Elevating the role of the laboratory in health care
Mayo Clinic Laboratories’ Outreach Program delivers on our promise to provide the right test to the right patient. Our collaborative outreach partnerships provide hospital laboratory leaders with Mayo Clinic expertise and individualized strategies to develop robust outreach programs with the capacity to provide advanced testing locally. Our experienced, industry-leading outreach consultants offer unparalleled insights and experience to help hospital-based laboratories evolve from cost-centers to revenue generators.
Underscored by our core belief that the best care is delivered locally, our Outreach Program connects teams of experts with providers across the United States to cultivate a suite of solutions to help laboratories build and sustain outreach programs that improve efficiencies and minimize waste. This increases hospital revenues, decreases costs, and most importantly, improves patient care.
An effective laboratory outreach program can unlock a wide array of benefits for a health system and its laboratory. Every day, hospital laboratories struggle for dollars to meet the challenges of decreasing reimbursement and rising costs. How are they expected to survive (or possibly even thrive)? That is where laboratory outreach can make a difference. In outreach, a laboratory’s services become externally focused rather than only concentrating on the patients in hospital beds. It is the opposite of traditional lab medicine — it is entrepreneurial, intentional, and effective.
In the inaugural episode of the "Leveraging the Laboratory" podcast, host Jane Hermansen, outreach manager at Mayo Clinic Laboratories, is joined by outreach colleagues Brianne Newton and Ellen Dijkman Dulkes. They discuss their laboratory backgrounds, the history and importance of laboratory outreach, and how their work can support the growth of hospital laboratories.
In this month’s “Outreach Webinar,” hear from Mayo Clinic Laboratories attorney Sharon Zehe, J.D., who answers frequently asked questions from hospital laboratory outreach programs. Typical questions include: What is the best business model? Should the laboratory have a separate Tax ID (EIN)? Does the laboratory need a separate NPI number? Should the outreach program remain as a hospital department? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each model?