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Taking aim at overuse: daily labs, high-cost send-outs

April 2014—As reimbursement models change, achieving better test utilization will become a survival strategy. And in the hard work to improve test use, the computerized physician order-entry system appears to be the work tool with the winning record. Inpatient laboratory tests at Massachusetts General Hospital fell by 21 percent between 2002 and 2007, despite a seven percent increase in the number of discharges. Per discharge, inpatient tests dropped by 26 percent (Kim JY, et al. Am J Clin Pathol. 2011;135:108–118). Kent B. Lewandrowski, MD, associate chief of pathology and director of laboratory and molecular medicine at MGH and professor of pathology at Harvard Medical School, calls the number of inpatient tests per discharge “a global benchmark,” saying, “It rolls up all of our individual utilization initiatives.”

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