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Laboratory Effectiveness: Clinical Laboratory Utilization (Online CE Course)

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Author: Kevin F. Foley, PhD, DABCC, MT, SC
Reviewer: Dina N. Greene, PhD, DABCC

In this course we define laboratory utilization and look at ways that the entire laboratory team can contribute to the laboratories utilization goals. Possible solutions to common utilization challenges are explored. Structuring a laboratory utilization team is discussed along with ways that laboratory professions can help guide clinicians to prevent misuse of laboratory services.

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Continuing Education Credits

P.A.C.E.® Contact Hours (acceptable for AMT, ASCP, and state recertification): 2 hour(s)
Approved through 3/31/2022
Florida Board of Clinical Laboratory Personnel Credit Hours - Supervision/Administration, Quality Control/Quality Assurance, and Safety: 2 hour(s)
Approved through 9/1/2022


  • Define laboratory utilization or lab stewardship and its overall goals.
  • Discuss the scope of practice for the laboratory professional in a utilization management role.
  • List issues and potential solutions concerning major problem areas including:
    Outside (referred) lab testing, obsolete tests or tests of limited value, over-bundled tests, stat tests, the electronic medical record (EMR) as a tool, a lab formulary, frequency of testing, tests that should be restricted, and genetic testing.
  • Describe the structure of a laboratory utilization team.
  • Discuss ways in which the laboratory can help clinicians avoid underuse, overuse, and misuse of clinical laboratory services.

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Additional Information

Level of instruction: Intermediate

Intended Audience:  The target audience for this course is laboratory professionals (Medical Laboratory Scientists, Laboratory Directors, Pathologists, et.al.) who act in an administrative capacity or would like to increase their knowledge regarding laboratory administrative issues. The course is also appropriate for Clinical Laboratory Science students.
Author information: Kevin F. Foley, PhD, DABCC, MT, SC is the Northwest chemistry, toxicology, immunology and POC director for Kaiser Permanente. He also teaches pharmacology, clinical chemistry, immunology and medicinal chemistry at Oregon Health Sciences University. Dr. Foley earned his PhD in clinical pharmacology and toxicology at East Carolina School of Medicine in North Carolina. His research areas include cardiovascular risk and inflammation markers as well as the neuropharmacology of amphetamine-like compounds. He is a frequent contributor to several clinical laboratory publications and is active in the American Association of Clinical Chemistry.
Reviewer information:  Dina N. Greene, PhD, DABCC is a Clinical Laboratory R&D Scientist for Kaiser Permanente Regional Laboratories, Berkeley , California. She holds a PhD in biochemistry, cell, and developmental biology from Emory University and is certified by the American Board of Clinical Chemistry. 

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