The curriculum in laboratory management has two components. One is an economic component that addresses the business of laboratory medicine. The resident will learn about fixed costs, variable costs, cost per test vs. cost per reportable, how to make decisions regarding instrument purchase and instrument maintenance. The resident will learn about coding for laboratory tests, reimbursement for services from public and private payers and how reimbursement affects many of the decisions a laboratorian must make. Exercises in lean technology and six sigma as applied to laboratory medicine are part of the curriculum. Throughout all four years, the resident will be involved in daily decisions regarding laboratory management.
The second component of the laboratory management curriculum focuses on quality and patient safety. The resident will learn how to develop a total quality management plan that covers pre-analytic, analytic and post-analytic variables of laboratory testing. Compliance with CMS and CLIA regulations is a major component of laboratory management and residents will have an opportunity to participate in both a mock-CAP inspection and a live inspection at least once during their four years. Quality aspects of both Anatomic and Clinical Pathology will be covered.