CEO SUMMARY: Hospital and health system lab managers say some vendors of electronic health record systems for independent physicians are aggressively raising the fees they charge labs. Labs serving outreach physicians now pay more in two ways, they say. First, they pay the price the vendor charges to implement an LIS-to-EHR interface. Second, they pay
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CEO SUMMARY: In the latest chapter of an explosive case at the University of Kansas Medical Center that includes claims of a cancer misdiagnosis, an unnecessary surgery, and a cover-up that involves the former chair of pathology, the patient has sued for fraud, negligence, and civil conspiracy. After a whistle-blowing pathologist filed an earlier lawsuit,
CEO SUMMARY: In an explosive civil case, documents show a pathologist erroneously diagnosed a patient as having cancer of an essential body organ and that the organ was removed unnecessarily, stated an attorney for the whistleblower. The patient has not yet been told of the misdiagnosis or that the essential organ was not cancerous, said
CEO SUMMARY: Delivering more value with lab tests requires going beyond simply working with physicians to improve test utilization by focusing on unnecessary or inappropriate tests. PeaceHealth Laboratories in Oregon successfully executed a two-step strategy to add value with its testing services. First, the lab combined a proprietary test with a new care protocol to
CEO SUMMARY: Physician residents at the UCSF School of Medicine set a target of reducing unnecessary blood draws. By eliminating needless needle sticks, the residents are focusing on patient experience while also encouraging physicians to pay more attention to the need to decrease unnecessary clinical lab testing. The goal is a 5% reduction in phlebotomy procedures for the aca- demic year 2014 to 2015, compared with the previous academic year. Early results show a decrease in phlebotomy procedures.
CEO SUMMARY: Patient focus groups told HealthPartners that they had anxiety as they waited days for lab test results. That encouraged HealthPartners to redesign workflows in its pathology department. Once it could deliver same-day lab test results electronically, HealthPartners launched a unique marketing campaign to educate consumers about this benefit in early May. Already, HealthPartners
CEO SUMMARY: Australia just conducted its first summit meeting on laboratory management and a near sell-out crowd showed up to learn the best and latest. For the Americans in the audience, there were several surprises. First, Australia has a highly-competitive laboratory sector, comparable in many aspects to the private sector here in the United States.
CEO SUMMARY: A new trend is emerging in outreach laboratory IT systems. Labs are linking to the electronic medical record (EMR) systems in their physician clients’ offices. Delivering lab results to these systems is already common. Enabling electronic order entry is the next wave. Clinical labs and anatomic pathology practices will need to offer effective
CEO SUMMARY: Many of the nation’s more innovative laboratory organizations are paying closer attention to laboratory productivity and operational performance. To achieve improved operations, these labs are putting three tools to greater use. They are using targeted automation solutions and giving middleware a greater role in the effort to squeeze ever more productivity from every
CEO SUMMARY: There is an interesting dichotomy between Asia and North America. The same problems and challenges exist in both regions—declining reimbursement and budgets, labor force issues, and the need to spend more for new diagnostic technology. Yet laboratories in both regions see automation from different perspectives. Here’s a summary of several presentations given at