LigoLab’s News and Notes Blog: Let’s Recognize Two of the Fastest Growing Labs in the Country
November 17, 2023
As we move into the month of April, we at LigoLab would like to take a moment to recognize two client laboratories that rank among the fastest-growing in the country. Let’s take a few minutes to review how they got there and how other laboratories can follow a similar path.
Northwest Laboratory Celebrates the Anniversary of its First Reportable COVID-19 Test
Just over one year ago on March 28, 2020, Northwest Laboratory (NWL) reported its first COVID-19 test result. The laboratory, based out of Bellingham, Washington, has since gone on to surpass 1.6 million COVID-19 tests for patients in 40 states and Canada, providing full-service and a state-of-the-art facility to a wide range of clients while also expanding to nearly 500 employees. The laboratory can handle 25,000 COVID-19 tests per day, all while also providing swift turnaround times of 24-48 hours for patient test results in over 99 percent of the cases.
NWL was the first laboratory to embrace the TestDirectly Direct-to-Consumer Web Portal to aid in the collection, processing, and reporting of COVID-19 tests for all of Florida’s 4,000 long-term care facilities in the early days of the pandemic. After completing the statewide screening mission, the laboratory expanded its COVID-19 coverage to include testing services for more long-term care facilities, plus drive-through and walk-up collection sites, hospitals, schools, universities, and even the Washington State Department of Corrections.
With thousands of COVID-19 samples coming into the laboratory daily, NWL also continues to benefit from LigoLab’s customizable rule engine that largely automates client billing and claims reimbursement through the Health Resources & Services Administration (HRSA) program.
For more details on how it all started and how Northwest Laboratory was able to quickly scale to meet the testing demands of its community and beyond, check out these links:
Northwest Laboratory is a division of Northwest Pathology (NWP), which has been providing a wide range of pathology services for northwest Washington for over 25 years.
Just over six years ago, NWP began a laboratory information system (LIS) partnership with LigoLab, and two-plus years ago it switched from its legacy revenue cycle management (RCM) vendor to LigoLab’s fully integrated LIS & RCM Operating Platform. LigoLab’s all-in-one software solution unites all LIS and RCM workflows onto one powerful software infrastructure that eliminates data silos and enables the billing cycle to begin at order inception.
Just months into this new partnership, NWP was already witnessing sizable gains in efficiency, accuracy, and most importantly, net collections.
To learn how the LigoLab platform leverages integration and automation to reduce denials and audit risk for NWP and NWL, we invite you to watch this LigoLab RCM presentation.
Reditus Laboratories Featured in The Dark Report
Reditus Laboratories (Pekin, Illinois) has also used LigoLab’s fully integrated, comprehensive, and flexible platform to support all of its laboratory and financial operations for two-plus years.
Reditus Laboratories was quickly able to pivot and add molecular testing to its growing histopathology business just as the first wave of the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic was hitting central Illinois. To learn how Dr. Aaron Rossi and his team we’re able to transform and expand the pathology lab into a facility handling 15,000 COVID-19 samples per day, check out this feature story in the March 1 edition of The Dark Report, and this LigoLab case study that was published just days after Reditus surpassed one million COVID-19 tests.
As we write this blog, Reditus Laboratories is just days away from surpassing two million COVID-19 tests as it continues to serve hospitals, long-term care facilities, employers, schools, and government agencies like the Illinois Department of Public Health and the Illinois Department of Corrections.
Reditus Laboratories has also used TestDirectly to support its collection, processing, and reporting of COVID-19 specimens coming from multiple drive-through and mobile testing sites located throughout the state. Back in October, we highlighted Reditus Labs’ partnership with the DuPage County Health Department, one of the many partnerships the lab has established with public health agencies to provide fast and accurate testing services.
Reditus Laboratories also recently achieved CAP accreditation with a perfect score and it was among the first labs in the country to detect the B.1.1.7 COVID-19 variants.
LigoLab: We Help Labs Grow and Thrive
To learn more about LigoLab’s enterprise-grade software solution and how it enables AP, CP, and MDx laboratories to differentiate themselves in the marketplace, scale their operations, and become more profitable, we invite you to schedule your personalized LigoLab software demonstration. Do so by calling (818) 395-4659 or by clicking on this link: Request a Demo.