Healthcare revenue cycle consultant Jonathan Wiik suggests healthcare providers must prepare their organizations for patients who need help paying increasing medical costs.
When patients cannot pay their bills, all of healthcare—including clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups—also struggle. And, according to experts, medical laboratories already complying with federal value-based payment programs and precision medicine directives should expect increased pressure from patients seeking ways to pay for their services.
A recent analysis of this issue by TransUnion Healthcare (NYSE:TRU) states, “patients experienced an 11% increase in average out-of-pocket costs during 2017, rising from $1,630 in Q4 2016 to $1,813 in Q4 2017.” It is a development that should send up red flags to clinical laboratory managers seeking ways to maintain and increase revenues.
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