The cover story for the June 2013 issue of CAP TODAY profiles, “How labs are taming test utilization.” Interviewed for the story was Mayo Clinic's Curt Hanson, M.D., professor of laboratory medicine and pathology at the Mayo Clinic School of Medicine.
The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology’s approach to test utilization was a major focus of the article.
According to the cover story:
[Dr. Hanson's] Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology chose to pursue a four-pronged approach to test utilization. “One is developing a test formulary. The second is reducing unnecessary testing in hospital patients. Third, implementing algorithm and guideline testing across the practice, whether that be low-volume, high-cost tests that can be honed by pathologists or genetic counselors, or algorithms for cascade testing that a clinician may order on a higher scale. And finally, reducing blood product utilization, obviously a high-cost area for all kinds of practices.”
Read the full article here.