Biggest Opportunity for Clinical Laboratory Industry is Utilization Management of Lab Tests, But Only If It Is Done Well

Effective medical lab/physician collaborations to improve how lab tests are ordered and used can deliver big improvements in patient outcomes while reducing healthcare costs Utilization management of clinical laboratory tests may be the single hottest trend in laboratory medicine today. Across the nation, medical laboratory scientists and pathologists are getting out of the lab to collaborate with physicians to meet the common goal of ordering the right test for the right patient at the right...

Big Crowd of Pathologists and Clinical Laboratory Leaders Converges on New Orleans to Learn about Healthcare Trends, New Medical Laboratory Technologies

Speakers during the opening session discussed the major changes happening in healthcare today, along with insights about the new ‘Clinical Lab 2.0’ concept DATELINE—NEW ORLEANS: This was a week of revelations and strategic insight for more than 900 clinical laboratory administrators, pathologists, and medical laboratory suppliers now attending the 22nd annual Executive War College on Lab and Pathology Management. From the opening keynote presentations to the lab management case studies that...

Further Advances in the Healthcare Price Transparency Trend Reveal Why Physicians Are Supportive; Hospitals and Medical Labs Are Slow to Post Their Prices

Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina expands a website that allows consumers to check the prices charged by physicians; Clinical labs are watching the price transparency trend Once again, a major health insurer has raised the stakes on transparency of the prices charged by physicians, hospitals, clinical laboratories, and anatomic pathology groups. Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) recently expanded a website for its members that lists what the insurer pays to different...

Healthcare Big Data Drives a New Round of Collaborations between Hospitals, Health Systems, and Care Management Companies

Recently-announced partnerships want to use big data to improve patient outcomes and lower costs; clinical laboratory test data will have a major role in these efforts In the race to use healthcare big data to improve patient outcomes, several companies are using acquisitions and joint ventures to beef up and gain access to bigger pools of data. Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers have an interest in this trend, because medical laboratory test data will be a large proportion of the...

Speakers from UCLA, Alverno Clinical Laboratories, and TriCore Reference Labs Discuss the Creation of Value-Added Lab Services at 20th Annual Executive War College

Primary themes were healthcare’s transition away from fee-for-service and how innovative medical laboratories are delivering more value with lab testing services NEW ORLEANS, LA.—Two clear themes for clinical labs and pathology groups emerged from yesterday’s opening presentations at the 20th annual gathering of the Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management. Transitioning from Fee-For-Service to Value-based Reimbursement Programs Theme one is that the pace of transformation...