Insurance Companies and Healthcare Providers Are Investing Millions in Social Determinants of Health Programs

Clinical laboratories could offer services that complement SDH programs and help physicians find chronic disease patients who are undiagnosed Insurance companies and healthcare providers increasingly consider social determinants of health (SDH) when devising strategies to improve the health of their customers and affect positive outcomes to medical encounters. Housing, transportation, access to food, and social support are quickly becoming part of the SDH approach to value-based care and...

Studies Reveal Workers in HDHPs Pay Significantly Higher Annual Healthcare Costs than Employers and May Utilize Fewer Clinical Laboratory Tests

Consumers respond to high-deductible plans by using less healthcare services, which in turn leads to a decrease in doctor visits and clinical laboratory test orders Are many Americans avoiding medical treatment because of the high-cost of their health plan deductibles? And if so, will such an underutilization of healthcare affect hospitals, independent medical practices such as pathology groups, and clinical laboratories? Two separate studies: one a survey co-conducted by the Kaiser Family...

Hospitals Report Growing Levels of Bad Debt as Many Patients with High-Deductible Plans Are Unable to Pay Their Medical Bills

Pathology groups and clinical laboratories should be taking steps to collect from patients at the point of care, as a key strategy to minimize patient bad debt Here’s some bad news for hospital Chief Financial Officers (CFOs) and an early warning for clinical laboratory administrators. A rising number of patients with high deductible health plans (HDHPs) are unable to pay their medical bills. Enrollment in HDHPs has soared in recent years because more employers and health insurers have adopted...
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