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CMS Says Nurses Can Perform High Complexity Tests
July 31, 2016 4:38 PM by Glen McDaniel
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a memo that it sent to CLIA inspectors on how to interpret educational requirements. CLIA had always specified the minimum educational requirements for individuals performing laboratory Read More...
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Representing all laboratorians as “lab techs” hurts the profession
May 30, 2016 9:13 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago I went to the doctor with a friend. The nice young lady taking my friend’s vitals and medical history introduced herself as “Dr. O’s nurse”. I noticed her name badge read “RMA”- registered medical assistant. She was professional, competent Read More...
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Laboratorians DO Influence How We are Perceived
March 20, 2016 7:19 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few months ago the physician group American Osteopathic Association (AOA) which represents osteopathic physicians (they use the credential DO instead of MD) embarked on a branding campaign for their profession. Some clever marketer decided to use the Read More...
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Theranos Under Regulatory Microscope
December 22, 2015 8:04 PM by Glen McDaniel
Theranos has been in the news and has garnered both bouquets and brickbats because of its proprietary technology as well as its business model. This company started by wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes and valued in the billions uses small samples of blood Read More...
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French Hospitals Respond to Terrorist Attack
November 16, 2015 9:16 PM by Glen McDaniel
Through a friend in Paris, I was able to speak briefly with a medical lab scientist at the American Hospital of Paris . I was interested in getting an overview of how the hospital, particularly the lab, responded in the hours directly after the massacre Read More...
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Roche Launches Website for Lab Leaders
October 31, 2015 10:17 PM by Glen McDaniel
Like other professionals and interest groups medical laboratorians like to network and share challenges and wisdom with their colleagues. Social media has made sharing easier by developing professional websites and discussion groups. Very often the emphasis Read More...
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Are You Ready for ICD-10?
September 7, 2015 4:07 PM by Glen McDaniel
Come October 1 st , 2015 Medicare will only accept claims (with a date of service on or after October 1, 2015) if they have a valid ICD-10 code. Is your lab ready to meet that directive? Clinical laboratories are required to submit accurate and complete Read More...
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AACC Issues Position Statement on Personalized Medicine
August 8, 2015 10:14 PM by Glen McDaniel
The AACC recently issued a position statement on personalized medicine(PM). Much has been written about the emergence of a more individualized approach to medicine. Patients often present with a variety of symptoms for the same disease and react differently Read More...
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More Negative Press for the Laboratory
May 17, 2015 1:58 PM by Glen McDaniel
A little while ago I wrote a blog in which I referred to a great, balanced, intelligent article written about the medical laboratory and printed in The US News and World Report. That article was remarkable by its rarity. I asked my readers to respond Read More...
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New Direct Patient Access Law Ups the Ante
May 10, 2015 1:36 PM by Glen McDaniel
An ongoing debate within the medical laboratory science profession for several years now has been the idea of patients having direct access to the laboratory. A new law recently passed in Arizona allows patients to order their own laboratory tests legally. Read More...
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CAP Q-Probe Looks at Physician Satisfaction with the Laboratory
March 29, 2015 4:49 PM by Glen McDaniel
A recent College of American Pathologists (CAP) Q-Probe investigated the level of physician satisfaction with what the laboratory has to offer. I always find satisfaction surveys instructive and this one was no exception. This Q-Probe is certainly not Read More...
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Laboratory Inspectors: Using Peers Versus Employees of the Agency
February 15, 2015 3:39 PM by Glen McDaniel
I was speaking to a group of laboratorians including a pathologist, and the conversation turned to laboratory inspections. At first everyone was on the same page: inspections are a necessary evil in the sense that it is important to have some neutral Read More...
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The Laboratory: Operating Behind the Scenes
January 31, 2015 1:01 PM by Glen McDaniel
The mantra of most laboratorians is, “We get no respect.” The wrenching truth about that is that it is a self-fulfilling prophesy. We provide the majority of empirical data used to make clinical decisions, we are among the most educated of healthcare Read More...
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Person of the Year: The Medical Laboratorian
December 21, 2014 1:48 PM by Glen McDaniel
As we come towards the end of the year several publications generate lists, perform annual reviews and select the most newsworthy items for that year. One eagerly anticipated “contest” every year is the Time Magazine Person of the Year (POTY). This year Read More...
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Soon an Entire Lab on a Chip?
December 11, 2014 10:29 AM by Glen McDaniel
Bigger is not always better, it turns out. It seems our appliances, gadgets and instruments are getting smaller; or at least coming in smaller versions, even as they have more capability. I was watching an old crime movie this past weekend and burst out Read More...
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