How Ancillary Services Like Toxicology Testing Are Increasing Revenue and Patient Satisfaction For Healthcare Professionals

Toxicology3 The health care landscape is increasingly becoming more complicated in all aspects: volume, reimbursement and insurance requirements, legal standards, as well as maintaining and improving revenue flow for your clinic.  It has become harder to put your patient and their care first.  Combine all of this with the new health care requirements, and it is easy to see why so many independent physicians are seeking ways to bolster their services and offerings for their patients.

A real problem that is being addressed in health care is, what the CDC has now declared as an epidemic, the number of people that have complications from prescription painkillers – overdose or addiction.  Legal requirements are moving to require physicians to monitor any patients they have that are being prescribed, not just painkillers, but any form of mood or mind-altering medications.  According to the CDC’s article, “Vitalsigns Prescription Painkiller Overdoses in the US,” nearly 15,000 people die every year involving prescription painkillers and 1 in 20 people, ages 12 or older, reported using prescription painkillers for nonmedical reasons within the past year.  Some states are now requiring physicians to check and maintain databases on patients that are prescribed painkillers.

Why should you consider toxicology testing if you aren’t already utilizing this service? While many physicians feel that it shows a level of distrust with your patients, if correctly used, it serves to open a dialog between you and your patients and keeps them actively involved in their own care.  It provides a level of responsibility on their part to take control of their health.  Toxicology testing, when used appropriately, can help determine whether your patient is a fast or slow metabolizer of certain medications and testing can be used to help adjust their prescriptions.  Legal requirements are now being set forth that will eventually require all patients that are on certain medications to be tested.  In the appropriate setting, toxicology testing allows for a higher level of confidence between you and your patient and it gives a higher level of protection to both of you.

Toxicology2With increasing legal requirements, more physicians are moving towards prescription monitoring and toxicology testing.   This surge of toxicology testing has also lead to increased scrutiny of the practice and revenue flows surrounding toxicology screening.  AMS and our partners have developed a unique model that addresses the legal requirements, Stark laws, and anti-kickback regulations in place.  Our toxicology confirmation testing is one of the only models that holds strictly to all legal restrictions and conforms to each states’ regulations while still being able to offer a revenue stream for your clinic.

Not only are we able to offer confirmation testing, we offer all levels of toxicology testing from in-clinic point-of-service urine dipstick testing, to higher complexity testing with immunoassay analysers, as well as confirmation testing utilizing the newest and most sophisticated testing techniques in order to provide the highest level of testing.  We are uniquely able to work with you and your clinic in order to understand your needs and provide a toxicology solution customized to fit your needs. 

Our confirmation testing program utilizes partnerships with clinics in order to provide a new revenue source for you and your clinic.  Clinics that are good candidates to become partners with our confirmation lab, will be provided with the highest level of customization, ease of testing, and the only legal way of generating revenue from confirmation testing. 

We invite you to contact us and let us work to customize our solution for you.