Laboratory Stewardship

What is Laboratory Stewardship?

  • Improving the ordering, retrieval, and interpretation of appropriate laboratory tests.
  • Developing, maintaining, and improving systems to provide proper financial coverage for medically necessary testing.
  • Studies have demonstrated significant rates of unnecessary or inappropriate test orders, and delays in (or lack of) result retrieval. 
  • To prevent hospital-acquired anemia, misleading test results and patient anxiety, and unnecessary costs to the health system and to patients.
  • Leadership commitment and governance
  • Data extraction and monitoring
  • Interventions
  • Review and improve

Reference: Dickerson JA, Fletcher AH, Procop G, Keren DF, Singh IR, Garcia JJ, Carpenter RB, Miles J, Jackson B, Astion ML. Transforming Laboratory Utilization Review into Laboratory Stewardship: Guidelines by the PLUGS National Committee for Laboratory Stewardship. J Appl Lab Med. 2017 Sep 1;2(2):259-268. doi: 10.1373/jalm.2017.023606. PMID: 32630981

UCLA Health Laboratory Stewardship Program

Pathology and Laboratory Stewardship Program Leadership

Lab Stewardship Leadership
  • Dr. Allison Chambliss, Laboratory Stewardship Task Force Co-Chair
  • Dr. Josh Deignan, Laboratory Stewardship Task Force Co-Chair
  • Dr. Omai Garner, Vice Chair, Clinical Laboratory Affairs
  • Alexander Martin, PA (ASCP), MHA, Laboratory Stewardship Task Force Co-Chair
  • Monique Trinh, MHA, Program Manager

Governance Structure

Lab Stewardship Task Force Governance Structure

The Laboratory Stewardship Task Force (LSTF) consists of key Department stakeholders to develop and execute goals that ensure patients get the right rest at the right time.

Lab Stewardship Oversight Committee (LSOC)

The Laboratory Stewardship Oversight Committee (LSOC) consists of key UCLA Health leadership to provide oversight to the LSTF and assist with systemwide implementation efforts.

Connect with Us

  • Test Directory
    • The UCLA Health Laboratory Test Directory is a great resource for information about available tests, specimen collection guidelines, qualified reference labs, and more. Please use this link to access the test directory.
  • New Lab/Test Requests
  • Lab Stewardship Task Force Suggestion Box
    • Laboratory stewardship requires collaborative teamwork to ensure patients get the right test at the right time! Do you have ideas to improve test utilization? Please use this link to submit your suggestions to the LSTF. All ideas (big or small) are welcome!