Laboratory medicine best practices : developing an evidence- based review and evaluation process. Final technical report 2007: Phase I.
Corporate Authors:National Center for Preparedness, Detection, and Control of Infectious Diseases (U.S.). Division of Laboratory Systems. ; Battelle Memorial Institute. ;
Funding:Contract No. 200-2001-00121, Task No. 0019
Description:Clinical laboratory services play a vital role in the delivery of individual health care and public health in the United States. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) certifies over 200,000 laboratories in the United States under the provisions of the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA).1 These laboratories provide more than 1,000 laboratory tests for human conditions; about 500 of these tests are used daily.2
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is committed to organizing a national effort to promote the use of best practices in laboratory medicine. In response to the Institute of Medicine’s call to improve quality in medicine,3 CDC’s Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS) is supporting the development of a systematic, evidence-based process to identify best practices in laboratory medicine.
This effort was undertaken in October 2006 when DLS convened the Laboratory Medicine Best Practices Workgroup, a multidisciplinary advisory panel including experts in laboratory and clinical medicine, health systems and policy research, performance measurement, and standard setting. The Workgroup was supported by a team from DLS and a contractor, Battelle Memorial Institute (Battelle). The goal of the effort is to develop a process
for making best practice recommendations that will assist professional organizations, government agencies, laboratory professionals, clinicians, and others who provide, use, regulate, or pay for laboratory services.
The process focuses on improving laboratory medicine by identifying and evaluating best practices that achieve the following:
• Enhance the quality of laboratory services and patient outcomes.
• Reduce redundancy and waste.
• Enable laboratories to define opportunities for quality improvement.
Suggested citation: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Laboratory Medicine Best Practices: Developing an Evidence- Based Review and Evaluation Process. Final Technical Report 2007: Phase I. Atlanta: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; 2008.
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