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Clin Lab Manage Rev. 1994 Sep-Oct;8(5):472-4, 476-8, 480 passin.

Managed care and the hospital laboratory: survival of the fittest.

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Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center, Chicago, IL.

Abstract

The authors review the reasons behind the currently evolving restructuring within the healthcare industry and its implications for hospital laboratories. They predict a continuing decline in the volume of inpatient care with a similar effect on the volume of hospital laboratory testing. They also foresee a shift to independent laboratories in the volume of outpatient testing--currently a key revenue source for many hospital laboratories. For those hospitals that redefine their mission, inpatient testing for higher-acuity patients is one role, as is managing point-of-care testing in nontraditional settings.

PMID:
10137286
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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