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Dr. Hilborne

Appropriate Test Utilization Takes Center Stage at ASCP 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Too often convenience overrides common sense in health care. Clinicians may order a laboratory test instead of performing a complete patient history and a physical examination. However, many times it is preferable for clinicians to actually gather the “non-test information up front,” says Lee Hilborne, MD, MPH, FASCP, DLM(ASCP)CM, who will moderate a general session at the ASCP 2013 Annual Meeting, Sept. 18–20, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

“If the majority of healthcare decisions are made based on diagnostic tests that come from the laboratory, pathologists and laboratory professionals have a much bigger role to play in the discussions. What we are providing is diagnostic information on which treatment decisions are being made.”
— Lee Hilborne, MD, MPH, FASCP, DLM(ASCP)CM

The general session, titled “Choosing Wisely: Appropriate Test Utilization,” will feature Gary Procop, MD, an anatomic pathologist at the Cleveland Clinic, as one of several expert panelists. The session will take place from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 19. The entire meeting fee for individuals who register by May 15 is $599, a savings of $400.

“During the general session, we will discuss the Society’s involvement in the Choosing Wisely campaign and talk about strategies we must develop together as a profession to ensure the medical community is aware of the campaign and its messages,” Dr. Hilborne says. “This needs to be the beginning of empowering healthcare providers and patients to continue to ask questions about appropriate test utilization.”

Initiated by the American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Foundation, the Choosing Wisely campaign seeks to reduce negative consequences associated with the overuse of medical services. Unnecessary testing may lead to inappropriate treatment decisions and consume unnecessary resources. ASCP is one of 17 medical societies who joined Choosing Wisely and announced its five initial medical laboratory tests on Feb. 21, 2013.

Dr. Hilborne, 2011–2012 Chair of the ASCP Institute Advisory Committee, led the process of determining and defining the medical laboratory tests that physicians and patients should question as part of ASCP’s participation in the Choosing Wisely campaign.

Pathologists and laboratory professionals are in a position to help clinicians make more informed decisions about which tests are appropriate to use for specific clinical situations.   

“If the majority of healthcare decisions are made based on diagnostic tests that come from the laboratory, pathologists and laboratory professionals have a much bigger role to play in the discussions,” Dr. Hilborne says. “What we are providing is diagnostic information on which treatment decisions are being made. We assist the physicians and other clinicians in choosing wisely when they order these tests and need to make decisions on their patients’ treatment.” 

The ASCP 2013 Annual Meeting will feature more than 160 sessions and 200 hours of scientific education focusing on core curriculum, innovative science, and focusing our thinking beyond the lab. To read more about the Annual Meeting, visit www.ascp.org/ASCP2013


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