HEDIS Data Provides Evidence that Physicians Are More Effective in Using Clinical Pathology Laboratory Tests Improve Patient Care

NCQA published annual report showing increased rates of screening for most of its HEDIS quality measures and medical laboratory testing often plays a role in these screening activities For almost a decade now, clinical laboratories and pathology groups have been asked by many private payers to provide laboratory test data for a number of clinical services. In turn, these private health insurers annually submit this data to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set (HEDIS) program...

Veterans Administration’s Website with Hospital Compare Website Delivers Improved Transparency to Patients

Efforts to improve transparency still don’t include clinical pathology lab data Veterans, their family members and their healthcare providers can now go online to compare the performance of their local Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital against other VA hospitals. This new service launched just last year. That is when the VA opened its Hospital Compare website to the public. This important step is consistent with the VA’s declared intent to achieve total transparency in veteran’s...

Pathologists Are Included in the Updated CMS “Physician Compare” Website

Medicare officials continue to work toward improved transparency in provider outcomes Medicare officials are making progress in their efforts to help patients “shop” for doctors, including pathologists. It has gone live with a new website called “Physician Compare.” This website offers many search functions not previously available. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) put up the new website to fulfill one mandate of the healthcare reform law, known as the Patient Protection...

CMS to Pay Bonuses to Medicare Advantage Plans Based on Quality of Outcomes

Still No Medicare Quality Measures for Clinical Laboratories and Pathology Groups Transparency in provider outcomes is moving one step forward and this time it’s a new bonus plan for Medicare Advantage plans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) believes the enhancement will encourage lower performing plans to improve their quality of care. Quality Measures Should Interest Medical Laboratory Managers Pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will be interested to learn...
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