Tag: laboratory test utilization

Cleveland Clinic Lab Has Multi-year Test Utilization Success

CEO SUMMARY: Over the 24 months of a first-generation round of laboratory test utilization management projects, the Cleveland Clinic laboratories prevented more than 30,000 duplicate or inappropriate test orders, saving almost $2.7 million. Now implementing a second-generation of labtest utilization projects, the lab’s seven-year effort has prevented 160,072 tests and saved more than $5 million.

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Lab Test Utilization Delivers Big Gains at Cleveland Clinic

CEO SUMMARY: Since the launch of a laboratory test utilization program in 2011 at the Cleveland Clinic, more than 35,000 duplicate or inappropriate test orders have been stopped. The test utilization team introduced five initiatives that are not designed to cut spending but to introduce evidence-based and consensus-driven methods to lab-test ordering. Another benefit is that needless blood draws are being eliminated, thus improving patient care and satisfaction.

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Increasing Costs for Genetic Tests Are Busting Lab Budgets

CEO SUMMARY: Across the nation, hospital administrators are recogniz- ing that effective lab test utilization is a critical factor in a lab’s success. At Seattle Children’s Hospital, clinical pathologists, clinical chemists, and labora- tory genetic counselors are using an innovative utilization management pro- gram to ensure the appropriate use of genetic and molecular tests. They also formed Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Services. In two years, PLUGS has gained 32 members, including seven hospital labs serving adults. Interest in utilization management is driven by a desire to decrease test order- ing errors and to control the cost of send-out tests.

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Doctors at Johns Hopkins Improve Lab Test Utilization

CEO SUMMARY: Efforts to help physicians improve their utilization of clinical lab tests paid big dividends at the Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore, Maryland. Working collaboratively, physicians and the clinical lab team identified overused or needless cardiac biomarker tests, then designed interventions to improve how physicians used these tests. The result was a

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Pre-authorization Coming For Pricey Molecular Tests

CEO SUMMARY: In response to the steep ramp-up in the utilization of genetic and molecular testing, the nation’s largest health insurers are preparing to institute new guidelines for coverage and reimbursement. These will include pre-authorization by physicians, a more effective genetic test coding arrangement for claims submission by laboratories, and implementation of evidence-based medicine (EBM)

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Hospital Lab Evolves Into A Consultative Resource

CEO SUMMARY: Every laboratory recognizes it has the knowledge and expertise to become more of a consultative resource to its referring physicians. At 248-bed J.T. Mather Hospital in Port Jefferson, New York, the laboratory director took advantage of administration’s interest in improving laboratory test utilization by creating an enriched program of education and collaboration. The

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RFID, Georgetown University Hospital, HIV Screening Studies, MDS, Duke, HCA, Cigna

PFIZER AND GLAXO-SK TO USE RFID TAGS IN 2005, RFID TEST IN BLOOD BANK
RADIO FREQUENCY IDENTIFICATION (RFID) is making swift progress in a variety of healthcare applications.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants to secure the nation’s drug supply through widespread use of RFID tags by 2007. To counter drug counterfeiting, some pharmaceutical companies are

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Nine Key Trends Are Shaping Nation’s Healthcare Informatics

CEO SUMMARY: During the 1990s, hospital spending on information technology was devoted primarily to acquiring upgraded versions of software systems for clinical services such as laboratory, pharmacy, and radiology. That’s no longer true. As the following nine key trends in healthcare informatics demonstrate, hospitals, physicians, and other types of healthcare providers are moving aggressively to

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