Research Article| Volume 5, ISSUE 4, P623-634, December 1985

Maintaining the Quality of Laboratory Services in a Cost-Containment Environment

  • Raymond D. Aller
    Department of Pathology, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, P.O. Box 689, Santa Barbara, California 93102
    Assistant Clinical Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Southern California School of Medicine, Los Angeles, California

    Pathologist, Department of Pathology, Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital, Santa Barbara, California
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      Cutting costs while maintaining quality requires a very complete understanding of laboratory medicine and laboratory management. The pathologist must take the lead in maximizing the usefulness of laboratory information, while minimizing costs of labor, reagents, send-outs, equipment, maintenance, space, and overhead. Consideration is given to evaluation of alternative labortatory arrangements, streamlining of quality control, and monitoring and optimizing laboratory utilization, in cooperation with the clinician.
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