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April 2012 Critical Values

April Critical Values focuses on Test Right

Thursday, April 19, 2012

The April 2012 edition of Critical Values is dedicated to the topic of appropriate laboratory testing. Pathologists and laboratory professionals are in a good position to help reduce healthcare expenditures but can only achieve that goal through cooperation with clinicians and other healthcare providers. Examples of inappropriate and overutilized tests are pervasive throughout both anatomic and clinical pathology and laboratory medicine. ASCP is working strategically with many organizations for improved use of tests, including the Choosing Wisely campaign that aims to help healthcare practitioners, patients, and other stakeholders develop sustainable solutions to stop the overuse or misuse of medical tests that provide little or no benefit. This issue contains many provocative articles that propose solutions for reducing overtesting, including those from ASCP President C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP; Curtis A. Hanson, MD, FASCP; James L. Wisecarver, MD, PhD, FASCP, and Thomas L. Williams, MD, FASCP; and Kent B. Lewandrowski, MD, FASCP, and Anand Dighe, MD, PhD, FASCP.


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