Representatives Niraj J. Antani (R – Miami Township) and Mike Duffey (R – Worthington) introduced legislation that would seek to require each accountable care organization (ACO) in the state to establish a clinical laboratory advisory board to make recommendations to the ACO regarding clinical laboratory testing.

“As we seek to create high quality, affordable health care in Ohio, this bill in an important step to ensure we get clinical laboratory testing done correctly,” said Antani. “I look forward to working on the bill to better our health care system.”

The purpose of an accountable care organization is to promote clinical coordination and improve efficiency in health care delivery collaboration while utilizing the best practices to contain costs.

The clinical laboratory testing advisory board would consist of individuals selected by the ACO as well as a pathologist physician representative designated by each clinical laboratory that provides testing services to the ACO. Guidelines recommended in this legislation include laboratory testing used for diagnosis and disease management; pathologist consultation on episodes of care; and the appropriate use of clinical laboratory testing.

The bill, House Bill 224, would improve patient care, lower costs and would benefit the ACO heath care delivery system and Ohio’s citizens in advancing the mission and purpose of ACOs.

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