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...

Increased Number of Corporations Now Offer Employee Wellness Programs, Creating Opportunity to Clinical Laboratories to Provide Needed Lab Tests

Elements of Obamacare specifically support employer programs designed to improve the health of employees Who would have believed that, after passage of the Affordable Care Act back in 2010, a fast-growing trend would be that of employers spending more money to develop employee wellness programs and offer medical clinics within corporate facilities? At a minimum, this development creates new opportunities for clinical laboratories to be direct providers of medical laboratory testing services to...

Clinical Pathology Laboratories Ignore the Rapid Growth of Mobile Apps in Healthcare at Their Peril

Pathology groups and clinical laboratories have opportunity to use mHealth to add value to clinicians Experts predict that healthcare’s use of mobile apps—now being described as mHealth—will evolve into a distinct and primary information channel that will play a significant role in clinical care. This includes how anatomic and clinical pathologists use laboratory medicine to support clinical care. “[M]obile is a technology that winds its way through everything we’re doing and we’re planning to...

Hospital CIOs Pessimistic about Pace of EHR Adoption, as Numbers Show Mixed Story

CIOs across America are concerned that their hospitals might not make the 2015 meaningful use deadline For all the excitement about hospital and physician adoption of electronic health record (EHR) systems, many CIOs of the nation’s leading health systems and hospitals are pessimistic about their organization’s ability to meet “meaningful use” (MU) requirements by the year 2015. This is probably not news to most pathologists and clinical laboratory managers working in hospital laboratories....
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