How a patient-centered focus can ensure the survival of your lab
Lab order, reporting and billing processes are often transactional in nature and not connected to a master or consolidated patient record within the lab system. This can create serious problems for your lab, affecting patient care, billing, and the ability to integrate with other players in the healthcare continuum.
Moving lab data seamlessly between healthcare providersâ€”physicians, hospitals, HIEs, labs, and moreâ€”is key to delivering the best possible patient care. New research suggests that this type of collaboration not only improves the quality of care and health outcomes, it also can reduce errors, improve billing, and decrease workflow inefficiencies.
Having access to complete patient records is an essential component of this collaboration. To be considered a valuable contributor to the process, your lab must learn how to manage and communicate information in a patient-centric manner. In fact, the very survival of your lab depends on it!
But where do you start? What can your lab do to foster a more patient-centric mindset across all departments? Find out when you register to attend the 2012 Executive War College for Laboratory and Pathology Management and participate in Robert Atlasâ€™ session â€śBecome a Patient-Centric Labâ€¦or Die!â€ť Youâ€™ll get insights into the challenges and benefits of evolving from a transactional approach to a patient-centric model in your lab.
Rob Atlas is President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Medical (a division of Atlas Development Corporation). Heâ€™ll share his experience helping more than 150 labs succeed in todayâ€™s challenging patient-centric paradigm. Youâ€™ll learn how to assess your own labâ€™s situation, identify its biggest problem areas, and get proven strategies that will allow you meet those challenges head-on.
According to Atlas, the patient-centric mindset should start the moment the patient walks into a service center. Because treating each visit individually means your lab wonâ€™t have the ability to verify insurance coverage, check unpaid invoices, or determine if the test youâ€™re about to perform has already been done.
But with the new ACO and Medical Home mentality, cost-cutting, waste reduction, and improved patient outcomes will be key to the survival of your lab. Which is why so many labs are turning to electronic systems for help. These systems provide a single comprehensive record for each patient, with information thatâ€™s been merged, matched, and de-duped, and will help drive outcomes and allow for better treatment of patients, not just the reporting of test results.
During this comprehensive session, youâ€™ll learn how to:
â€˘Implement a clean-order strategy that helps prevent duplicate and unnecessary testing.
Whether you work for a small independent lab or are part of a much larger health system, becoming a patient-centric lab will be essential to the survival of your lab.
One low registration fee gives you access to all the invaluable sessions during this two-day eventâ€”including this one. Register today for the 17th Annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology Management, May 1-2, 2012 in New Orleans, then join us for â€śBecome a Patient-Centric Labâ€¦or Die!â€ť with Robert Atlas.
With the Executive War College less than two weeks away, thereâ€™s no time to waste, so be sure you register today to guarantee yourself a seat at what is always the best and most complete resource for information on laboratory and pathology management.Back to News
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