Good Laboratory Decisions for Better Patient Care - LMDDECSN12W.2019
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This activity is intended for laboratory medical directors, section supervisors or managers, and anyone interested in learning more about laboratory management and operations.

Credit Type: CE, CME
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Launch Date: December 12, 2019
Expiration Date: December 12, 2022 12:00 AM (ET)
Pricing: Junior Member Fee: $10.00
MOC Category: Medical Knowledge, Patient Care

In this activity, we work on the premise that the “test” is the fundamental operational unit of the laboratory and that test data provides critical information on how well the lab is performing and consequently on the quality of patient care provided. The careful analysis of this data and your medical knowledge are keys to making decisions about the scope and quality of laboratory services. Through situational scenarios, you will consider several aspects of laboratory services, including reporting results, choosing a reference lab, analyzing test utilization, responding to new test requests, and validating new tests.

After you’ve completed each module, a summary will be available for you to download and print.

Self-study modules include:

  • The Role of the Laboratory Medical Director (10:00 minutes)
  • Are These Test Results Correct? Specimen Collection and Transportation (10:00 minutes)
  • LMD’s Role in Test Results Interpretation (10:00 minutes)
  • How to Properly Format Result Reports (10:00 minutes)
  • Selecting and Using Reference Laboratories (10:00 minutes)
  • Are These the Right Tests? Monitoring Test Utilization(10:00 minutes)
  • Forming a Test Utilization Committee and How They Function (10:00 minutes)
  • How to Identify the Best Tests for Your Laboratory (10:00 minutes)
  • LMD’s Role in Test Validation or Verification Studies(10:00 minutes)

After completing this activity, you should be able to:

  1. Describe the laboratory medical director’s (LMDs) role in ensuring all phases of laboratory testing are properly performed.
  2. Explain specimen collection, and the importance of correct patient identification as a part of the preanalytical phase of laboratory testing.
  3. Illustrate the role of a laboratory medical director as a consultant in test interpretation as a part of the postanalytical phase of laboratory testing.
  4. Discuss how the test results are presented and the elements of a test report.
  5. Identify the criteria for selecting a reference laboratory.
  6. Use relevant data to assess the value and appropriateness of laboratory testing to improve patient care and enhance laboratory services.
  7. Explain how to form a test utilization committee and its functions.
  8. Describe the process to review new and current laboratory tests to determine if they meet clinical needs while acknowledging laboratory resources.
  9. Discuss the LMD’s role in new test verification or validation studies.

CME/CE Information
Accreditation: The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME) to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

CME Category 1: The College of American Pathologists designates this internet enduring material educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

CE (Continuing Education for nonphysicians): The CAP designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 credit(s) of continuing education. Participants should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

This activity is approved for continuing education credit in the states of California and Florida.

The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Board of Certification (BOC) Certification Maintenance Program (CMP) accepts this activity to meet the continuing education requirements.

Completion Requirements
You must answer the assessment questions and complete the evaluation to claim credit and print your certificate.

Payment Information
To pay with a check, print a copy of this page and send it with your check to the address below. You will be notified when your payment has been processed and you have been registered into the activity.

College of American Pathologists
CAP Learning
325 Waukegan Road
Northfield, IL 60093-2750

Refund Policy
Refunds will be handled on an exception basis. Please submit your request to the CAP in writing via email at or fax at 847-832-8006.

Technical Requirements
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CAP Learning has recognized that some Veteran’s Administration, US Government, and military participants may have difficulty accessing the online assessment portion of this activity. If you experience difficulty or have any questions, please contact a representative of the CAP Learning Division at 800-323-4040 option 1 or

This activity and evaluation are available December 12, 2019, and expire December 12, 2022, at 12:00 AM (ET). You must claim credit by this date and time.


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Good Laboratory Decisions for Better Patient Care