is to be called the Ackerman Academy of Dermatopathology. AmeriPath’s goal