Laboratory Utilization Management: Controlling Costs and Improving Outcomes

Recorded on Thursday, May 5, 2016

Watch this G2 Intelligence Webinar presented by Casey Leavitt of ARUP Laboratories and Jeffrey P. Pearson, M.D. of Bronson Healthcare.

Managing laboratory test utilization offers significant economic benefits as it improves patient care and turnaround times, promotes the value of laboratory medicine, and reduces costs.

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Utilization management is an ongoing issue for the health care industry, especially in the laboratory sector where test utilization offers tremendous cost control and improved outcomes.

Watch health care industry leaders Casey Leavitt of ARUP Laboratories and Jeffrey P. Pearson, MD, of Bronson Healthcare to discover the profound clinical and economic impact of suboptimal test ordering, review evidence-based guidelines of test ordering management, review various utilization management strategies, and explore developing quality measures to address overuse.

This 90-minute webinar will take a close look at the detriment of over, under, and misuse of laboratory tests, the negative impact on patient care, and the ultimate cost to your laboratory operations. This webinar will review and discuss:

  • Assessing utilization management strategies for hospital laboratories and independent laboratories
  • Comparing and contrasting various interventions used to control utilization
  • Approaches used to identify tests with a high likelihood of misutilization
  • Using risk assessment to prioritize tests
  • General management principles of successful implementation

By identifying gaps and misuse of individual laboratory tests, you can dramatically improve patient care with shorter times to diagnosis; avoiding unnecessary, inappropriate tests; driving your lab’s efficiency; and minimizing downstream costs.

The strategies provided by Casey Leavitt and Jeffrey P. Pearson in this 90-minute webinar can help you understand the profound impact a laboratory utilization management system can have on controlling your costs and improving your laboratory’s outcome—and bottom line.

About the Presenters

Casey LeavittCasey Leavitt
Program Director, Consultative Services Business Development, ARUP Laboratories

Casey Leavitt has worked in the health care industry for more than 20 years and was the consultative services program director at ARUP Laboratories when this webinar was recorded. Prior to her position at ARUP, Leavitt was the referral development director for University of Utah Health Care, where her primary responsibility was to develop and strengthen relationships with the university’s regional referring providers and facilities. She was also the director of managed-care contracting for the University of Utah Medical Group.

Jeffrey PearsonJeffrey P. Pearson, MD
System Medical Director of Laboratories and Pathology, Bronson Healthcare

Jeffrey Pearson is the Medical Director for the department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He received his medical degree from the University of Michigan and stayed in Ann Arbor for his residency in anatomic and clinical pathology as well as a surgical pathology fellowship under the direction of Sharon Weiss. His current interests have been devoted to the business aspects of pathology, blood conservation, and laboratory utilization management issues.