CEO SUMMARY: Seeing the changes overtaking pathology practices, Brazos Valley Pathology decided to sell two of its group practices to Aurora Diagnostics. Last month’s transaction was not designed to fix financial problems nor was it because of retiring pathologists. Rather, it was done proactively to ensure that BVP’s 11 pathologists had access to the resources of a larger pathology organization so that they could expand or add technology as needed in the future, while practicing independently.
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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
CEO SUMMARY: Doctors Pathology Services in Delaware is successful for two reasons. First it runs the largest pathology lab in the state. But more important, it runs one of the few successful mobile pathology services anywhere. The Mobile Intraoperative Consultation Service(MICS)allows the pathologist to do pathology work on site at ambulatory surgery centers, physicians’ offices,
“Conflict in groups stems from trying to use one measurement system to meet all practice goals. This is the pitfall to avoid.” —Dennis Padget
CEO SUMMARY: Productivity measurement systems are widely used outside the healthcare industry to better manage operations and to incentivize staff. Many pathology groups have a gnawing feeling that they should be looking
“When a hospital or laboratory goes ‘paperless’, it’s no longer ‘business as usual’ for pathologists.”
—Bruce Dunn, M.D.
CEO SUMMARY: One outcome of the Veteran Administration’s (VA) ongoing effort to create a totally-integrated information system was to give the laboratory increased capabilities to enhance diagnostic testing services. It’s also changing the way pathologists practice laboratory medicine and
CEO SUMMARY: For the past 14 years, a non-pathologist entrepreneur has enjoyed a growing business in offering autopsy services to clients willing to pay out-of-pocket. By design, the business is limited to the Southern California region. But demand in that region is enough to regularly engage the autopsy services of six pathologists. Here’s a look
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