MU Health Care, Mayo Clinic partner, could save $1 million a year

2 years 11 months 4 days ago Tuesday, June 23 2015 Jun 23, 2015 Tuesday, June 23, 2015 12:52:18 PM CDT June 23, 2015 in News
By: James Packard, KOMU 8 Digital Producer

COLUMBIA - University of Missouri Health Care said Tuesday it commissioned a partnership with Mayo Clinic to speed up test results and save nearly $1 million annually. 

MU Health Care said the agreement would allow it to use Mayo Medical Laboratories as its primary reference lab for advanced testing. The health care network said it would obtain access to Mayo Clinic's menu of more than 4,000 laboratory tests in every sub-specialty of medicine. Additionally, the partnership would allow MU Health Care practitioners to speak directly with Mayo physicians and scientist about patient test orders and results. 

Dr. William Miller, director of clinical laboratories and transfusion medicine for MU Health Care, said, "Our highly skilled laboratory staff members perform more than one million lab tests each year, and this new relationship will further enhance their expertise and benefits to our patients."

Miller said the partnership pertains only to specialized tests that were already outsourced to laboratories outside MU Health Care. "Of the approximate 3,000 different medical tests that we offer at MU Health Care, the health system previously outsourced certain proprietary or specialized tests to about 50 different laboratories. By consolidating services with Mayo Clinic, we will be saving time and money," he said.

Mayo Medical Laboratories is a reference laboratory that provides testing and pathology services to 5,000 health care organizations around the world.

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