#Utilize2015 Live Blog [Updating]

2013utilize-blog-featureWe will be live blogging this year's Utilization Management Conference in Denver, Colo. This year's conference will have a full line up with many of the leading voices in utilization management, health care reform, and managing the Second Curve. Follow along with #utilize2015 on Twitter, Facebook, and, now Instagram. As always, we will be posting throughout the day from the conference so you can see what's going on and hear the latest in utilization management.


Sept. 22 at 4:35 p.m.

That's it from Denver! Thank you to all of our attendees and speakers. This year's conference brought together some of the leading thought leaders in utilization management. On behalf of the faculty, good luck with your own utilization management journeys and keep up the amazing work you do every day to make sure patients around the country continue to have access to the right test at the right time.

As we ride into the sunset at the close of the conference, we thought it would only be appropriate to show a classic Denver sunset over the Rockies, which our attendees witnessed last night.


Sept. 22 at 4:25 p.m.

The 2015 conference was capped off by utilization management all stars, Bobbi Pritt, M.D., and Curt Hanson, M.D. The duo covered a lot of subjects in their 45-minute presentation including the full gamut of interventions that can be applied across a clinical practice along with the latest research quantifying the value of utilization management strategies.

Curt Hanson, M.D., chief medical officer of Mayo Clinic, capped off this year's conference with a presentation with Bobbi Pritt, M.D., also of Mayo Clinic.
Curt Hanson, M.D., chief medical officer of Mayo Clinic, capped off this year's conference with a presentation with Bobbi Pritt, M.D., also of Mayo Clinic.

Sept. 22 at 3:26 p.m.

One key theme that came up time and time again today is the essential role genetic counselors can play in optimizing genetic testing, which has become a significant driver in the rising cost of health care and laboratory testing. The impact of genetic counselors became crystal clear in the presentation, "Laboratory Genetic Counselors Drive Significant Improvements in Laboratory Utilization, Cost Containment and Patient Safety." (Yes, this was the longest title of the day for those of you keeping score at home!)

Presenters of the case studies included Genetic Counselors Gessi Bentz Pino (Mayo Clinic), Jessie Conta (Seattle Children's Hospital), and Lindsay Zetzsche (Mayo Clinic). Moderating the talk was Mike Astion, M.D., Ph.D., laboratory director of Seattle Children's Hospital.

Gessi Bentz Pino explains how a long list of tests in a test menu is perfect recipe for misordering.
Gessi Bentz Pino explains how a long list of tests in a test menu is a perfect recipe for misordering.
Gessi Pino steps through a case study.
Jessie Conta steps through a case study.

Sept. 22 at 1:46 p.m.

We were honored to have Gary Procop, M.D., from Cleveland Clinic to share some of the utilization-focused activities being implemented within the laboratories and the clinical practice. A common theme throughout the presentation was how to work well with others and making sure you share a common vision for patient care. Initiatives discussed included soft and hard stops in the electronic medial record, restricted use of laboratory tests, utilizing laboratory-based genetic counseling, regional smart alerts, expensive test notification, and other activities.

Dr. Procop shares the perspective from Cleveland Clinic and its test utilization journey.
Dr. Procop shares the perspective from Cleveland Clinic and its test utilization journey.

Sept. 22 at 11:48 a.m.

Jeff Pearson, M.D., medical director at Bronson Methodist Hospital, ended the morning session with his presentation, "How to Create and Grow a Utilization Management Program in the Community Hospital Setting." The 45-minute presentation provided a actionable approach to how community-based hospitals can tackle utilization opportunities to improve patient care.

Dr. Pearson discussed practical approaches community laboratories can take to seize the utilization management momentum.
Dr. Pearson discussed practical approaches community laboratories can take to seize the utilization management momentum.

Sept. 22 at 11:22 a.m.

Last night, we had a chance to chat with Don Flott, one of the course directors for Utilization Management 2015, about what we could look forward to today. Enjoy!


Sept. 22 at 10:46 a.m.

Robert Michel, Publisher of the Dark Report and Founder of the Executive War College, provided deep insights about the state of utilization management and the critical role laboratories will play in the impending value-based environment.

Robert Michel offers perspectives to the attendees regarding the critical role of laboratories in the future of health care.
Robert Michel offers perspectives to the attendees regarding the critical role of laboratories in the future of health care.

Sept. 22 at 9:39 a.m.

Leslie Donato, Ph.D., delivered the second presentation of the morning. Her talk focused on the various methods laboratories and clinical practices can take to tackle test utilization initiatives within the inpatient population. Throughout her presentation, Dr. Donato offered specific examples of how utilization management has improved inpatient care around the country.

Leslie Donato, Ph.D., discusses the nuances of "Inpatient Laboratory Test Utilization."
Leslie Donato, Ph.D., discusses the nuances of "Inpatient Laboratory Test Utilization."

Sept. 22 at 9:17 a.m.

Mike Rock, M.D., an orthopedic surgeon and one of the physician leaders of Mayo Clinic, set the stage for the day by outlining the current state and future outlook of health care reform, payer strategies, utilization management, and the rise of consumerism.

Dr. Rock adds the final points to his presentation, which outlined the current and future states of health care reform.
Dr. Rock adds the final points to his presentation, which outlined the current and future states of health care reform.

Sept. 22 at 8:35 a.m.

Mike Rock, M.D., delivers the opening presentation, "Challenges to Remaining Relevant in the Dynamic, Rapidly Evolving Heath Care Environment."
Mike Rock, M.D., delivers the opening presentation, "Challenges to Remaining Relevant in the Dynamic, Rapidly Evolving Heath Care Environment."

Sept. 22 at 8:13 a.m.

This year's conference is totally sold out with a standing-room only crowd. More than 31 states are represented and we even have colleagues from Canada here to share their unique perspective.

To set the stage for the day, Don Flott, Director of Utilization Management at Mayo Clinic, delivered some opening remarks and the pre-evaluation of where the attendees are on their utilization management journey.

Don Flott kicks off #Utilize2015.
Don Flott kicks off #Utilize2015.

Sept. 22 at 7:24 a.m.

The podium is set and the levels are dialed in. We are ready for a full day of #Utilize2015
The podium is set and the levels are dialed in. We are ready for a full day of #Utilize2015

 

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Andy Tofilon

Andy Tofilon is a Marketing Segment Manager at Mayo Medical Laboratories. He leads strategies for corporate communications, public relations, and new media innovations. Andy has worked at Mayo Clinic since 2003. Outside of work, Andy can be found running, hiking, snapping photos, and most importantly, spending time with his family.