Text-based Appointment Reminder System Cuts Patient No-Show Rates by One-Third at California’s Largest Physician-Owned Medical Practice

Could clinical laboratories use texting to improving patient compliance with the medical laboratory test orders given to them by their doctors? California’s largest physician-owned medical practice has employed text messaging to reduce patient no-shows. Just as other innovations such as same-day walk-in clinical laboratory testing and patient at-home self-testing made it easier for patients to comply with physicians’ lab test orders, text messaging appears to help get more patients through the...

Many Pathologists Participate in Medicare’s Quality Reporting and e-Prescribing Programs, but 40% of Providers Opt for Penalties over Compliance

Among all medical specialties, pathologists have a high rate of participation in both Medicare reporting programs Many pathologists are aware of Medicare’s Physician Quality Reporting System (PQRS) and Electronic-Prescribing Incentive (e-prescribing) Program. But what is less known is that up to 40% of eligible doctors nationwide are opting to not participate and thus get paid less money from the Medicare program. That high rate of non-participation is not true for one group of practitioners,...

HHS Proposes One-Year Delay for ICD-10 Implementation: Is This Good News for Clinical Pathology Laboratories?

AMA opposition to ICD-10 deadline moves HHS to reconsider, while leaving some transition-ready providers rankled When it comes to implementation of ICD-10 in the United States, the “do it later” crowd seems to have convinced the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) of the need to once again move back the compliance date for ICD-10. On April 9, HHS announced a proposed rule to defer implementation by one year, with a new effective date of October 1, 2014. Clinical laboratories and...

Clinical Laboratories Beware: Many Payers May Not Be Ready for HIPAA 5010 on January 1, 2012

Bigger challenge will be adoption of ICD-10 across entire U.S. healthcare system in 2013 Two disruptive events in the world of coding, billing, and claims reimbursement are about to engage the full attention of clinical laboratories and pathology groups. First is implementation of HIPAA 5010 forms for claims submission by all types of healthcare providers. This is scheduled to occur on January 1, 2012—just seven months away! Second is implementation of ICD-10 codes. Federal law currently...

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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