CEO SUMMARY: Clinical laboratories often promote themselves as being able to deliver quality results. But simply saying so is not the same as having an outside organization audit the laboratory to accredit its analytical processes and its other operational activities. NMS Labs in Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, pursued accreditation to ISO 15189 Medical Laboratories to gain
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CEO SUMMARY: For about a year, hospitals and health systems have had a new choice for meeting the Medicare Conditions of Participation. This new choice is Det Norske Veritas (DNV). Because DNV offers a dual process for achieving Medicare accreditation and ISO 9001 certification, it brings client hospitals a different bundle of benefits. As hospitals
CEO SUMMARY: In Utica, New York, 201-bed St. Elizabeth Medical Center was the first hospital in New York State and one of the first five hospitals nationwide to meet the new accreditation standard from DNV Healthcare, of Cincinnati, Ohio. St. Elizabeth administrators credit use of this new accreditation process in helping the hospital improve efficiency,
CEO SUMMARY: After learning about quality management systems at a recent Executive War College, the lab director at Pinkus Dermatopathology recognized how such techniques could be used in his lab to improve quality, reduce errors, and create a better working environment for both pathologists and lab staff. ISO-9000 was the quality system of choice because
CEO SUMMARY: After achieving its ISO-9000 certification, Kaiser Permanente Northwest’s laboratory division accomplished another distinction. It became the first lab in the nation to use the principles of ISO-9000 to design, build and operate a new, state-of-the-art, automated laboratory facility. The unique workflow designed into this laboratory startles visitors. Not only is this the first
MOTIVATED BY THE GOAL of improving all aspects of its laboratory outreach program, Beaumont Reference Laboratories (BRL) of Royal Oaks, Michigan recently earned its ISO-9000:2001 certification.
“In the competitive market for lab testing, we wanted to raise the bar,” stated Joseph E. Skrisson, Director of Business Development and Operations at BRL. “We believed ISO-9000 was an effective
Lab executives and pathologists concerned about closed panel HMOs should closely study a recent Supreme Court decision. On April 2, the court issued a ruling that supports a state’s right to enact “any willing provider” laws. Kentucky had passed two laws requiring health plans to accept all out-of-network physicians, hospitals, laboratories, and other healthcare providers,
Lab execs and pathologists should pay close attention to this fact: Internet use by Americans significantly increased again last year. The Commerce Department reported that. as of September, 143 million people in the U.S. were using the Internet. This is 54% of the population and represents an increase of 26% from one year earlier. E-mail
MEDUNITE MOVES CLOSER TO ONLINE HEALTH TRANSACTION SERVICES
MEDUNITE INC.’S PLANS TO USE the Internet for claims activity and other transaction services is moving forward.
On January 17, it announced an agreement with Bio-Reference Laboratories, Inc. (BRLI) that will allow physician-subscribers of BRLI’s CareEvolve.comWeb portal to use MedUnite’s transaction services. This includes claims submission, patient eligibility, and
CEO SUMMARY: Once again, THE DARK REPORT’S annual list of lab industry trends deals less with government regulation and influence on laboratory operations and more with the impact of new technologies and new management philosophies. Marketplace acceptance of these lab industry trends is occurring swiftly. Throughout 2000, early adopter labs moved readily to respond to