Incentivizing Prevention: ACOs and the Clinical Laboratory

Incentivizing preventive practices is exactly the principle behind Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and other initiatives forging a new healthcare delivery landscape in the US.  But what exactly is an ACO? CMS defines ACOs as a group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, coming together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to Medicare…

Details

Is There Enough Room To Swing A Cat?

While many of us have had the good fortune to work in modern laboratory settings, with adequate work space, newer instrumentation, lots of storage room, and computerized information systems,   a significant number of our laboratories are not “there”.  It is axiomatic that a safe workplace environment, coupled with adequate resources,   and space for efficient workflow,…

Details

Expecto Patronum!

The advent and implementation of mass spectrometry for routine analysis in the clinical laboratory has revolutionized testing in specialties such as toxicology, endocrinology, microbiology, genetics, etc. This methodology offers many unparalleled advantages including a more targeted testing approach, higher sensitivity and specificity, faster turnaround time, multi-analyte testing capabilities and more. In particular, in the pain…

Details