Illustration of the health system as a decision tree

June 9, 2022

With staff shortages, regulatory challenges, and the ongoing decline in reimbursements, hospital laboratories are increasingly under scrutiny from health system executives, who may wonder if labs should continue to be part of their core business.

Despite strong evidence supporting the value of clinical laboratory work—underscored by the COVID-19 pandemic—some labs have been sold or are at risk of being sold and replaced by outside commercial service providers.

As a part of the 2022 American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) KnowledgeLab, ARUP Healthcare Advisory Services experts will lead an interactive roundtable event that will examine the issues, debunk myths, and provide advice for building and maintaining hospital labs’ robust role in the delivery of patient care. The KnowledgeLab event is set for June 12 and 13 in Boston.

Sandy Richman, MBA, C(ASCP), director of ARUP Healthcare Advisory Services, will lead the discussion with assistance from David Shiembob, MBA, C(ASCP)CM, supervisor, ARUP Healthcare Advisory Services, and Brian Jackson, MD, MS, medical director of Support Services, IT, and Business Development. The one-hour roundtable will be held on Monday, June 12.

As part of the presentation, each “roundtable” of attendees will be presented with a challenging laboratory scenario or issue to work through.

“At the end of the session, someone from each group will share the solution or strategy they’ve developed to solve the problem,” Richman said. “The idea is to get them engaged and working collaboratively, not just listening to a lecture.”

ASCP was founded in St. Louis, Missouri, by a group of 40 physicians and is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2022. A professional organization with a membership of 130,000 anatomic and clinical pathologists, medical laboratory professionals, residents, and students, ASCP aims to deliver excellence in education, certification, and advocacy on behalf of pathologists, laboratory professionals, and patients.


Jennifer Dobner,