Course H1328

H1328 Optimizing Laboratory Test Utilization: The Pathologist's Expanding Role

Monday, September 8, 2014
8:00-11:30 AM

3.0 CME Credits

In this era of decreasing reimbursement, accountable care payment models, and explosive growth of laboratory technologies, pathologists and laboratories face increasing internal and external pressures to decrease the cost of laboratory testing. Pathologists must fill the critical leadership role necessary to direct cost-effective and appropriate laboratory testing while continuing to deliver high-quality care to the patient. Experience in this session an overview of challenging test utilization issues faced by pathologists in diverse practice settings and learn pragmatic approaches for designing and implementing data-driven solutions. The presenters will share real-life examples of successful approaches and will provide ample opportunity for audience discussion and questions.

You will learn to:

  • Assess the impact of laboratory testing on health care costs
  • Analyze the reasons for inappropriate laboratory test utilization
  • Identify opportunities to work collaboratively with clinicians to design and implement data-driven test utilization algorithms and processes
  • Identify tools and strategies that can be used to evaluate and control test utilization in various practice settings


Curtis A. Hanson, MD, FCAP
Paul J. Kurtin, MD, FCAP
Bobbi S. Pritt, MD, MSc, FCAP