Test Utilization Management

Measure the Impact for Better Patient Care

Overutilization of laboratory testing is at an all-time high with an overall mean rate of 20.6% even as MORE TESTING does not always lead to BETTER PATIENT CARE. Widely read research findings have published that 70-80% of all medical decisions are based on laboratory results, yet many healthcare organizations have yet to prioritize the opportunity to impact physician capabilities, patient care and financial value for the hospital or health system.

Test Utilization Management

The Goal

The primary goal of any Test Utilization (TU) program includes ordering the right test, for the right patient, at the right time during the initial evaluation and on-going testing, using evidence-based standards that lead to fewer errors and better patient care. All hospitals and health systems should consider conducting due diligence and placing a focus on how testing can impact overall organizational efficiency by monitoring Test Utilization patterns based on evidence and using predictive data (Accumen Performance SuiteTM) to make improvements.

The Opportunity

Five Reasons Hospitals and Health Systems Must Prioritize Test Utilization Management to Benefit Patients, Physicians and Lab:

  • Clinical laboratory may only be 3% of the healthcare bill but, doing MORE tests does not always lead to BETTER patient care.
  • Data to support the impact of identifying opportunities for increased quality and containing costs is available to support TU based on evidence.
  • Effective TU programs develop achievement of best practices in testing and create a solid ROI.
  • Test Utilization programs lower test volume and supply costs with fewer errors.
  • The impact of TU programs results are clearly defined in financial opportunity and performance improvement
  • Clinical thought leaders are subject matter experts that will effectively educate medical lab/physician collaborations to improve how lab tests are ordered and used to deliver measurable performance improvements in patient outcomes while reducing healthcare costs.

  • Standard tools and training are utilized to ensure program adherence and identification in a shorter turnaround time

    • Effective and sustainable program infrastructure
    • Focused performance improvement
  • Business Intelligence (BI) tools that leverage evidence-based guidelines to determine appropriateness of testing with the following requirements met:

    • Ongoing reporting of results (ie. scorecards/dashboard), and maintenance to ensure all data and clinical evidence is current

More testing may not lead to better patient care

Accelerate better patient care by educating physicians on the RIGHT tests that lead to financial opportunity for your hospital or health system through implementation of a Test Utilization Program.

Resources

  • Video

    Laboratory Excellence Management – It’s in our DNA

    Accumen is passionate about profoundly impacting healthcare. We are “All Things Lab.” We are collaborators, innovators, problem-solvers, and high-performers. It’s who we are. It’s what we do. It’s in our DNA.   Accelerating value through consulting, execution, utilization, and growth. It’s who we are. It’s what we do. We are equally passionate about lab management…

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  • Infographic

    The State of Test Utilization Practices/Programs in Clinical Laboratory Infographic

    Participants in the 16th Annual National Hospital/Health System Laboratory and Outreach Survey indicated the current practices and the maturation of their programs. Take a look at the results and identify where your organization may be in developing a strategy to impact better patient care.

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  • Collateral

    Test Utilization Management: Measure the Impact for Better Patient Care Overview

    The primary goal of any Test Utilization (TU) program includes ordering the right test, for the right patient, at the right time during the initial evaluation and on-going testing, using evidence-based standards that lead to fewer errors and better patient care.

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