GENERAL HEALTH STATUS
As payers transition to payments based on outcomes or episodes of care, it is critically important to:
Document scientific evidence of improved patient outcomes in the clinical record!
CLINICAL LABORATORY DATA FORMS THE SCIENTIFIC BASIS UPON WHICH MEDICAL DIAGNOSIS AND MANAGEMENT OF PATIENTS IS ESTABLISHED.
Clinical laboratory data is essential to:
* formulation and confirmation of clinical diagnoses
* monitoring metabolic and organ function, therapeutic drug levels, and results of medical treatment
* the solid scientific foundation upon which medical decisions are based
CLINICAL LABORATORY DATA IS THE 'PROOF' REQUIRED TO VALIDATE IMPROVED PATIENT OUTCOMES.