We currently provide outreach laboratory services for Advocate Medical Group the community-based medical practices of Advocate Health Care, one of the largest health systems in Illinois and one of the largest health care providers in the Midwest.
Current Healthcare Environment
NTL Laboratory understands the pressures under which health systems must operate today. Hospital based laboratories had been sheltered to a large extent from the competitive pressures of the clinical laboratory industry. Yet, with the advent of the highly competitive, managed care era, hospitals have lost the testing and profit associated with outpatient care. Newly developed, independent ambulatory centers such as surgicenters, urgent care, sophisticated x ray centers, diagnostic clinics, and rehabilitation centers prefer to contract with low cost commercial providers for routine, non-urgent tests. Thus, hospital laboratories are unable to profit from ambulatory care business, despite the shift of patients into outpatient facilities.
It has become clear that to improve financial performance, hospital based laboratories have to widen their patient base by entering the reference laboratory market with the development of successful outreach programs.
NTL is ready to help and we would welcome the opportunity to discuss the many ways we can assist your system’s laboratory in the confusing and complicated environment we see today and tomorrow.
Benefits of Outreach program
NTL Laboratory is partnering with health systems who are interested in any, or all of the following:
- Provide a revenue and profit stream to the health system through expanded outreach laboratory services
- Provide an outreach laboratory service that is competitive with national and regional commercial laboratories
- Improving integration of inpatient and outreach laboratory testing services
- Providing access to NTL’s supply and lab equipment cost structure