AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--To offset decreased lab budgets and shrinking payments from health insurers, the nation’s best-performing hospital and health system clinical laboratories are initiating lab test utilization management projects in collaboration with physicians. This important trend is happening because utilization management projects offer the double benefit of improved patient care and immediate cost savings—both in reduced cost of testing and significant savings in the overall cost per healthcare encounter.
Two nationally-recognized experts in lab test utilization management (UM) will teach basic and advanced techniques of UM in a special webinar titled, “Simple, Swift Approaches to Lab Test Utilization Management: Proven Ways for Your Clinical Laboratory to Use Data and Collaborations to Add Value,” taking place Thursday, June 29, 2017 at 1PM EDT.
“The reason why utilization management has become the hot trend in the clinical laboratory industry is that it’s a sure, fast way to cut the cost of lab testing while simultaneously helping physicians improve patient care,” observed Robert L. Michel, Editor-In-Chief of The Dark Report. “There is more good news about utilization management. These projects are easy to organize and most physicians—themselves under pressure to practice evidence-based medicine—welcome the collaboration because it means improved patient outcomes.”
The webinar’s first speaker is Tammy Fletcher, Administrator of Value-Based Services for Mayo Medical Laboratories (MML) in Rochester, MN. Fletcher is on the front lines helping MML’s lab clients implement utilization management projects. She will teach webinar participants about the five primary elements that make up a successful UM road map: assess and assemble, message, education and guidance, analytics and evidence, and payer collaboration. Fletcher will also provide real-world case studies of utilization management projects involving lab tests that produced substantial gains in patient outcomes while reducing costs.
The second speaker is Bobbi Kochevar, MBA, MLS(ASCP), Director of Diagnostic Services at North Memorial Health in Robbinsdale, MN. Her clinical laboratory team supports the integrated care delivered by North Memorial in inpatient, outpatient, and outreach settings. Kochevar will demonstrate how her lab’s real-time analytics system supported multiple utilization management projects that involved different medical laboratory tests.
During this information-packed webinar, you and your team will learn these important points about utilization management:
- Learn the fast-track secrets to launching a utilization management project and getting buy-in from administration and physicians
- Understand why some UM projects succeed spectacularly and others fail to engage, with tips on ensuring a winning collaboration
- Know the nine competencies every lab needs to initiate successful utilization management programs
- Identify the five categories of lab test utilization and how each requires a different UM approach to improve patient outcomes
For more information about “Simple, Swift Approaches to Lab Test Utilization Management: Proven Ways for Your Clinical Laboratory to Use Data and Collaborations to Add Value” and to view webinar details including presenter biographies and pricing, click here.