Published 2002 (AACC Publication),
Frederick L Kiechle and Rhonda Ingram Main
This book provides a simple but comprehensive guide on how to improve laboratory efficiency by using a variety of methods that will reduce the cost per test. Strategies for increasing test volume include expanding the core business through outreach and merger or consolidation of laboratory services. Strategies for reducing laboratory operating costs include automation, point-of-care testing and diversification of technical staff. A chapter on how to negotiate a contract with a managed care organization is included. Emphasis is placed on how to evaluate, implement and monitor the success of each of these methods for improving laboratory efficiency. This book is for all those who are concerned with quality in laboratory medicine in an environment of decreasing financial resources.