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Labs Begin Applying Lean to Cut Costs, Add Value

CEO SUMMARY: In more than 40 presentations by 55 speakers, two big themes dominated the 11th annual Lab Quality Confab in New Orleans last week. One theme is the urgent need to cut clinical laboratory costs. The second theme is the need for both clinical labs and anatomic pathology groups…

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Seeking Market Clout, Labs Form Networks

CEO SUMMARY: Meet “Test Exchange Networks!” These are shared laboratory testing networks that have spontaneously appeared in different communities across the nation. Typically two or more local laboratories come together and begin to collaborate by sharing any number of resources. The…

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LabCorp & Sunrise CEOs Score at Exec War College

CEO SUMMARY: This year’s Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management delivered major surprises, along with first news of breakthrough innovations and emerging trends. Managed care contracting for lab testing services was this year’s premier topic and there was keen interest …

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Year’s Ten Biggest Stories Reveal Modest Changes

CEO SUMMARY: In many ways, 2000 was a relatively quiet year for laboratory organizations. This list of the ten biggest stories in the lab industry for 2000 demonstrates that the most innovative laboratory organizations in the United States are “raising the bar” for service and quality…

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How Smaller Lab Organizations Can Compete

MAYBE THE PENDULUM IS SWINGING BACK IN FAVOR of smaller laboratory organizations. During most of the 1990s, consolidation and large size seemed to generate clout. But huge size didn’t always result in profitable laboratory companies. Witness the red ink spilled from such public laboratory compani…

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Revamped Houston JV Validates Industry Trend

CEO SUMMARY: Change is notoriously slow in both the hospital and the clinical laboratory industry. The announcement of a revamped laboratory joint venture between Houston’s Memorial Hermann Healthcare System and Dynacare demonstrates that market pressures continue to encourage the ratio…

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Labs Entering New Cycle Of Evolution and Change

CEO SUMMARY: As some of the nation’s most astute and forward-looking lab executives prepare to gather in New Orleans for the fourth annual EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE, it is time to share our assessment of the laboratory and pathology industry. Recent events presage another profound …

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Sales & Marketing Is Critical To Success Of Labs & Pathologists

CEO SUMMARY: Careful study of the most successful lab oratories operating today reveals a common characteristic: the effective use of sale s and marketing methods to boost specimen volume, revenue, and operating profits. This is true whether it’s a hospital lab outreach program, a comme…

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Washington State’s PacLab Network Is A Regional Winner

CEO SUMMARY: As a regional laboratory network, PacLab is unusual in one respect: participating hospital laboratories did not meet endlessly to talk about what they should do. Instead, action was the operative word for these network organizers. Since becoming operational in 1996, their bia…

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Veterans Administration Network Restructures Using Partnering, Telepathology

CEO SUMMARY: Economic pressures are forcing even the traditional and staid Veterans Administration to extensively reconfigure its laboratory services. At this year’s Executive War College in New Orleans, participants learned how one eight-hospi…

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