Test utilization has increasingly become an important, talked-about issue among laboratories. Curtis Hanson, M.D., Hematopathology, discusses the laboratory's role in the physician's diagnostic decisions in the article, Helping Clinicians Maneuver through the Diagnostics Maze in the April 2012 issue of Critical Values, a magazine published by the American Society of Clinical Pathology.
Below is an excerpt from the story:
"There has been a palpable upswing of interest in the role of laboratories to ensure that laboratory tests are appropriately utilized in clinical practice. This enthusiasm may be driven by financial realities as laboratories try to control laboratory costs. Or it may be a response to programs and policies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and other payers that reduce payments to providers."