Retail Clinics Are Poised to Offer More Health Services, Participate in ACOS, and Offer Expanded Menu of Clinical Pathology Laboratory Tests

News stories are reporting that Walgreens is participating in ACOs now forming in New Jersey, Florida, and Texas Retail clinics are positioning themselves to play a major role in the delivery of basic primary care services. Consumer and payer acceptance of the “convenience care” model has brought the concept to a tipping point in its potential to shift the way that some basic primary care—and medical laboratory testing—services are delivered. Dark Daily has long predicted that retail clinics...

University of Michigan Study Predicts that Majority of Physician Practices Will Lose Money on their EHR Systems

Research study shows opportunity for clinical laboratories to help client physicians get more value from their electronic health record systems For the majority of physicians in the United States, implementation of an electronic health record (EHRs) system in their practice may turn out to be a money-losing proposition. That is one prediction made by researchers at the University of Michigan (UM), based on a study they conducted. Among other things, these findings indicate that progressive...

Graduating Physicians Opt for Jobs in Hospital-Owned Practices over Private Practices

Trend could prove unfavorable to independent clinical laboratory companies More physicians now join hospital-owned practices than any other type of practice. That’s one conclusion reported in a survey conducted by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA). This is a trend that may have negative implications for independent clinical laboratory companies and pathology groups that provide medical laboratory testing to office-based physicians. In the MGMA survey, higher compensation packages...
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