CEO SUMMARY: Leading laboratory organizations from three countries will take the podium at the EXECUTIVE WAR COLLEGE in New Orleans on May 11-12, 1999. Their objective: to share up-to-date information on effective laboratory management strategies and methods used to deal with the challenges of managed care, declining reimbursement and healthcare consolidation.
UP-TO-THE-MINUTE DEVELOPMENTS in laboratory and
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-hospital VA region consolidated testing around two core labs, entered into a partnership with a commercial laboratory, and used telepathology to serve a
CEO SUMMARY: In part one of this exclusive interview, Premier’s John Biggers described the reasons why the 1,700 hospital consortium developed a strategic services program for clinical laboratories. In this final installment, Biggers provides insight as to how the program will work and what the objectives will be. Biggers’ comments deserve careful reading, particularly by
CEO SUMMARY: Pick your trend: declining reimbursement, consolidation, clinical integration, downsizing, and capitated reimbursement. These trends all continued to shape the way laboratories organized to provide services. But 1997’s wildcard was the federal government. Between investigations and new regulations, laboratories were hit hard.
FOR THE clinical laboratory industry, 1997’s biggest surprise was both unexpected and unpleasant: