Financial unbundling reduces outpatient laboratory use.

  title={Financial unbundling reduces outpatient laboratory use.},
  author={Wiilliam E Golden and Alex A. Pappas and R. Greg Lavender},
  journal={Archives of internal medicine},
  volume={147 6},
Previous studies have examined methods of reducing laboratory use, without great success. We studied the effects of the financial unbundling of clinical biochemistry determinations in a university outpatient clinic. After eliminating the charge structure that promoted panel use, the ordering of chemistry 19 panels fell dramatically, accompanied by an increase in orders for electrolyte and chemistry 6 panels. The total number of biochemical assay determinations fell by one third after this… CONTINUE READING