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ASCP 2013 Chicago Seeks Solutions to Optimize Clinical Services and Improve Patient Care
Date:9/23/2013

Chicago (PRWEB) September 23, 2013

The national debate about ways to reduce unnecessary medical testing and healthcare expenses while improving patient care outcomes looms large in this era of healthcare reform, and three renowned physicians joined forces to propel the conversation forward during the ASCP 2013 Chicago Annual Meeting, Sept 18–21, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

“Inefficiency threatens the United States’ ability to deliver the highest quality of care to all patients,” said Lee Hilborne, MD, MPH, FASCP, DLM(ASCP)CM, who moderated a panel discussion Thursday, Sept. 19 on appropriate test utilization and the Choosing Wisely campaign, “Putting Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in the Driver’s Seat for Tomorrow’s Health Care.”

The pathology and laboratory community needs to “take charge of appropriate test utilization,” said Dr. Hilborne, Medical Director for Quest Diagnostics and Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles, who led the American Society for Clinical Pathology’s (ASCP) participation in the Choosing Wisely campaign which encourages physicians and their patients to discuss which diagnostics tests are really necessary.

“However, I maintain that this could be difficult because we are a referral-based specialty,” said Dr. Hilborne, who spearheaded the development of ASCP’s list of five overly-utilized or unnecessarily-utilized tests in the laboratory and pathology profession in support of the Choosing Wisely campaign.

Thursday’s session brought together two strong proponents of effective test utilization, Elaine Jeter, MD, Medical Director with Palmetto, GBA, LLC, one of Medicare’s larger insurance carriers in Columbia, S.C., and Gary Procop, MD, FASCP, Chairman of the Department of Molecular Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland. The session so
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