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Direct-to-consumer testing

Monday, July 28 2014 8:08 AM

Excerpt from The Wichita Eagle

"There’s a growing trend of direct-to-consumer lab testing, also called direct access testing. It means people can order their own labs – often for significantly less money than if their doctor ordered the tests.

Affiliated Medical Services Laboratory, a for-profit reference lab owned by Via Christi Health, has seen the number of people coming to it for direct testing double every year since it started direct-to-consumer service about five years ago, said Edwin Harned, senior administrator at AMS.

“We’ve kept it low profile,” Harned said. “We just wanted to watch and see how it progressed.”

AMS is the largest reference laboratory biller for Medicare and Medicaid in the state, Harned said. In addition to its direct-to-consumer services, it handles more than 2.4 million tests each year for 45 rural and metro hospitals, 125 long-term care and assisted-living facilities, 40 home health care agencies and 22 hospice providers, Harned said."

Ryan, Kelsey (2013, October 26). Direct-to-consumer: Taking the doctor out of the doctor's orders?. The Wichita Eagle.

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