Tag: clinical integration

Community Labs Arrive at a Crossroads

TODAY, COMMUNITY LABORATORIES ARE FACING THEIR TOUGHEST TIMES EVER. My definition of a community lab includes independent clinical lab companies, hospital lab outreach programs, and pathology groups serving community hospitals.

Never before have community laboratories had to deal with so many discrete market trends and financial setbacks as have surfaced in the past 36 months. I

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Lab Serving Large MD Group Manages Quality and Costs

 CEO SUMMARY: For decades, pathologists have pointed out that their expertise in laboratory medicine can be tapped by physicians to improve utilization of lab tests, contribute to improved patient outcomes, and reduce the overall cost of care. Exactly that is now happening at Atrius Health, where new value-based reimbursement models and integration of clinical care

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Memorial Hermann’s Health Info Exchange Helps Lab Outreach

CEO SUMMARY: In Houston, Memorial Hermann Healthcare System has put together a health information exchange (HIE) to serve the Houston market. By design, this HIE not only gives physicians immediate access to a wide variety of patient data, but also supports the type of workflow required for Memorial Hermann’s new accountable care organization to succeed.

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Top 10 IT Trends Send Message For Labs & Pathology Groups

CEO SUMMARY: Healthcare’s shift away from fee-for-service medicine and toward integrated clinical care is widely recognized. However, few lab administrators and pathologists are aware of the even faster transformation underway in healthcare informatics. Presented here are the “Top 10 Tech Trends” identified last month by Healthcare Informatics. A common theme is the need for information

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More Hospitals Consider PAML’s Lab JV Model

CEO SUMMARY: One joint venture at a time, PAML is convincing hospital and health system CEOs about the benefits of building a thriving laboratory outreach business. For their part, facing budget cutbacks and a decline in Medicare reimbursement, more hospital administrators are beginning to recognize how and why laboratory outreach testing programs can bring substantial

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Using Performance-Based Part A Hospital Path Contracts

CEO Summary: One of pathology’s greatest challenges is adequate reimbursement for hospital Part A Pathology Services. Over the past two decades, ever more hospitals took steps to reduce or eliminate payment to pathologists for these services. Now several innovative pathology groups are using a performance-based strategy to negotiate win-win Part A Pathology Service contracts with

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