CEO SUMMARY: Members of Joint Venture Hospital Laboratories in Michigan anticipate that the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule rates being implemented under PAMA will lower payment from Medicare to less than the cost of running tests, especially for rural and critical access hospitals. CMS established the 2018 CLFS under the Patient Access to Medicare Act
To deal with a shortage of surgical pathologists in the United Kingdom, the British National Health Service (NHS) is looking at solutions, such as deployment of digital pathology systems. According to a story in Pharma Times, the NHS is negotiating with Roche Diagnostics and partners to develop a program to implement digital pathology systems across the
ON SEPT. 22, MEDICARE OFFICIALS RELEASED THE DRAFT PRICES for the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule. The bad news for the lab industry is that the fee cuts are deeper than the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services had predicted earlier.
The price cuts to clinical laboratory test fees will total $670 million in 2018.
One of the nation’s more clever business models for hospital laboratories is co-tenancy. It is a proven way that lab administrators can reduce the cost of inpatient testing. It is for this reason that the Michigan Co-Tenancy Laboratory in Ann Arbor, Michigan continues to grow. It announced that, during the past quarter, three hospital systems
CEO Summary: In the second installment of our exclusive two- part interview, the executive directors of two regional laboratory networks formed in the 1990s (one in Michigan and one in Washington State) share their assessment of why their respective lab networks have performed strongly over the past two decades. They also identify the reasons why
“For 20 years, our regional laboratory network here in Detroit has played an important role in helping member hospital laboratories build their lab outreach programs.”
—Jack Shaw, Executive Director, Joint Venture Hospital Laboratories
CEO Summary: During the 1990s, hospital laboratories in Detroit, Michigan (1992), and Seattle, Washington (1996), banded together to form regional laboratory networks. In both
CEO SUMMARY: Office-based physicians in Michigan can use a program offered by the American Medical Association (AMA) to get assistance in adapting their electronic medical record (EMR) systems to utilize LOINC for lab test ordering and lab test results reporting. This service is offered by Amagine, Inc., which is a partnership between AMA and Covisint,
CEO SUMMARY: After several decades of steadfastly maintaining their independence from other pathology groups in their community, progressive hospital-based pathology groups are beginning to create regional laboratory testing networks. These collaborations generally start small and often involve just a few simple testing services. In North Carolina, one pathology group has created two separate test exchange
CEO SUMMARY: When 330-bed Botsford Hospital of Farmington Hills, Michigan, got interested in laboratory outreach 10 years ago, it brought in a new laboratory leader, invested in new analyzers and informatics, and then let the quality of the operation attract new business from the community. Today, Botsford’s outreach program performs 2.4 million tests per year
CEO SUMMARY: When UnitedHealth Group announced its exclusive national contract with Laboratory Corporation of America, Joint Venture Hospital Laboratories (JVHL) saw opportunity. That’s because LabCorp does not have a significant presence in Michigan. JVHL parlayed its statewide network of 120 hospital laboratories into a five-year contract with UnitedHealth, positioning it to capture more market share.