Laboratory Stewardship and the Drive to Improve Quality Patient Care Takes Center Stage at ASCP 2019 Annual Meeting in Phoenix

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Panel of Experts Examines Best Practices for Test Utilization in Era of Declining Resources

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“With the proliferation of molecular tests over the past decade, pathologists and medical laboratory professionals must play a crucial supporting role for ordering clinicians in choosing the right test at the right time for the right patients.” - ASCP CEO E. Blair Holladay, PhD, MASCP, SCT(ASCP)CM

How can we most efficiently use the medical laboratory tests we have—especially with an ever-expanding library of them—to find out everything we need to know about a particular patient or disease, without expending resources on things we don’t need? The answers to these questions remain elusive.

Join us for a lively panel debate on Test Utilization on September 12 during the Scientific General Session at the ASCP 2019 Annual Meeting in Phoenix. Moderated by Michael Schubert, editor of The Pathologist magazine, this session will assemble six experts who’ll seek to convince the audience that their approach to testing is the right one.

“There is no universal right answer to how much testing is appropriate. Every institution has a different policy for when to implement certain tests. We hope this session will help attendees discover where that that balance lies and how we can establish best practices,” Schubert says.

Panelist Gary W. Procop, MD, MASCP, says, “There are a variety of different perspectives on test utilization worth considering, all of which hold value. Being good stewards of financial resources remains important, especially in the era of decreasing reimbursements and capitation, and there are a number of other drivers for the increased interest in improving test utilization.”

The panelists have dedicated a significant amount of their professional time to test utilization management and laboratory stewardship. They include the following individuals:

Gary W. Procop, MD, MASCP—Medical Director and Co-chair of the Enterprise Laboratory Stewardship Committee for Enterprise Medical Operations, and Director of Molecular Microbiology, Virology, Mycology and Parasitology, Cleveland Clinic, Ohio.

Geoffrey S. Baird, MD, PhD—Clinical pathologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine, University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, and Interim Department Chair and Co-director of the Clinical Chemistry Fellowship program.

Adam L. Booth, MD—Fourth-year resident of anatomic and clinical pathology residency at the University of Texas Medical Branch–Galveston, where he is past chief resident.

John Eckman, PA(ASCP)CM—Chair of the Board of Trustees, American Association of Pathologists’ Assistants. A former medical technologist, he has 25 years of experience as a pathologists’ assistant in community and academic settings.

Nicole Riddle, MD, FASCP—Staff Pathologist, Tampa General Hospital for Ruffolo, Hooper & Associates, and Associate Professor, Associate Residency Program Director, and Research Liaison, Department of Pathology and Cell Biology, University of South Florida Morsani College of Medicine.

Ronald B. Schifman, MD—Professor of Pathology, University of Arizona College of Medicine, and Chief of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Southern Arizona VA Healthcare System.

“With the proliferation of molecular tests over the past decade and more and more patients seeking laboratory services, now more than ever pathologists and medical laboratory professionals must play a crucial supporting role for ordering clinicians in choosing the right test at the right time for the right patients,” says ASCP CEO E. Blair Holladay, PhD, MASCP, SCT(ASCP)CM.

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