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Reimbursement for Point-of-Care Testing

MacMillan, Donna BS, MT (ASCP), MBA

Point of Care: The Journal of Near-Patient Testing & Technology: December 2002 - Volume 1 - Issue 4 - p 253–258

Tests performed at the point of care are a valuable extension of the laboratory service. There are many published studies on the cost to provide this service. Organizations face many challenges in billing for point-of-care tests, including the ability to accurately capture information and familiarity with regulatory and payer guidelines. Billing for pointof-care testing can generate revenue to offset some or all of the expenses for the service.

From Department of Pathology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Donna MacMillan, MGH Laboratory Medicine, 55 Fruit Street-Gray 235, Boston, MA 02114 (e-mail:

© 2002 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.