Changes in Healthcare Costs During the Obama Administration: Government Spending

A look at the numbers resulting from healthcare reform and the Affordable Care Act across the eight years of the Obama Administration Over the eight years of the Obama administration, there has been significant and unprecedented legislation intended to address the well-known problems with health insurance and high healthcare costs in this country. There has also been plenty of bluster, criticism, and commentary about the consequences of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which became law in 2010....

Anthem and Aurora Healthcare Create Joint Venture; Trends for Health Systems Entering Insurance Markets Continue to Grow

As health systems accept increased risk under healthcare reform, partnerships and provider insurance plans may also lead to greater rewards for hospitals and doctors Even as pathologists, clinical laboratories, and other medical service providers adapt to value-based care initiatives and bundled payment plans, health systems are looking for ways to optimize both quality of care and treatment costs. In some cases this is the reason behind new joint ventures between provider and payer...

Paper Microfluidic Devices Offer New Potential for Affordable Point-of-Care Tests for Use in Developing Countries That Have Few Clinical Laboratories

Paper-based devices could perform complex, multistep diagnostic tests at a fraction of the cost of traditional medical laboratory analysis Many research teams are racing to create paper-based devices for medical laboratory tests. Their primary goal is develop a cheap, fast, reliable way to perform diagnostic testing in third world settings, where modern clinical laboratories are few and far between. One development team is working to combine lab-on-a-chip technologies with the low cost of...

Creating Added Value from Clinical Pathology Laboratory Testing Produced Improved Outcomes at University of Mississippi Medical Center and Broward Health

Innovative medical laboratories shared their successes in improving lab test utilization that included physician engagement and close monitoring of key metrics DATELINE: ORLANDO, FLORIDA—One big challenge facing medical laboratories  and anatomic pathology groups in the United States today is the need to transition from a transaction-based business model (increasing specimen volume leads to increasing revenue) to a value-based business model (helping providers improve their use of clinical...

More Workplace Tension in Hospitals and Clinics as Three Generations of Physicians—Baby Boomer, Gen X, and Gen Y—Try to Get Along

Growth in the number of employed physicians is contributing to heightened workplace tensions due to the cultural differences among the three generations now working together What happens when Gen Y, Gen X, and Baby Boomer physicians are employees in the same hospital, clinic, or medical laboratory? There can be a clash of expectations, values, and goals that may cause tension in the workplace. This happens when physicians, including pathologists, from different generations and different levels...