Decline in Imaging Utilization Could Be Linked to Changes in Policies and Funding for Diagnostics; Could Something Similar Happen with Anatomic Pathology?

New study analyzes the dramatic decline in the utilization of imaging diagnostics between 2008 and 2014 and suggests that reductions in imaging use could be the result of changes in federal policy, increased deductibles, and cost-cutting focuses Anatomic pathologists have experienced sustained cuts to reimbursements for both technical component and professional component services during the past eight to 10 years. But what has not happened to pathology is a 33% decline in the volume of...

Studies Show Utilization Management Systems Help Clinical Laboratories Remove Physician Uncertainty Over Availability of Diagnostic Tests and How to Properly Interpret Results

Researchers note medical laboratories uniquely qualified to help doctors optimize lab test utilization, and to educate physicians on testing trends and improvements Automation and informatics have revolutionized the modern medical laboratory. These same technologies also are powering the next generation of healthcare through precision medicine, genomics, and an increased ability to assess and leverage population health trends. In fact, exciting work is being done to use these technologies to...

Compressive Sensing Could Dramatically Reduce Time to Process Complex Clinical Laboratory Tests Involving Huge Amounts of Data and Lower the Cost of Tests

Experts believe compressive sensing could find wide application in medical laboratory and pathology testing, particularly where large amounts of data are generated Pathologists and medical laboratory managers may soon be working with a new tool in their labs. It is called “Compressive Sensing” (CS) and it is an innovative mathematical approach that quickly and efficiently gets an answer by sampling large volumes of a data. Currently compressive sensing is used in medical imaging technology. CS...

Hospitals Generally Charge Self-pay Patients Top Price for Care, but Some Providers Now Offer Deep Discounts for Patients Who Pay with Cash

Clinical laboratories and pathology groups may want to review the prices they charge insured patients versus uninsured patients There is a certain irony in the fact that hospitals and other medical providers typically charge patients without health insurance as much as three times what they charge Medicare or an insured patient. This situation is getting increased media scrutiny, which is one reason why clinical laboratories and pathology groups may want to review their own policies for...

American Medical Association and PBS Both Join Pathology Profession in Publicizing Why Declining Autopsy Rates May Hurt Quality of Healthcare

Pathologists point out that autopsies consistently reveal doctors make a high rate of diagnostic errors—even with increasingly sophisticated imaging equipment Pathologists and public health officials say the downward trend in autopsy rates is having far-reaching consequences for healthcare in the United States. The decline in the number of autopsies performed annually comes in spite of extensive literature documenting multiple benefits of the autopsy procedure. No less an authority than the...
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