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Clin Lab Manage Rev. 1996 Sep-Oct;10(5):499-504.

The reemergence of the hospital-based laboratory.

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Reference Laboratory Alliance, Pittsburgh, PA, USA.


The Reference Laboratory Alliance (RLA) in Pittsburgh is an example of multiple hospital laboratories integrated for the purpose of delivering competitive outpatient laboratory services in a managed-care environment. Developed in 1994, the RLA model includes a "virtual" core laboratory (comprising four tertiary care centers of excellence) and a distributed network of more than 30 community hospitals. Linked through information systems, logistics, and an extensive committee structure, the RLA is capable of delivering a "seamless" service to the region's managed-care organizations. In its first full year of operation, the RLA is expected to shift between $12 and $15 million worth of laboratory activity back into the community's hospitals. Through its pathology component, the RLA is now actively engaged in redefining the role of the clinical laboratory in the managed-care environment.

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