WASHINGTON – Join AACC and leading experts in laboratory medicine and healthcare for a discussion of how harmonizing—or ensuring uniformity—among clinical test results can help patients get the care they need, and the policies needed to support harmonization efforts.
Speakers will address:
- Why It’s Important to Harmonize Clinical Laboratory Test Results
- Improving Patient Care: A Physician’s Perspective
- The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC’s) Success in Harmonizing Test Results
A serious healthcare issue today is that patients’ lab results can disagree depending on where their tests were performed and what diagnostic methods were used. Harmonizing test results is crucial to ensuring that patients receive accurate diagnoses and effective treatment. Ensuring uniform test results also reduces healthcare costs. As an example, the CDC’s Lipid Harmonization Program—which harmonized cholesterol test results—has generated savings ranging from $338 million to $7.6 billion per year, based on the economic value of the lives the program has saved annually. The laboratory medicine and healthcare communities are continuing to work toward harmonizing other critical tests, but coordinated action among many stakeholders, including Congress, is needed to build on the CDC’s success.
When: Lunch Briefing: 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Where: Room B-369, Rayburn House Office Building
- Moderator: Dr. David Koch, Emory University/Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta, GA
- Introductory remarks: Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS)
- Dr. Stephen Master, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY
- Dr. Darius Paduch, Weill Cornell Medicine, New York, NY
- Dr. James Pirkle, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA
RSVP: Email Christine DeLong at [email protected].
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