Healthcare Finance writes: Studies show that decreasing repetitive daily laboratory testing did not result in missed diagnoses or increase the number of readmissions. Physicians at Johns Hopkins, along with experts from several other institutions across North America, have compiled evidence and crafted an experience-based quality improvement blueprint to reduce repetitive lab testing for hospitalized patients, which they say can contribute to unnecessary costs. Repeated blood draws for such tests can lead to hospital-acquired anemia and other complications, according to the research, published in Internal Medicine, a journal of the American Medical Association.
- Healthcare Finance: http://www.healthcarefinancenews.com/news/ordering-fewer-lab-tests-can-improve-quality-and-lower-costs
- Evidence-Based Guidelines to Eliminate Repetitive Laboratory Testing. JAMA. October 16, 2017