Facilities and offices that provide local routine lab testing are able to meet more of their patients’ needs. According to McKesson Medical-Surgical, 85% of patient visits happen outside of a hospital. That increases the need for testing in these non-acute settings.
Existing and emerging challenges in the laboratory testing landscape are making lab testing increasingly problematic for physician offices. Some of these obstacles include:
- Constantly-changing reimbursement rates and care requirements.
- A complex and fast-changing lab testing market with new products being introduced and replacing some of the ones doctors are familiar with.
- Coding and billing can be complicated across the large number of available tests.
- Regulatory surveillance and the ability of providers to navigate and interpret complex regulations.
Organizations are working to overcome these challenges by using high-quality testing products that can quickly screen for health issues. Organizations are also strategically choosing tests that fit their patient care needs, are profitable, and can be performed with the organization’s available skillsets and expertise.