Issue: Volume XV No. 12 - September 8, 2008

Quality Management Systems (QMS) & Healthcare

OFF THE RADAR SCREEN OF THE LABORATORY INDUSTRY is an evolving management approach that gives unity to the mishmash of quality improvement tools that carry a variety of names, but have several common attributes. Soon lab directors and pathologists will be quite familiar with the concept of the “quality management system” (QMS). Wikipedia describes it …

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Two U.S. Labs Pursuing ISO 15189 Accreditation

CEO SUMMARY: In their first public interviews, the nation’s only two laboratories to seek ISO 15189:2007 accreditation share insights about the process, along with its challenges and benefits. Both laboratories are in the final stages of implementation and expect to earn accreditation by year end. Their achievement will represent the next advance in how laboratories …

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Piedmont Med Lab Mixes ISO with Lean & Six Sigma

CEO SUMMARY: Piedmont Medical Laboratory (PML) could be the only clinical laboratory ever to pursue three quality improvement initiatives simultaneously. Even as it was in the early stages of implementing both Lean and Six Sigma methods, PML also decided to seek ISO 15189:2007 accreditation. Since 2004, the lab has worked diligently to put all three …

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ISO 15189 Is the Goal at Avera McKennan Lab

CEO SUMMARY: Now entering its ninth month on the path to accreditation under ISO 15189:2007 Medical Laboratories, Avera McKennan’s lab recently completed its “gap analysis.” This important step prepared the laboratory for the pre-assessment and assessment steps that will result in accreditation. Leaders at Avera McKennan expect this achievement will provide competitive advantage to the …

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Health Record Databanks Are Different Than RHIOs

CEO SUMMARY: Forget CHINs from the 1990s and RHIOs from this decade. The future of regional health data repositories may turn out to be a patient-controlled model, often called a “Health Record Bank” (HRB). Here is the lab industry’s first look at this nascent movement. HRBs are under development in Louisville, Kentucky, the State of …

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Labs in British Columbia Meet Tough PT Standards

CEO SUMMARY: Facing a crisis due to several highly publicized deficiencies in lab testing, pathologists in Canada are using proficiency testing (PT) to improve standards. In British Columbia, PT is mandatory and every lab is evaluated every quarter. Pathologists in BC recommend that every province and territory adopt mandatory proficiency testing. Currently only British Columbia …

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September 08, 2008 “Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News”

Here’s an update on the issue of why pathologists working in independent laboratories will not be paid under the Medicare Physician Quality Reporting Initiative (PQRI). (See TDR, August 18, 2008.) Last week, Donald McLeod, a spokesman at the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, returned our call to discuss the issue and explain why …

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