Tag: cost of laboratory tests

Medicare OPPS Rule Has Pitfalls for Labs

CEO SUMMARY: On January 1, the new Medicare rule for requiring bundled or packaged reimbursement for certain services covered by the hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) became effective. Just four days earlier (on December 27), Medicare officials issued instructions on how hospitals and laboratories should bill for these services. The new rules trigger serious

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CDC Surveys Docs’ Use of Laboratory Test Results

CEO SUMMARY: There’s a treasure trove of information and insights about how physicians use clinical laboratory tests contained in survey data recently collected by a team from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Designed to identify challenges in how physicians utilize laboratory tests, the survey findings offer a road map about how innovative clinical

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Point-of-Care Kiosk Improves Outcomes In Emergency Department

CEO SUMMARY: Steadily increasing numbers of patients at Massachusetts General Hospital exceeded the capacity of its emergency department. Challenged to help with the situation, lab administrators created a point-of-care testing kiosk within the emergency department (ED). This unique lab project proved to be a home run. Length of stay in the ED was reduced and

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