Study: Upfront Price Information Lowers Number Of Lab Test Orders

Giving price information to providers at the time lab orders were placed resulted in a decrease in test ordering, according to a study in the Journal of American Medicine Association.

In the study, those who ordered lab tests through the computerized order entry system at the Johns Hopkins Hospital were tracked over a six-month period in late 2008 and 2009 and 2009 and 2010 on how they ordered both the most common and most expensive tests.

When prices weren’t available nearly 8.6 percent more tests were made, showing that giving providers cost information upfront may reduce the number of diagnostic tests.

Posted in Research.