THERE HAS BEEN EXPLOSIVE GROWTH IN THE NUMBER OF PATIENTS enrolled in high- deductible health plans. Currently, more than 20 million people have HDHPs. This is one reason why many labs are experiencing high levels of patient bad debt never before seen by the lab industry during the past three decades.
Issue: Volume XXII No. 11 - August 3, 2015
CEO SUMMARY: In California, a gene testing firm is increasing satisfaction among patients and physicians with a tool that provides patients with an estimate of the anticipated cost—before the physician orders a test! By providing transparency about the cost of tests upfront, Counsyl of South San Francisco increased revenue collected from patients by 63%, while also improving its customer satisfaction scores. This innovative online cost estimator tool is an example of how labs can deliver services that complement their lab tests and help them move “from volume to value.”
CEO SUMMARY: It continues to be tough going in Florida for UnitedHealthcare and its contractor, BeaconLBS. Efforts to implement the UHC laboratory benefit management program face stiff resistance from some physicians and a number of state medical associations. One primary care group in Vero Beach says payments for its clinical lab test claims have been inconsistent since April 1 because it refuses to use UnitedHealthcare’s Beacon Laboratory Benefit Solutions pro- gram when ordering tests for UHC’s commercial patients.
CEO SUMMARY: There’s a new competitor in the digital pathology marketplace with ambitious plans to deliver a fully-integrated pathologist workflow solution. Inspirata, Inc., of Tampa, Florida, made its debut in March at an international pathology conference. In this exclusive interview, Inspirata Chairman and CEO Satish K. Sanan explains his company’s strategic vision for digital pathology, along with the details of how Inspirata intends to overcome digital pathology’s return-on-investment challenge.
CEO SUMMARY: For clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups willing to adapt to the evolving needs of the American healthcare system, there are many positive opportunities. That’s the view of a Wall Street investment bank that just published a report on the lab testing sector. The report on healthcare trends includes commentary about developments in cancer care, acceptance of personalized medicine, and the growing activity in direct-to-consumer lab testing.
Cerner Corporation is celebrating a big sum- mer of contract awards from the Department of Defense. First up was a project to support further standardization of anatomic pathology within the laboratories operated worldwide by the DoD.