Pathology Lab Solutions
Your Partner in Establishing a Pathology Laboratory
Lighthouse’s Pathology Lab Solutions team helps physician and pathology practices establish in-office laboratories by advising on the entire laboratory design, set-up, and ongoing compliance processes.
Pathology Lab Services
We design compliant, efficient, and ergonomic in-house pathology labs. We work within your space and budget to design a lab that will contain all the necessary equipment, services, and fixtures to make your lab both profitable and compliant with Federal, State, and Local regulations.
Lighthouse’s laboratory set-up services cover everything from planning, budgeting, and construction to equipment placement, staffing, and credentialing. Since we are not an equipment company, we work with you to choose equipment and supplies to meet your unique needs.
Lab Design Services
Pathology Lab Solutions
When designing a lab, we take into consideration the type of tests your lab will perform. We also consider the volume of test specimens expected and any potential for future growth.
Lab Set-Up Services
Pathology Lab Solutions
Because we are not a lab equipment company, we aim to find you the best quality equipment and supplies to ensure a smooth operation.
As a part of our full-service lab set-up, we assist with the arduous task of recruiting. The Lighthouse team helps staff lab/histology personnel, pathologists, and lab directors throughout the country. We are available to assist with anything from placing ads, conducting phone, and/or in-person interviews; to conducting resume screenings, writing job descriptions, and/or completing competency evaluations.
Our staff stays up-to-date with the latest training and compliance standards. As a result, we are able to offer job-specific training, OSHA training, equipment training, and/or training for a particular niche test.
Keeping you current with the latest changes in laboratory regulations, our Pathology Lab Solutions team’s setup provides customized lab procedure manuals. Additionally, we provide safety and QI/QA manuals needed for regulatory compliance.
Complying with Federal, State, and Local lab regulations is crucial. We assist you in gaining your CLIA certificate of compliance or certificate of accreditation for your lab.
LIS Software Solutions
We pride ourselves on offering clients our Beacon LIS – a software solution with a thoughtful user interface with effortless page navigation, data import options, and module customization. Beacon LIS is a robust and scalable cloud-based Laboratory Information System for laboratories of all sizes.
Lab Management Services
Pathology Lab Solutions
Starting from scratch?
Are you looking to build a lab? Give us a call and we will schedule an appointment for a site visit. No charge, and at the very least you will learn a great deal about the process and our lab management packages.
Already have a laboratory? Here are our most common services:
- Purchase of additional equipment
- Assistance with laboratory supply vendors and pricing analysis
- Relocation of your laboratory
- Hiring laboratory/histology personnel
- Provide comprehensive billing audits and reviews
- Payer contracting, credentialing, and negotiation services for all provider types
- Evaluations of your staff and competencies
- Compliant waste solutions
- Preparation for laboratory inspections
- Quarterly laboratory check-ups
- On-going laboratory management
What Sets Us Apart
We aim for the perfect balance in our approach to the Physician Office Pathology Laboratory, by coupling patient-focused, high-quality workplace practices with efficient techniques.
The Pathology Lab Solutions team works beside you, guiding your practice every step of the way as you establish your in-house lab. Our professional services and equipment offerings are tailored to your practice and budget, while providing an opportunity for growth.
Lighthouse Lab Services has a history of delivering results that can be counted on.
See below a few examples of the labs that we have built.
Lighthouse’s Pathology Lab Solutions department helps physician practices establish in-office laboratories by advising on the entire laboratory design, set-up, and ongoing compliance processes.
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What Does It Cost to Start an In-House Pathology Laboratory?
In total, most physician office labs will cost about $350,000-$550,000, made up primarily of the cost of construction, lab equipment, and consulting fees.
While that may sound like a significant upfront expense for small- and mid-sized practices, the return on investment (ROI) for building an in-house pathology lab is typically realized relatively quickly. And with an estimated build time of six months, most practices can recoup their costs while enhancing patient care within a reasonable timeframe.
Learn more in this article: What Does It Cost to Start an In-House Pathology Lab?
Why Would We Consider Starting an In-House Pathology Lab, or Physician Office Laboratory (POL)?
Starting an in-house pathology lab, or physician office laboratory (POL), provides a number of benefits for both physicians and patients. A POL is a lab that operates within a physician’s office or clinic and offers diagnostic testing and pathology services to patients.
By having a pathology lab on-site, physicians can quickly and easily obtain test results, which can help inform their diagnoses and treatment decisions. Additionally, owning and operating a POL within your practice allows you to keep revenue lost when shipping samples out to reference laboratories, which in turn increases the value of your practice as a whole.
How Long Does it Take to Build an In-House Pathology Lab?
We plan on 6 months, but it can be less. There are two external factors that can significantly affect the timeline, either expediting or delaying the laboratory buildout project: State licensing and construction.
Our experience in both areas helps get your lab running faster.
Do We Have Enough Space for The Laboratory?
This is one of the first questions that needs to be answered and is dependent on several factors.
SHAPE: The shape of the lab space influences the design. Typically, a rectangular room with 350+ sq ft works well.
LOCATION WITHIN BUILDING: Due to the relatively large quantities of hazardous/flammable chemicals required by the lab, the first or second floor of a building is ideal. Other floors require more planning.
VENTILATION: It is critical that the ventilation plan be designed specifically for the space and use.
ELECTRICAL: Adequate electrical amperage must be available.
FIRE SAFETY MEASURES: The lab may require fire rating and sprinklers.
PLUMBING: Access to plumbing is necessary.
Our team will help you design a compliant space that meets all building codes, plus the needs of the lab.
Do We Need a Consultant to Open a Pathology Lab?
Hiring a consultant has the potential to save you money by avoiding many of the common delays labs run into when they are built without expert advice.
When you hire Lighthouse Lab Services as your consultant, you get the expertise and experience of laboratory professionals whose careers have been built designing, opening, and operating pathology labs.
Should We Buy New or Used Laboratory Equipment?
The Pathology Lab Solutions team at Lighthouse selects equipment based on each individual lab’s needs.
When helping a lab make equipment selections, we consider specimen volume as well as whether traditional or microwave processing is best for the lab. We look to minimize potential downtime without requiring redundancy.
Can We Find The Necessary Staff?
Yes! We’ve never had a problem and we’ve worked in some locations where you might think finding qualified staff and histology technicians would be difficult.
In fact, our long history as the nation’s leading laboratory recruiting firm has helped Lighthouse Lab Services develop a database with 190,000+ clinical lab professionals, giving us unparalleled access to candidates.
Lighthouse Lab Services helps you hire qualified staff who can provide quality pathology services. We will:
- Do your hiring
- Train you to hire for future needs
- Assist with onboarding and HR
- Provide a money-saving strategy to hire lab assistants for some tasks
- Train your Histotech to be the Lab Manager
Will The Odors From The Lab Impact My Patients?
We work with your HVAC contractor to develop a system to meet OSHA regulations and the comfort of your patients and staff.
"Thanks to Pathology Lab Solutions team for all your efforts in helping to create the lab. We have all greatly benefited from your expertise and your overall support has been very helpful."
Dennis O’Neill, Pathologist, Eastern Connecticut Health Network
"Based on my experience with PLS I would recommend their services, because they have a strong commitment to excellence in all they do. The entire team at PLS is professional, helpful, and efficient. In addition to these things, PLS has been inventive in responding to the unique needs of our lab. My overall experience with the Pathology Lab Solutions team has been positive."
Christie Youngs, Lab Assistant, Digestive Disease Medicine of CNY’
"Lighthouse Lab Services has helped us set up our physician office lab for urine toxicology. They are very professional and organized. I would highly recommend their services."
"Pathology Lab Solutions described in 5 words: High Quality, Professional, Responsive, Competent, Trusted Partner."
Andrea Dietz, Administrator, Urology of Central PA, Inc.
"This is truly a lab that the Cl group can be proud to call their own. It allows plenty of room for expansion as business continues to grow. Thanks to Rod Close for doing such a great job."
Robert H. Tessier, Senior Reimbursement Consultant, HBP Services, Inc.
"We hired a MLT and Lab Director thanks to Lighthouse and everything has been smooth sailing. They are both knowledgeable, thorough, professional and have helped our practice tremendously. Thank you again Lighthouse for matching us perfectly."
"It’s my pleasure working with Lighthouse on recruiting our Lab Director. [Candidates]…spoke highly of your company. They trust the quality service and the transparency your team has provided them. We can certainly understand why we feel the same way about your knowledge in the lab field and Lighthouse Lab Services putting the clients’ interest at heart."
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