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CRI Lab Quality Advisor

Building Effective Educational Outreach
September 21, 2016 2:57 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
In a medical office setting, the general office staff is often part of the de facto laboratory operation due to their responsibilities related to initially seeing and communicating with patients. This includes the intake and update of patient information, Read More...
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Millennials Redefine Quality
August 31, 2016 4:23 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
The impact of Millennials’ interpretations and expectations of quality service from the healthcare profession in general—and laboratories in particular—continues to grow with each passing year. Now the largest generation demographically, Millennials are Read More...
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Value-Based Mobile Technology
June 22, 2016 2:21 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
Two powerful forces have converged to change the practice of laboratory medicine in ways never imagined a generation ago. These twin forces are the movement to value-based healthcare from the fee-for-service model and the rapid development of mobile technology, Read More...
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IQCP: Bridging QC and QA
May 11, 2016 2:50 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
It appears that there is still some confusion among laboratory personnel in differentiating QC from QA, and that this uncertainty has been compounded by the introduction and implementation of the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP). These are different Read More...
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Managing Your Inventory
February 22, 2016 11:52 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
The importance of properly managing inventory so that supplies for all phases of testing in your laboratory are available, accessible and in-date is critical, not only for providing quality patient care, but for the fiscal solvency, operational efficiency, Read More...
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Do You Speak IT? (Part 2)
January 11, 2016 11:35 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
Today, we continue with our discussion of commonly misused terms in healthcare information technology (IT). The recent and rapid development of this technology, as well as the evolving applications of these same terms, opens up the possibility of misinterpreted Read More...
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Controlling Specimen Identification Errors: A Quiz
October 26, 2015 10:55 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
It is a well-known fact by now that most laboratory errors occur in the pre- and post-analytic phases of testing and that these errors can have a significant impact on patient care. Often, these activities do not occur within the physical confines of Read More...
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Assess the Quality of Your Waived Testing
September 2, 2015 9:30 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
According to CMS, there were 229,815 laboratories in the U.S. , in 2012, of which 150,256 were Certificate of Waiver sites. Stated another way, this means that some 65 percent of laboratories in the U.S. do not have any routine oversight. The number of Read More...
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Different Shifts, Different Worlds -- Part I: Consistency Between Shifts
October 20, 2014 11:38 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
Have you noticed that when you work a different shift, it almost feels like you are working in a different lab? Whether we compare day/evening, evening/night or night/day interfaces, we often have different priorities, different responsibilities and different Read More...
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Right-Sizing Your Lab
June 19, 2014 11:35 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
When we discuss the characteristics of a quality laboratory, we naturally look at those areas of the laboratory operation encompassed by CLIA/AO requirements, including Personnel training and Competency Assessment, Organization, Instrument Verification, Read More...
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Not Another STAT, Please!
April 29, 2014 10:46 AM by Nancy Alers
Recently, CRI had a webinar, titled “Effective Laboratory Utilization: New Health Care Models,” and somehow the word utilization made me think of STATs. It made me remember the years when I was right out of lab school and was often stressed out every Read More...
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Waived Testing: The Last Mountain
January 20, 2014 11:08 AM by Irwin Rothenberg
Have you noticed how much more attention waived testing is getting these days? We know that CLIA has defined waived tests as laboratory procedures which employ methodologies that are so simple and accurate as to render the likelihood of erroneous results Read More...
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Proficiency Testing Proficiency
December 5, 2013 3:33 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
Proficiency Testing is an important part of any laboratory quality assessment program. It is an external assessment of your staff's performance by facilitating the comparison of your laboratory's test results with other laboratories using the same instruments Read More...
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Delegation Contraindication
August 7, 2013 1:08 PM by Irwin Rothenberg
The delegation of oversight responsibility to competent individuals is often a problem in smaller, especially office, laboratories where the only staff associated with the laboratory, beyond the lab director, is the medical assistant or nurse. One would Read More...
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The ABCs of Risk Assessment
July 3, 2013 1:45 PM by Nancy Alers
A few weeks ago we talked about CMS's new alternative quality control option also known as IQCP and how this new pathway will be implemented to phase out the current Equivalent Quality Control (EQC) policy. (See Risky Business ). As you probably recall, Read More...
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