EHR lab cost info can reduce ordering rates, lower costs

Providing physicians with the price of lab tests via electronic health records can reduce their ordering rates, according to a new study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Researchers studied 215 primary care physicians from an alliance of five nonprofit multispecialty medical groups in Massachusetts. Their EHRs displayed in real time the average Medicare reimbursement rate for 27 lab tests, including 21 lower-cost tests, for the 153 physicians in the intervention group. Through their analysis, researchers reported "significant decrease" in the ordering rates for almost one-fifth (19 percent) of the tests, compared to the doctors in the control group. – Read the full article from FierceEMR