Did you know? In Version 8 of the IQMH Medical Laboratory Accreditation Requirements, a requirement (II.D.8) for utilization management has been introduced for the first time.
What to Look For:
Does laboratory management identify opportunities for utilization improvement through data analysis, feedback from users, and review of medical literature? Does laboratory management communicate these opportunities with users to promote the effective utilization of laboratory services? Does laboratory management monitor outcomes of initiatives and report results to users and facility administration (where appropriate)?
Assessors will expect to see evidence of:
When it comes to inappropriate utilization of laboratory tests, we might think of it as someone else’s problem. Here are some of the questions and comments we have received:
We cannot stop someone from ordering a test in most cases, but we can inform health professionals of better choices and the latest research on Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations. We can also get involved in lab utilization projects and influential committees.
Approximately one-third of all their recommendations apply directly to our profession. As well, we have created MLP-specific recommendations that you will want to check out!
Why does inappropriate utilization of tests, treatments and procedures occur, generally? Well, there are many reasons which have been studied8, including:
We are not limited to these few suggestions. It’s time to think beyond our traditional roles and cement the notion that ensuring appropriate lab tests and procedures is our professional responsibility. The volunteers who helped create the Choosing Wisely Canada recommendations for medical laboratory professionals have pulled together a list of ways you can contribute.