The ARUP Institute for Learning is committed to supporting educational events that advance the practice of laboratory medicine and improve quality patient care by providing guest speakers at local and regional meetings. Listed below are the current events where the Institute for Learning is providing sponsored speakers.
Robert Schlaberg, MD, MPH
Update on Laboratory Diagnosis of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
This session will provide an overview of recent in STD incidents and diagnostic test applications, describe the problem of multi-drug resistant Neisseria gonorrhoeae and implications for clinical laboratories, and review evidence for the utility of testing extragenital sites for N. gonorrhoeae and C. trachomatis.
David G. Grenache, PhD
Clinical Chemistry and the Pregnant Patient
Screening for Gestational Diabetes Mellitus: Challenges and Controversies
Ken Curtis, BS, PBT (ASCP)
Avoiding Specimen Collection Errors
This presentation focuses on identifying common specimen collection issues and strategies for preventing these errors. We will discuss common errors in patient identification, phlebotomy techniques, and specimen labeling. We will also discuss identifying collection issues via pre-analytical processes, training for accuracy in collection, and monitoring improvement.
Chérie V. Petersen
The laboratory plays an invaluable and enormously significant role in patient care. Given the laboratory’s valuable, what’s the one thing that could destroy it in a heartbeat? Communication issues! Laboratorians have all of this great, specialized expertise; however, sometimes the delivery sabotages the value. This session engages participants in a highly energetic, narrowly focused, interactive, humorous approach that allows them the opportunity to distinguish some of the bio-hazardous communications they engage in and then address more effective strategies to communicate their information, knowledge, and expertise.
Kamisha Johnson-Davis, PhD, DABCC
Drug Abuse Testing in the Clinical Laboratory
Overview of Toxicology
Joe Miles, MT(ASCP), MHS
Implementing a Diagnostic Utilization Management Program
As healthcare moves away from payment for volumes of services to systems of paying for performance and quality outcomes, hospitals and healthcare systems are focusing on becoming value-based organizations. All entities within healthcare are under tremendous pressure to reduce waste and assist physicians to become more efficient and achieve the best patient outcomes sooner with less variation from accepted practice norms and guidelines while controlling and reducing the total cost of care. Establishing an early and accurate diagnosis is the first step in reaching these overarching goals. This means using diagnostic tests and tools effectively, performing the right diagnostic test on the right patient at the right time and in the right sequence and at the right economics. Progressive organizations are preparing for the shift to greater risk sharing reimbursement arrangements by developing diagnostic utilization management programs. These programs include the development of test formulary and the institutional policies that support the implementation of the formulary as well as the governance structure required to manage the program.
Bullying in the Workplace
Lucinda Manning, BA, MT(ASCP), RN
When Professionals Meet: Bridging the Gap Between the Laboratory and Nursing
Ms. Manning will give a comparison of the differences in learning in the laboratory and nursing professions. She will share personal examples of the struggles each profession has in understanding each other. She will also discuss practical ways to bridge the gaps in understanding between the two professions. There will be time during the presentation to discuss the issues you may be facing within your own organizations in regards to the laboratory/nursing interactions and ways to enhance those relationships. Ms. Manning encourages the audience to be interactive and to share problems as well as best practices and successes in bridging the gap between these two professions.
Robert Schmidt MD, PhD, MBA
Casey Leavitt, MBA
Implementing a Test Utilization Management Program: Combining Medicine and Management
This presentation will examine test utilization from both a medical and managerial perspective, focusing on information that guides utilization management efforts, such as inappropriate test ordering, and how tiering can be used to guide interventions. Also discussed will be various interventions used to control utilization, including their advantages and disadvantages, as well as managerial approaches to the implementation of a successful utilization program. Finally, case studies illustrating how effective utilization management can reduce costs and improve the quality of care will be presented.
Sarah South, PhD
Advances in Copy Number Detection by FISH and Microarray
Karen A. Brown, MS, MLS (ASCP)CM
Hematology M & M’s: Morphology and Mystery
Hematology instrumentation has advanced to now routinely include a five-part differential and, in some laboratories, automated cell image analysis. Yet, a manual examination of the blood smear is still an essential procedure that provides valuable diagnostic information. This session will use case studies to define important morphologic variation and physiologic processes in selected disease conditions.