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Benchmarking in pathology: development of an activity-based costing model.

Authors
  • Burnett, Leslie
  • Wilson, Roger
  • Pfeffer, Sally
  • Lowry, John
Type
Published Article
Journal
Pathology
Publication Date
Dec 01, 2012
Volume
44
Issue
7
Pages
644–653
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1097/PAT.0b013e32835a9ec4
PMID: 23149379
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

We have completed development of a national BiP program. An activity-based costing methodology based on avoidable costs overcomes many problems of previous benchmarking studies based on total costs. The use of benchmarking complexity adjustment permits correction for varying test-mix and diagnostic complexity between laboratories. Use of iterative communication strategies with program participants can overcome many obstacles and lead to innovations.

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