Patient’s $25,865 Bill for Throat Culture and Blood Tests Puts Spotlight on Hidden Costs of Clinical Laboratory Tests

As CMS price transparency rules go into effect, and demand grows for publishing provider charges, consumers are becoming aware of how widely healthcare prices can vary With the COVID-19 Coronavirus pandemic saturating the news, it is easy to forget that clinical laboratories regularly conduct medical tests for influenza, the common cold, and other illnesses, most of which are affordable and covered by health insurance. So, how did a common throat culture and blood draw result in a $25,865...

Kaiser Family Foundation Survey Finds Hospitals in West Coast States Incur Highest Daily Expenses when Providing Inpatient Care

US hospitals typically spend $2,424/day to provide inpatient care, according to the KFF report  How much does the average hospital spend/day to provide inpatient care? The numbers vary widely, but the latest statistics from Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) State Health Facts show West Coast states incur the highest daily operating and non-operating inpatient costs. This disparity in spending is unlikely to surprise medical laboratory executives working in hospital settings. They know...

Researchers’ Inability to Reproduce Results from Previous Cancer Studies Could Increase Pressure on Clinical Laboratories and Diagnostic Technology Developers

Pathologists in medical laboratories creating laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) should be aware that some in the scientific community want more transparency about technology and methods Developers of clinical laboratory tests and medical diagnostic technologies might soon be feeling the pressure to increase their push for transparency and standards that ultimately would make replication easier. That’s thanks to a review project’s inability to reproduce results from three of five high-profile...

Gap Insurance Trend Protects Employees from Crippling Out-of-Pocket Costs and Offers Clinical Laboratories New Method to Receive Payments

Medical laboratory and pathology groups could benefit from trend by receiving payments for testing services from secondary payer rather than directly from patient As high-deductible health plans (HDHPs) become the norm for more Americans, gap insurance is being touted as an innovative way to protect consumers from crippling healthcare costs. This added insurance protection is proving attractive to a growing number of patients with HDHPs. Use of gap plans by more patients also could benefit...

Innovative California NPR Project Takes on Healthcare Pricing Transparency

NPR stations in San Francisco and Los Angeles crowdsourced healthcare cost data from listeners to reveal arbitrary pricing of medical services Over the past two years, Dark Daily has published a number of stories dealing with price transparency, or lack of it, most of which involved government agencies or nonprofits concerned about the high cost of healthcare services. This latest effort to shine a light on healthcare pricing, however, comes from National Public Radio (NPR). San Francisco’s...
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