ARUP Laboratories Releases White Paper on Role of Laboratory Medicine in ACOs

"The value of laboratory medicine in the new era of healthcare cannot be overstated."

Sep 15, 2011, 13:54 ET from ARUP Laboratories

SALT LAKE CITY, Sept. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- ARUP Laboratories, a leading national clinical and anatomic pathology reference laboratory and thought leader in laboratory medicine and the laboratory's role in healthcare reform, today released a white paper titled "The Role of Laboratory Medicine in Accountable Care Organizations."


"The changes taking place in healthcare in the United States represent a watershed moment, something none of us has experienced," said Edward Ashwood, MD, president and CEO of ARUP Laboratories. "We can no longer do business as usual. We have to identify ways to deliver a higher-quality, more efficient form of healthcare."

The white paper reviews the current terrain of healthcare, including a discussion of practices and legislation that have brought the industry to this pivotal moment. The authors, Joe Miles, MT(ASCP), MHS, and Ronald L. Weiss, MD, MBA, provide evidence supporting the key role that the laboratory, with its skilled pathologists and medical laboratory professionals, plays in healthcare. Additionally, Miles and Weiss make recommendations for healthcare leaders on how best to leverage the laboratory in these uncharted waters.

"The value of laboratory medicine in the new era of healthcare cannot be overstated," continued Ashwood. "The laboratory is an invaluable means to help in numerous ways. Putting a greater emphasis on accountability in healthcare, improving medical outcomes, and reducing waste are all goals of healthcare reform. This white paper is beneficial for all healthcare executives, physicians, and lab directors."

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About ARUP Laboratories

Founded in 1984, ARUP Laboratories is a leading national reference laboratory and a nonprofit enterprise of the University of Utah and its Department of Pathology. ARUP offers more than 3,000 tests and test combinations, ranging from routine screening tests to esoteric molecular and genetic assays. ARUP serves clients across the United States, including many of the nation's top university teaching hospitals and children's hospitals, as well as multihospital groups, major commercial laboratories, group purchasing organizations, military and other government facilities, and major clinics. In addition, ARUP is a worldwide leader in innovative laboratory research and development, led by the efforts of the ARUP Institute for Clinical and Experimental Pathology®.

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