American Association for Clinical Chemistry
Better health through laboratory medicine
2014 Thought Leadership Series: Free Online Courses

In 2014, clinical labs will continue to face a number of challenges: declining and changing reimbursement rates, expanding test menus, and fewer lab employees to handle the lab’s workload. In this environment, clinically relevant test selection, accurate test interpretation in the context of clinical findings, and common-sense testing/treatment policies can help medical institutions stay on budget. By helping their institutions improve these and other aspects of the patient care process, lab leaders can expand the role they play on the healthcare team, elevate the profession, and become more directly involved in affecting the quality of patient care. In 2014, the Thought Leadership Series, supported by a generous grant from Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics,  will explore a new, more integrated, more consultative model for providing clinical laboratory services, focusing first on five areas in lab medicine where integrating the expertise of lab leaders in the patient care process can make the most difference.

After attending each program, you will be given an opportunity to submit a question to the presenter online and to obtain 1.0 ACCENT Continuing Education credits for viewing the webcast. Here is the first topic.


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Expanding the Lab Leader’s Role on the Healthcare Team

In many institutions, the expertise of lab leaders is underutilized, underappreciated, and undervalued. By seeking out new roles on hospital committees and opportunities to participate in institution-wide policy development, clinical consultation, and the provision of full-service patient diagnostics, lab leaders can expand the role they play on the healthcare team, elevate the laboratory profession, and help their institutions save money. This webcast will address how healthcare service provider models in general are changing to meet the demands of today’s patients and payment systems, as well as provide a new vision of service for leaders in the lab profession. During the program, real-world examples of how lab leaders can participate more fully in the patient care process, how they can use their expertise to help their institutions improve the diagnostic process, and how they can become more involved on teams that are directly involved in the patient care processes will be provided.

The Experts:

Jessica Liu, Practice Manager, Research and Insights, The Advisory Board Company, Washington, DC



James H Nichols, PhD, DABCC, FACB, Director, Section of Clinical Chemistry, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Department of Pathology, Microbiology and Immunology, Division of Laboratory Medicine, Nashville, TN
Upcoming Webcasts in the Series
Standardizing Protocols and Policies for More Efficient Allergy Testing—May 28
Anemias and Hemoglobinopathies: What Lab Leaders Can Do to Enhance Diagnosis and Management—June 24

Clinical Consultation Opportunities in Pain Management—September 23

The Lab’s Expanding Role in Newborn Screening—October 21

Navigating the Complexities of Diagnosing and Managing Hepatitis Viruses—November 18


Target Audience
Laboratory administrators, directors, in vitro diagnostic industry professionals, laboratory managers, supervisors and clinical laboratory scientists who have an interest in learning about how to adapt to the changing healthcare environment.

System Requirements
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