Physician Order Entry Project
By David Floering, MD, chair, Premier Health laboratory utilization committee
Physicians often order laboratory tests without an appreciation for the cost of the tests. Studies show that presenting charge data during order entry results in a modest decrease in test ordering and may increase the number of appropriately ordered diagnostic tests.
The inclusion of $ signs with the test are nonintrusive and add useful information concerning financial impact of testing. Forty-four tests have been chosen, which represent either high volume or high charge, and appended a $ sign after each test, representing its relative charge; the more $ signs, the greater the charge.
To determine the impact of the change, volume data will be collected for each test before and after adding the $ sign. The impact data will be shared with the physicians and used to determine if the project should be expanded.
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