ACOs and Medical Homes:
Preparing a Lab for Dramatic Changes in How Physicians Use Clinical Laboratories


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Media Contact: Ron Martin

AUSTIN, Texas (June 8, 2011) — In less than seven months, the federal Medicare program will begin contracting with Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs). At this point, clinical laboratories and pathology groups have little time left to craft an intelligent strategy to serve this new model of integrated patient care.

In addition to ACOs, Medical Homes are another equally credible way to deliver integrated patient care. In recent years, this model has caught fire with both providers and payers as early Medical Home efforts delivered surprisingly impressive improvements in patient outcomes.

No one in the lab industry wants the ACO/Medical Home trend to undermine the clinical integrity and financial solvency of the nation’s laboratory testing organizations. That’s why it’s imperative that clinical laboratories and pathology groups understand the ACO and Medical Home patient-care model.

The Dark Report will help clinical lab and pathology groups to fully understand the operation of these radical new care models, plus the challenges they present, during a timely audio conference titled, “ACOs and Medical Homes: Preparing Your Lab for Dramatic Changes in How Physicians Use Clinical Laboratories,” on Thursday, June 23, 2011, at 1:00 p.m. EST. LINK:

Co-presenter Brian Jackson, MD, MS, Medical Director of Laboratory Informatics at ARUP Laboratories in Salt Lake City, is working with many of the nation’s most prominent hospitals and health systems as they assemble their ACOs and make decisions about how these nascent ACOs will use laboratory testing services as well as their need to access laboratory test data. Dr. Jackson will provide an inside look on how these ACOs deliver integrated patient care.

Next, James Crawford, MD, PhD, Senior Vice President for Laboratory Services at North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, will provide a nuanced understanding of the Medical-Home-integrated patient-care model, along with several robust strategies that a laboratory organization can use to become a valued lab-testing provider to the Medical Homes in its community.

Attendees will also learn about key principles and operating requirements of a Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), and how a PCMH model compares with an ACO model.

Registration to this audio conference is now open. A valuable question-and-answer session will follow the 90-minute presentation. Members of the press who would like to learn about the challenges and opportunities that ACOs and Medical Homes will create should contact Ron Martin at 512-264-7103.


About The Dark Report

Established in 1995, The Dark Report is the leading source of exclusive business intelligence for laboratory CEOs, COOs, CFOs, Pathologists and Senior industry executives. It is widely-read by leaders in laboratory medicine and diagnostics. The Dark Report produces the famous Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management every spring, which showcases innovations by the nation’s and globe’s leading laboratory organizations. Dark Daily is an Internet-based e-briefing intelligence service, read worldwide by thought leaders in laboratory and pathology management. Other well-known conferences conducted by The Dark Report are Lab Quality Confab (on the use of Lean and Six Sigma methods in labs and hospitals), Molecular Summit (on the integration of in vivo and in vitro diagnostics). The Dark Report co-produces Frontiers in Laboratory Medicine annually in the United Kingdom; Executive Edge bi-annually in Canada; and The Business of Pathology bi-annually in Australia.