North Carolina Providers Slow State Effort to Impose Reference Pricing They Claim Could Remove Hundreds of Doctors and Medical Service Providers from the State’s Healthcare Network

North Carolina turned to reference pricing to reduce employee health costs, but hospitals in the Tarheel State fought back Efforts by North Carolina’s State Health Plan to adopt reference pricing for its state employees have largely failed, due to united opposition to the reimbursement model by the state’s hospitals, Modern Healthcare reported. Clinical laboratory leaders are aware that reference pricing is a tool employers and health insurer can use to reduce the wide variation different...

Are Recent Predictions Regarding the Future of Healthcare Positive or Negative for Clinical Laboratories?

Medical laboratories that develop appropriate clinical strategies may find opportunities to leverage several new technologies expected to have a big impact on providers Industry experts often speculate how developing technologies will impact healthcare. However, clinical laboratory leaders may be surprised by how much blockchain, medical malls, and Uber Health are expected to alter healthcare delivery in the next decade. An article in FierceHealthcare states that “Healthcare is on the cusp of...

Study Finds Occupying Hospital Bed Previously Used by Patient Receiving Antibiotics Increases Odds of Developing C. diff Infection

Latest research provides new opportunities for clinical laboratories to demonstrate how testing can help curb hospital-acquired infections Pathologists, microbiologists, and other healthcare providers have long been aware that hospital patients taking antibiotics are at higher risk of contracting the potentially deadly Clostridium difficile infection (C. diff). But new research adds an interesting twist to this issue. Recent research indicates that being a “second user” of a bed may be another...

Hospitals with Lowest 30-Day Readmission Rates Succeed at Reducing Rates by Improving Care Coordination and Monitoring of Patients After Discharge

Recent studies indicate that high readmission rates often may be due to patient demographics, giving clinical laboratories an opportunity to use lab test results in ways that minimize the need for specific patients to be readmitted Medicare’s efforts to reduce hospital readmission rates have left most hospitals facing reductions in Medicare payments. However, a recent ranking of hospitals by the Modern Healthcare Data Center indicates that influences other than inferior care—such as patient...

Higher Deductibles and Co-Insurance Costs Squeezing Healthcare Consumers’ Wallets; A Reasons for Clinical Labs to Make Lab Test Prices Easy to See

Two new studies show patients are being increasingly burdened with a greater share of healthcare costs, which requires providers, including medical labs, to collect more money from patients at time of service Although wage increases remain stagnant, consumers now pay a steadily increasing share of their healthcare costs. That’s because of rising deductibles, co-insurance, and other out-of-pocket costs. Not only will this cost-sharing trend continue to stretch patients’ budgets, it also will...
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