Giving Careers Education
ETHICS: Courageous Interventions to Improve the Use of Clinical Laboratory Tests Including Genetic Testing

Overview:
This session describes some of the reasons care providers order too many tests or the wrong tests.  A number of interventions to improve test utilization are considered including email templates, scripts, privileging, sendout formularies, and CPOE templates.  Special consideration is given to the proper use of genetic counselors and doctoral level laboratory staff  to create a utilization management (UM)system for genetic testing.

The system, which uses policies and procedures created by the genetic counselors and laboratory doctors, is based on flagging genetic test orders and actively managing them in collaboration with the ordering providers is based on flagging genetic test orders and actively managing them in collaboration with the ordering providers.  The result is cost savings to the hospital and increased value to patients. 

Learning Objectives:
  • Describe three root causes of the overutilization or misutilization of laboratory tests.
  • Describe three interventions to improve the utilization of laboratory tests.
  • Describe an approach to utilization management of genetic tests that increases the likelihood the correct test will be ordered.
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Courageous Interventions to Improve the use of Clinical Laboratory Tests including Genetic Testing
Additional Information:
Audience: Physicians, Advanced Nurse Practitioners, Physician Assistants, Healthcare Professionals
Duration: 1.00 hour(s)
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Accreditation Statement(s):
CME Enduring w Ethics
Cook Children's Medical Center is accredited by the Texas Medical Association to provide continuing medical education for physicians. Cook Children's designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Cook Children's Medical Center designates this enduring material for a maximum of 1.0 hours in medical ethics and/or professional responsibility.