Tag: cost of lab

10% PAMA Fee Cut Would Lower Medicare Pay to Laboratories by $400 Million

CEO SUMMARY: Just eight weeks remain before certain clinical laboratories must begin submitting private payer lab test price data to the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. A new report by the Office of the Inspector General makes it possible to estimate how CMS may implement fee cuts in 2018. THE DARK REPORT’s calculations show that a 10%

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Can Clinical Laboratories Adjust To ‘New’ Healthcare System?

CEO SUMMARY: Month by month, there is increased clarity in the path the American healthcare system will follow as hospitals, health systems, and physicians integrate clinical care, manage populations, and practice personalized and precision medicine. While these changes play out, clinical labs and pathology groups will need to align their diagnostic services to meet the

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Why Lab Prices Declined 32% During 3-Year Study

CEO SUMMARY: Researchers studied the effect reference pricing had on an employer’s efforts to steer consumers to low-cost clinical labs. The study showed that patients were particularly sensitive to lab test prices—in part because those prices varied widely. Over the course of the study, a grocery chain saved $2.7 million when the percentage of patients using higher-priced labs

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Alert to All Labs: Beware Of ‘Reference Pricing’

CEO SUMMARY: “Reference pricing” does not refer to how a lab negotiates prices with its reference lab! Rather, reference pricing describes a specific approach to health plan benefits that incentivizes the consumer to choose lower-cost providers while allowing that consumer to still use a higher-priced provider, so long as that consumer pays the additional costs

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Ohio State University Medical Center Inks Pact To Adopt Digital Pathology

CEO SUMMARY: For years, the adoption of digital pathology has lagged behind the predictions of its advocates. That has encouraged one digital pathology company—Inspirata, Inc., of Tampa—to come up with a different business strategy designed to help anatomic pathology labs address the barriers and capital costs involved with establishing a digital pathology system. The Ohio

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Newsmaker Interview: Matthew Hawkins

CEO SUMMARY: By now, most pathologists and clinical laboratory administrators recognize that effective use of information technology will be a critical success factor as healthcare systems transform to do population health management and to use “big data” with value-based payment models. As the provider of laboratory information systems to hundreds of the nation’s major hospitals,

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Detroit Hospital Develops 10 Ways To Add More Value

Cost Avoidance Example

CEO SUMMARY: Clinical labs are beginning to make the transition from a volume-based financial model to a model based on value-based payments. To survive this transition, labs must find ways to create value. The lab at Henry Ford Health System has identified 10 ways that it can contribute more value to physicians and its parent health system. One way is to help eliminate needless tests and processes. Other initiatives involve improving supplier processes, helping to reduce patient length of stay, creating a lab test formulary, and demonstrating the financial efficacy of all lab interventio

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Pathologists Exploring Use of Diagnostic Teams

CEO SUMMARY: In the search for ways to add more value to lab testing services, pathologists and lab administrators are considering organizing diagnostic management teams within their hospitals. Such teams focus on complex cases and include both diagnosticians and pathologists. In his pioneering work to develop the diagnostic management team concept, pathologist Michael Laposata, M.D., Ph.D., spoke recently about how such teams improve patient outcomes while reducing the cost of care.

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