As Medical Laboratory Test Utilization Grows, Health Insurers Develop Programs to Manage Rising Costs

After seeing a rise in the volume of clinical lab tests physicians order, managed care plans are develop a variety of strategies to manage utilization and costs Health insurers are taking more aggressive actions to control the cost of clinical laboratory testing. For many years, clinical laboratories and pathology groups have been concerned about the strategies used by Medicare to control the utilization and costs of medical laboratory tests. Private health insurers usually follow the actions...

Physicians and Pathologists at Atrius Health Collaborate to Reduce Unnecessary Clinical Laboratory Test Orders and End Up Saving $1 Million Annually

In Massachusetts, a 1,000-physician group gets 70% of revenue from capitated payments, motivating the physicians to reduce unnecessary utilization of medical laboratory tests Accumulating market evidence indicates that unnecessary utilization of medical laboratory tests—a problem bemoaned by pathologists for decades—may finally be addressed by an unlikely source: ordering physicians! Such a trend would have both positive and negative consequences for clinical laboratories throughout the United...

50 Years of Service in Clinical Laboratories Celebrating the Careers of Two Medical Technologists

In Connecticut and California, there are two medical technologists who have each put in 50 years on the job in their respective hospital laboratories On opposite coasts of the United States, two medical technologists (MT) were each recognized by local newspapers for more than 50 years of service in clinical laboratories in their respective communities! As members of what is often called the “Greatest Generation”, these two long-serving med techs have much to teach the three younger generations...

Vaginitis Diagnosis:
An Opportunity to Improve Patient Care

This white paper has expired. Contact us for more information at info@darkreport.com Published statistics indicate that, each year, there are more than 10 million visits to ob-gyn and primary care physicians because of vaginitis.  Since this health condition could be caused by a number of different infectious agents, physicians—and their clinical laboratories—must often perform multiple diagnostic tests.  That takes time, often doesn’t deliver a definitive diagnosis if the right infectious...

Molecular Diagnostics for Community Hospital Labs: Hitting Clinical and Financial Home Runs in Infectious Disease and Oncology Testing

How the implementation of molecular diagnostics can have a positive impact on patient care and financial growth YOUR PRESENTERS: Frederick L. Kiechle, MD, PhD, Medical Director, Clinical Pathology, Pathology Consultants of South Broward, LLP Kathleen M Murphy, PhD, Director of Clinical Laboratory Operations, ProPath Gregory A. Hosler, MD, PhD, Pathologist, ProPath LISTEN LIVE! AUGUST 25, 2010 at 1 PM EST Molecular diagnostics are transforming the way your lab tests for infectious diseases and...