Reducing Costs and Improving Quality Through Appropriate Test Utilization



About this Webinar

Date: Monday, March 12, 2012

Author: Nakamoto, Jon M., MD, PhD
Laboratory Medical Director
Quest Diagnostics Nichols Institute, San Juan Capistrano, CA
Associate Professor (Voluntary) of Pediatrics and Endocrinology
University of California, San Diego
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Category: CE Credit, Webinar

Description: Jon Nakamoto, MD, PhD discusses strategies for increasing operational efficiencies, improving medical quality and reducing overall laboratory costs associated with inappropriate/inefficient test utilization.

Learning Objectives — at the end of this program, participants will be able to:

o Name five components required for a successful test demand review and utilization management program
o Define “data stratification” and explain why it is critical for deeper understanding of test utilization patterns
o Describe, using the example of celiac disease testing, how studying utilization of a group of related tests is more revealing than studying one test at a time
o Recognize how test demand review can help identify natural allies in a hospital or health system to help drive rational test utilization