Practice & Professional Issues

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COLA White Paper Urges New Focus on Office Lab Protocols

Control Utilization, Identify Risks, Coordinate Results

11/17/2014 — COLA, a U.S. laboratory accreditation organization, recently released a white paper urging physicians with office labs to establish tighter protocols to help reduce testing errors and redundancy. COLA has developed a program called Patient-Centered Laboratory Excellence that aligns laboratory practices with patient-centered medical home standards.

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11/12/2014 — Results of a new survey indicate that some consumers with private health insurance plans still worry about paying for unexpected health events and, consequently, may forgo needed care.

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New Online Mapper Highlights Physician Shortage Areas

Robert Graham Center, HealthLandscape Worked With AMA to Develop Tool

11/07/2014 — A new interactive online mapping tool provides detail about physician shortage areas throughout the United States, including information regarding where physicians and nonphysician health care professionals are located. The Robert Graham Center for Policy Studies in Family Medicine and Primary Care and HealthLandscape helped developed the tool.

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