Another Reminder of All That Needs to Be Fixed in the Health Care System
I was amused after reading the California Court of Appeal opinion in the case of Unilab Corporation v. Angeles-IPA. The legal issues in the case are fairly straight forward and unremarkable. However, the court’s description of the facts of this case are of interest, as they reveal some of the complexity in the delivery of, and payment for, health care services. In this situation, testing by a commercial laboratory of specimens drawn at a physician’s office.
The court’s opinion goes into detail as to the underlying problem of “misdirected” specimens. The story underscores why so many perceive that the health system is inefficient, confusing, and prone to errors. I am the first to acknowledge that the health care industry has taken steps to improve the process. However, the Unilab Corporation v. Angeles-IPA case serves as a reminder that certain segments of the industry have a way to go.
*This alert was originally posted on Arent Fox's Health Care Counsel blog. To read this alert in its entirety, please click here.