ECRI Publishes List of Top Ten Opportunities for Hospitals to Cut Costs

Clinical laboratories can play a role in two of these ten cost-cutting opportunities

Everyone in healthcare expects significant across-the-board cuts to reimbursement as healthcare reform moves forward. High profile targets for cost-cutting are imaging technologies and physician preference items (PPIs), which include expensive supplies and implant products, including stents, wires, pacemakers, and knee/hip replacement prosthetics.

Hospitals and health systems, in recognition of this major shift in national health policy, are scrambling to stay ahead of these economic and regulatory pressures. It is causing them to closely scrutinize operational costs and implement cost-cutting measures.