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What to consider about test-order entry

AP vs. CP, scope, RFPs: Portal gets green light—now what?

  • Test name/code lookup methods.
  • Capture of additional data required at time of order for certain tests (for example, prenatal screens, cystic fibrosis, heavy metals).
  • Order modification, add-on, and cancellation handling.
  • Access to test reference information (for example, online test directory).
  • Duplicate order checking.
  • Standing and recurrent orders.
  • Unsolicited orders from the LIS.
  • Complex panels that may require more than one tube type and transport temperature.
  • Handling of ordering physicians or tests not defined in system dictionary.
  • Client-specific order sets.
  • Options for billing party and insurance carrier data management.
  • Specimen label generation.
  • Requisition printing, format, option.
  • Options for packing manifest contents and sorting—for example, specimens sorted by transport temperature (room temperature, refrigerated, frozen).
  • ICD-9 code lookup capabilities.
  • Medical necessity checking and advanced beneficiary notice, or ABN, printing

—Walter Hendricks, MD