Public Health Laboratories and Health System Change . Establish a Testing Network in Collaboration with Other Vendors


Another approach that PHLs might try is to develop joint contracting arrangements with other laboratory services vendors to create full service and full population coverage that is attractive to MCO clients. By formalizing its position in a local or regional network, leveraging its core functions, and partnering with other players to create "soup-to-nuts" laboratory services, a PHL can preserve and possibly grow its value proposition in the market. The UNILAB example in Alameda County does not appear to be living up to its initial promise, but most believe that this fundamental concept is logical and could prove successful with more effective implementation.