Tag: laboratory test costs

Physician Group ACO Targets High-Volume Tests for Savings

HERE’S AN EXAMPLE OF HOW an accountable care organization views cost control.  Atrius Health sought to control excess costs by focusing on high-priced items. It started with inappropriate hospitalizations and imaging studies and moved on to laboratory testing.

Atrius Health is a non-profit alliance of six community-based medical groups and a home health and hospice agency. Its

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Healthcare Premiums Climb At Double-Digit Rate for 2004

EXPECTATIONS that health insurance premiums will increase by an average of 12% to 15% for 2004 have captured plenty of media attention recently.

Employers and health insurers are currently negotiating premiums for 2004. There is consensus among healthcare experts that 2004 will be the fourth consecutive year of double-digit increases in healthcare costs.

For the laboratory industry,

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