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The Right Tests Through Utilization Management - Part 2

In the first post of this series we stressed how essential a partnership between the clinicians and laboratory leadership has become.  In this post we will focus on the best way for you to develop a successful program utilizing a multidisciplinary approach.  This approach should involve the...

The Right Tests Through Utilization Management - Part 1

The Laboratory Director and clinicians have important roles ensuring that the patient tests being performed are the appropriate analytes in a given clinical situation.  Laboratory leadership and clinicians need to work closely to make this a reality.  The number of analytes available for testing...

Effective Laboratory Utilization - Part 4

Identifying lab test utilization tools for use is a solid first step towards optimized test utilization in your laboratory.  To continue down the road of success there are additional issues for you to consider.  Additional utilization strategies will help you to avoid the pitfalls of testing...

Effective Laboratory Utilization - Part 3

Many factors may cause knowledge gaps related to laboratory utilization including: 
 
  • Explosive growth in the number of laboratory analytes,
  • Molecular tests show greatest percentage of growth, with estimated growth of 25% annually,
  • Lack of guidance from many laboratories to assist in...

Effective Laboratory Utilization - Part 2

Developing an effective laboratory utilization plan for your practice does not have to be difficult. You can successfully implement utilization activities in the ambulatory setting with four major components.  These mayor keys to your success include:

    • Physician champion
    • Primary focus on...

Effective Laboratory Utilization - Part 1

The changing healthcare environment has brought appropriate lab utilization to the forefront in medical practices.  I will review effective lab test utilization in a four part webinar series.  Join us for Part 1 - the “why” of laboratory utilization.

 

Cost Effective Laboratory Management: Right-sizing Your Instrumentation and Test Menus

"Cost-Effectiveness” has become the key standard when evaluating the role of the clinical laboratory in the healthcare continuum.  This is not just cost-containment; it is not just about efficiency; it is about value, defined as quality per unit of cost.   This represents the total picture of...

Cost Effective Laboratory Management: Sustaining Quality

While the mission of the laboratory will always be to provide the highest quality patient care, the environment within which the lab operates is undergoing rapid regulatory and technological change. These include changes to reimbursement, test utilization protocols based on patient outcomes, and...

Cost Effective Laboratory Management: Staffing Strategies

Labor accounts for 50% to 70% of direct clinical laboratory cost; thus the management of staffing levels is central to overall laboratory management expenses. With too high a staffing level, laboratory operations are inefficient; too low a staffing level increases the potential for errors or...

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