Laboratory Stewardship: Taking the First Steps to Downstream Savings

Wednesday, June 27, 2018 11AM - Noon MT
Wednesday, June 27, 2018, 11 a.m.–Noon MT

This presentation will delve into the concept of lab stewardship and its critical role for the future of laboratory medicine. Dr. Fletcher will also outline several strategies for implementing successful interventions to drive downstream savings in healthcare systems.

Learning Objectives
  1. Analyze ordering patterns to identify over, under, and misuse of tests.
  2. Estimate the clinical and economic impact of suboptimal test ordering.
  3. Identify opportunities to improve patient care with shorter times to diagnosis.
  4. Develop and implement a laboratory test formulary.
  5. Describe ways to establish client UM program governance and engage ordering physicians.
  6. Formulate strategies to minimize downstream costs through appropriate testing.

Andrew Fletcher, MD, CPE Andrew Fletcher, MD, CPE
Medical Director, Consultative Services

Dr. Fletcher is a board-certified anatomic/clinical pathologist and certified physician executive with significant experience in leading quality across an organization and reducing clinical variation to effectively drive safety and value. Most recently, he was instrumental in developing a utilization management program that captured over $1 million in cost savings within the first year and significantly improved downstream metrics driving utilization in various areas, including pharmacy, radiology, length of stay, and sepsis mortality. Dr. Fletcher has a doctor of medicine degree from the Mercer University School of Medicine in Georgia and is currently pursuing his MBA from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. He completed a surgery internship at the Geisinger Medical System in Pennsylvania, as well as a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology and a cytopathology fellowship at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Fletcher has received numerous awards for quality and utilization, including research grants for blood utilization.

Available Continuing Education Credits for this Webinar

  • P.A.C.E.® Credit (1)

The program has been approved for one (1) contact hour through ARUP, which is approved as a provider of continuing education programs in the clinical laboratory sciences by the American Society for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (ASCLS) P.A.C.E.® Program.

  • CEU for Florida (1)

This event is also approved for one (1) CEU of Florida credit and meets the requirements for the Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety .

Handout Link: Stewardship Handout.pdf