Lab Management Pathway

Monday

32101 Ethical Issues in Laboratory Medicine

Ethical issues in laboratory medicine too often are given limited attention. The first talk in this session will describe the basics and history of biomedical ethics. The second session will examine the ethics of emerging infections and the clinical laboratory in light of core ethical principles. Both sessions will use interactive case studies to illustrate their points. Learn more.

Tuesday

33216 Breaking Down Gender from Cis to Trans

Gender-affirming hormones are standard of care for transgender people who seek to medically transition. Sex hormones influence chemistry, hematology, and microbiology results. Our team has established transgender-specific reference intervals and performed pioneering investigations into the vaginal flora of transgender men and women. This session will empower the laboratory with the tools necessary for serving the transgender population. Learn more.

33224 Institutional Laboratory Stewardship Programs: Best Practices, Interventions, Informatics

Appropriate test utilization is an important part of patient care, and laboratory stewardship programs are becoming increasingly necessary as the availability and costs of laboratory testing increase. This session will describe a framework of national guidelines for laboratory stewardship programs, discuss examples of clinical impact of stewardship programs on academic medical center hospitals, and illustrate steps for integration and prioritization of informatics resources at the institution level. Learn more.

33105 The Value Proposition: Actionable Strategies for Enhancing the Value of Laboratory Medicine

Laboratory medicine must shift from a volume-based service and commoditization to a value-based model of Benefit or Outcome ÷ Cost, defined in terms of health outcomes, cost-reductions, improved efficiencies and customer satisfaction. The value proposition framework will be articulated as a means for specifying unmet needs, outcomes, and monitoring metrics for analysis of benefits, costs and value. Speakers will also discuss ways to improve the laboratorian-stakeholder relationship through actionable testing strategies in molecular oncology and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin. In addition, the laboratory’s role in improving the patient care experience will be discussed from a clinician's perspective. Learn more.

Wednesday

34102 Strategies and Tactics for Practical Test Utilization Management

This session will present simple and practical techniques for rapid implementation of test utilization improvements. An interactive format will be used to examine participants' current test stewardship activities as the contextual framework for demonstrating various easy to apply techniques that address common, real-world test utilization problems. Examples include: ways to avoid ordering mistakes, use of prerequisite testing protocols, test menu and nomenclature structure, reducing misinterpretation risks, simple process to identify over-ordering of specific test(s), and guidance for investigating common and easily solved problems. Pre-registrants will receive form to collect data from their laboratory for use at this session. Learn more.

34225 Healthcare Forum: Laboratory Stewardship in Healthcare Innovation

The session will tackle the current shifts in healthcare delivery and payments away from volume-based fee-for-service models toward value-based models with bundled or capitated payments. To be successful, the new models will require collaboration and cooperation across the entire spectrum of providers and healthcare professionals, each of whom has a unique role in providing high-value, cost-efficient care. This session will address the framework of the shifting models, the needs of integrated healthcare systems, and tools for laboratory directors to implement successful laboratory stewardship programs. Learn more.