Hospital in-house laboratories: Examining the external environment

Kendall Cortelyou-Ward, Timothy Rotarius, Aaron Liberman, Antonio Jose Trujillo

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Abstract

As hospitals fight for their portion of reimbursed health care expenditures, it will become increasingly necessary to investigate alternative funding mechanisms. In-house laboratories, which have likely been seen in the past as pure cost centers, can be repositioned to provide additional revenue to hospitals. This opportunity for in-house laboratories to be remade into profit centers is predicated upon a thorough understanding of the environmental factors affecting hospital laboratories. This article examines 4 distinct environmental factors: demographic and socioeconomic trends, reimbursement and financing, government policy, and clinical events. Each of these external environmental factors provides 2 broad sources of interest to hospitals and their in-house laboratory components: opportunities on which to capitalize and hazards against which to defend.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-10
Number of pages7
JournalThe health care manager.
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 2010

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Keywords

  • Environmental scan
  • Health care policy
  • Laboratories

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  • Health Policy
  • Care Planning
  • Health(social science)
  • Leadership and Management
  • Medicine(all)

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Hospital in-house laboratories : Examining the external environment. / Cortelyou-Ward, Kendall; Rotarius, Timothy; Liberman, Aaron; Trujillo, Antonio Jose.

In: The health care manager., Vol. 29, No. 1, 01.2010, p. 4-10.

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Cortelyou-Ward, Kendall ; Rotarius, Timothy ; Liberman, Aaron ; Trujillo, Antonio Jose. / Hospital in-house laboratories : Examining the external environment. In: The health care manager. 2010 ; Vol. 29, No. 1. pp. 4-10.
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