Hit by Lower Lab Test Prices, Nation’s Clinical Pathology Laboratories Embark on Cost-Cutting Programs

Many hospital outreach lab programs are dealing with the double whammy of successive reductions in Medicare Part B Clinical Laboratory Test fees and a shrinking budget by their parent hospitals Over the past 24 months, all the painful cuts to lab test prices have made depressing news. These decreases in the prices paid to clinical laboratories by the Medicare program and major private health insurers mean that labs in 2014 will have significantly less revenue, even as the volume of specimens...

Innovations in Clinical Pathology Laboratory Management at the 2011 Executive War College in New Orleans

Record crowd of pathologists and clinical laboratory managers hear from medical lab industry leaders Dateline: New Orleans, Louisiana—Here at the 16th annual Executive War College (EWC) on laboratory and pathology management, a crowd of record size has gathered to learn the latest trends in the clinical laboratory testing marketplace, and to hear about innovations and new management breakthroughs, as shared by top-performing medical laboratories. As your Dark Daily editor, this is my first...

New “Best Practices” Turbocharge How Labs Use Lean and Six Sigma

Top labs are leveraging Lean Six Sigma to Boost Performance and Profits Clinical laboratories and pathology groups using Lean Six Sigma methods are blowing right past the dismal economy and posting strong improvements in operations and financial performance. In fact, at their most innovative, these laboratories are developing new global “best practices” in how they use Lean and Six Sigma. “Laboratory professionals will be surprised at how fast Lean Six Sigma methods are transforming three...

Labs Respond to Uncertain Economy and Healthcare Reform with Lean Six Sigma Successes

PRESS RELEASE The Dark Report 21806 Briarcliff Dr. Spicewood, Texas 78669 512-264-7103 o 512-264-0969 f FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: Ron Martin rbmartin@darkreport.com Labs Respond to Uncertain Economy and Healthcare Reform With Lean Six Sigma Successes AUSTIN, Texas (December 2, 2009) — With the economy in the tank and Congress about to enact radical reforms to the American healthcare system, clinical laboratories and pathology groups are struggling to stay financially solvent....

Achieving World-Class Performance: New Ways Your Lab Can Use Lean Six Sigma to Stop Bad Outcomes and Boost Financial Performance

How to transition from traditional management to Lean Six Sigma management YOUR PRESENTERS: Leslie Sprick, MT (ASCP), Managing Partner, Sprick, Stegall & Associates, LLC M. Susan Stegall, CMC, MT (ASCP), Managing Partner, Sprick, Stegall & Associates, LLC Moderator: Vince D’Mello, President,  D’Mello LabMed Consultants Declining reimbursement, cost increases, labor shortages, increased competition and, ultimately, a lower return on investment-sound familiar? These are...