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Residents Save $2M By Eliminating Needless Lab Tests
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Neurosurgery residents at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center have demonstrated that a reduction by nearly 50% in the use of five common lab tests has no effect on patient care. The reductions generated $1.7 million in savings for payers in fiscal 2011–12, and another $75,000 in decreased direct costs for the medical center, according to a study in Journal of Neurosurgery. In the one year before the project, the residents identified 45,023 of tests for serum levels of total calcium, ionized calcium, chloride, magnesium, and phosphorus in the neurosurgical service.