Tag: laboratory employee

Standard Bar Code Labels Can Reduce Lab Errors

CEO SUMMARY: Standardization of bar code labels is a concept whose time has come. After implementing CLSI standard AUTO12-A, first-mover clinical labs report fewer specimen identification errors, a reduction of costs associated with specimen handling errors, and a boost in lab productivity. Moreover, accrediting bodies such as The Joint Commission and the College of American

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CMS and CAP Comment On CLIA PT Matters

CEO SUMMARY: Federal regulators rely on interpretations from administrative law judges (ALJ) for guidance in how to apply the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) as they pertain to proficiency testing (PT) and the issue of inadvertent PT referrals. Representatives of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the College of American Pathologists (CAP)

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Victim of First HIPAA-Convicted Crime Tells Story & Offers Advice to Labs

“I figured the hospital would be subject to a multi-million dollar HIPAA lawsuit if my hospital records were proven breached—which is exactly what happened.”
—Eric Drew, cancer patient and patient identity theft victim
CEO SUMMARY: Eric Drew’s story may be one of the most amazing to have happened in the modern age of laboratory medicine. It is

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Is Nation’s Best Quality Laboratory in Arizona?

CEO SUMMARY: Without much fanfare or public attention, one lab is achieving recognition for quality and service excellence possibly unmatched in the clinical laboratory industry. In 2003, Sonora Quest Laboratories received Arizona’s Pioneer Award for Quality—the first healthcare provider in Arizona to win that award. Its next goal is to achieve the state’s highest honor,

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Florida Labs Face Off With Hurricane Charley

CEO SUMMARY: Hurricane Charley not only validated long-standing laboratory emergency contingency plans, but it introduced new issues. Even two weeks after the hurricane, hospital labs in the most affected communities continue to deal with storm-related problems. One issue is that damaged physicians’ offices are closed, making it a challenge to report lab test results on

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Molecular Diagnostics’ “Gap in Expectations”

CEO SUMMARY: This year’s Executive War College provided strong evidence that the twin trends of molecular diagnostics and Lean management methods are taking root within the laboratory industry. Each is a trend in its infancy. Molecular diagnostics will require considerable time before it exerts substantial impact on labs across the country. In contrast, Lean management

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Baltimore Hospital Lab Problems Put Spotlight On CAP Inspections

CEO SUMMARY: Here’s an exclusive peek into a three-year battle between medical technologists wanting to do the right thing and a laboratory manager—backed by hospital administration—who aggressively stifled well-justified dissent. It is an inside look at one of the most grievous failures of a hospital-based laboratory in several decades. By knowingly reporting unreliable test results,

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