New Study Indicates Shopping Tools Alone Might Not Lower Medical Spending, Even Though More Patients Want to Know Prices for Clinical Laboratory Tests and Other Procedures

JAMA study finds that most workers with access to web-based price comparison tools did not use them, nor did they spend less on medical care than other workers Can shopping tools designed to help patients compare providers (including medical laboratories), quality, and prices, make a contribution to reducing the increase in healthcare costs? A new study suggests that such shopping tools make only modest contributions to controlling the cost of care. Published May 3 in the Journal of the...

Oregon’s New Medicaid Care Model Uses Capitated Reimbursement and Coordinated Care Organizations; May Change How Clinical Laboratories Are Paid

Other states are studying Oregon’s innovative Medicaid experiment, which could lead to different forms of reimbursement for clinical laboratories Once again, Oregon’s Medicaid program is blazing a new trail in the delivery of healthcare. This time, Oregon is organizing its Medicaid services—known as the Oregon Health Plan—to do two things. First, it is developing 16 coordinated care organizations (CCOs)  across the state. Second, those Medicaid beneficiaries who represent the majority of costs...
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