CVS Announces Plans to Add More Clinical Services to Its Minute Clinic Locations, Including Certain Medical Laboratory Tests

It’s all about convenience and offering consumers multiple services at a single location. That’s why certain clinical laboratory tests will soon be offered at CVS Health Minute Clinics As predicted, operators of rapid clinics located in retail pharmacies and other retail stories are adding additional clinical services. In the case of CVS Health, it recently announced plans to add certain clinical laboratory testing services to its Minute Clinic locations. Consumer demand is driving these...

The Affordable Care Act and the Consumer Experience: A Look at the Figures Over the Past Six Years for Clinical Pathology Laboratory Professionals

Much hype has been written about the ACA’s Healthcare Marketplace and the user’s experience. Does the reality measure up to the positive press coverage? Dark Daily takes a look One major element of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) was to radically alter the health insurance industry while increasing the number of Americans with health coverage. As a consequence, both medical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups have experienced significant changes in how payers contract for, and reimburse,...

In the New Health Engagement Model of Health Benefits, Clinical Pathology Laboratories Can Help Beneficiaries through Timely Medical Lab Testing

Oregon adopts health engagement model for its state employees, as evidence of cost savings grows Across the nation, pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will want to learn about a new model of healthcare reform. It is the “health engagement model” (HEM) and it is being rolled out by a number of health insurers. Variations of the HEM model are gaining ground in states around the country because health insurers see HEMs as a way to reduce costs and improve quality of healthcare. One new...

Survey of EMR Adoption by Doctors Provides “Best Data There’s Ever Been!”

It’s tough to get an accurate picture of EMR (electronic medical record) adoption by office-based physicians. That’s important information for clinical laboratories because they must often provide an electronic gateway interface with physicians’ EMR systems for laboratory test ordering and results reporting. Now comes help for clinical laboratories and pathology groups seeking to understand the pace of EMR adoption by physicians. This summer, The Institute for Health Policy...

Slow EHR Adoption from Doctors Affects E-Connectivity of Labs

Only one in four physicians, or 24.9%, currently uses some sort of electronic health record (EHR) under the loosest possible definition of the term. That’s the finding in a recent study entitled Health Information Technology in the United States: The Information Base for Progress performed by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the federal government’s health information technology office. Of greater interest, only about 10% of physicians use a “fully operational” system,...