Clinical Laboratories Still Struggle with Write-offs and Establishing Patient Relationships

Potentially increasing the revenue write-off burden for clinical laboratories, HRSA changes, insurance contracting, policy and coverage questions for genetic and genomic testing, and patient relationship disconnects will expose cracks in lab test claim generation and billing processes Last year it was estimated that collection agencies held $140 billion in unpaid medical bills, in addition to the amount of unpaid bills in pre-collection status, according to a New York Times report. More...

New Trend in Use of Real-Time Management Dashboards Gives Clinical Laboratories Ability to Achieve Improved Quality and Faster Test TAT

Evidence is emerging that medical laboratories using the ‘daily management’ approach can outperform other labs, even those using Lean methods Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are information-rich environments. Yet, there is irony in the fact that—in response to financial pressures and incentives to improve the quality of medical laboratory testing services—most of the nation’s clinical labs cannot tap that rich vein of information to support performance improvement goals....

Innovative Labs Combining Lean and Automation in Clever Ways

There’s a hot new trend emerging among a handful of the nation’s more sophisticated and tightly-managed laboratories. These innovators have hit on a “lab operation home run!” They are combining Lean process improvement methods with the latest-generation automation solutions and highly-automated analyzers. As a result, they are achieving mind-blowing, amazingly fast turnaround times while simultaneously boosting med tech productivity and slashing operational costs. At...
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