Would you like to learn how data-driven interventions can improve laboratory test utilization in your organization? Would you like to hear about the impact that leading hospitals/health systems and managed care organizations have made through these interventions?
If so, download this on-demand webinar with utilization management expert Dr. Michael Astion, Medical Director at the Department of Laboratories at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Clinical Professor of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington.
In this 30-minute presentation, Dr. Astion discusses the current state of the misuse of laboratory testing in the United States and some of the interventions that are being implemented to improve it. He covers a number of common areas of unnecessary testing — from pure abuse to tests that could be useful but are ordered inappropriately.
- Two areas of laboratory testing where misordering of tests occur frequently
- Three interventions to improve the value of testing for patients
- The role of genetic counselors and other laboratory professionals in improving lab test ordering
- The national endeavor known as PLUGS, the Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Service
Michael Astion, MD, PhD
Dr. Astion is a clinical pathologist who is Medical Director, Department of Laboratories at Seattle Children’s Hospital and Clinical Professor of Laboratory Medicine at the University of Washington. For almost two decades he worked at the University of Washington, Department of Laboratory Medicine where he was a Professor and Director of Reference Laboratory Services.
His career is divided between clinical service, teaching, clinical service, and research and development. He has authored more than 20 software titles, 40 peer-reviewed papers, and 40 editorials. His software, which has been translated into several languages, includes both laboratory tutorials and competency assessment exams, and these materials are now used by more than 40,000 clinical laboratory workers annually in 1500 labs as part of the Medical Training Solutions laboratory training library. He is the editor-in-chief of Patient Safety Focus, which appears quarterly within AACC’s Clinical Laboratory News. He is currently working actively, through grants and intellectual property held by the University of Washington, with the insurance industry in the United States to create utilization management rules for clinical laboratory testing. In addition, he is one of the founders of PLUGS, the Pediatric Laboratory Utilization Guidance Service, a unique service that helps pediatric hospitals and clinics actively increase the value of lab testing. Dr. Astion is a frequent speaker at professional meetings, where he lectures on issues related to laboratory test utilization; test interpretation; laboratory economics and outreach; and medical errors.
His awards include:
- American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science Theriot Award for Excellence in Media, which he received twice for his educational software.
- AACC Annual Award for Outstanding Contributions to Patient Safety (2006)
- AACC Annual Award for Contributions to Management Science (2007)
- AACC Annual Award for Contributions to Education (2014)