Tag: laboratory practice

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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Seven Deadly Sins of Lab Management Are Much Too Common

CEO SUMMARY: Pity the poor laboratory manager of today. Lab budgets are shrinking. It is difficult to staff adequate numbers of skilled medical technologists. Baby boomers are now retiring. At the same time, accreditation and licensure inspections are becoming tougher. Recently, an experienced laboratory management consultant polled her peers to identify the specific problems that

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Staunch Laboratory Advocate Retires After 31 Years of Service

LAST MONTH, THE LABORATORY INDUSTRY lost one its most dedicated, full-time advocates. With his retirement in January, Joe Boone, Ph.D., ended a 31-year career with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Boone started with the CDC in 1977. In 1992, he assumed his present position as Associate Director for Science, Division of Laboratory Systems

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Current Review of CLIA Standards Intended to Address Laboratory PT

EFFORTS ARE UNDER WAY TO REVIEW existing requirements for laboratory certification under the federal Clinical Laboratory Improvement Act (CLIA). CLIA legislation was a response by Congress to widely-publicized failings in the quality and performance of certain cytology and office laboratories during the 1980s. It has been 16 years since the existing requirements took effect.

It was

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“Coming Out” Party In Atlanta for IQLM

CEO SUMMARY: It was like a debutante ball for the fledgling Institute for Quality in Laboratory Medicine (IQLM). Over three days, thought leaders in healthcare and laboratory testing tackled the issue of how laboratory medicine can improve patient safety and contribute to higher-quality health outcomes. Key themes emerged with the potential to impact all laboratories

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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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Sysmex Anticipates Major Shifts In Laboratory Testing Market

“Innovating from our core technologies will lead Sysmex into very different areas of laboratory testing.”
—John Kershaw
CEO SUMMARY: Sysmex America, Inc. surprised many this year when it hired its own sales and service team and begin distributing its products directly to laboratories in the United States. In this exclusive interview, COO John Kershaw explains why Sysmex

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