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Press Start: Lead an Empowered Life as a Clinical Laboratorian

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...
Is Proficiency Testing Enough to Prove Accuracy?
July 4, 2015 6:07 PM by Glen McDaniel
Proficiency Testing (PT) is just part of life for most laboratories. Laboratories are sent challenges (unknown samples) which they test like patient samples and then submit their results. An agency like CAP then grades the result against those submitted Read More...
Who Inspects the Lab Inspectors?
June 13, 2015 9:02 PM by Glen McDaniel
Labs are used to being regulated. It seems they are always preparing for inspection by the state, CLIA or some accreditation agency-or two. Very often laboratories think inspectors are being too hard, or picky, or even plain wrong in the way they interpret Read More...
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...
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...
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...
What’s Your Lab Doing about IQCP?
October 8, 2014 9:41 AM by Glen McDaniel
Why do we run quality control in the laboratory? The simple, obvious answer is to ensure that the entire test system working together is able to produce reliable results. The rub lies in the concept of reliability. So we run QC based on manufacturer’s Read More...
What Do Doctors Want from the Laboratory- Part 2?
August 25, 2014 11:50 PM by Glen McDaniel
In the last blog we discussed a CDC survey addressing the difficulties many providers face in ordering and interpreting laboratory tests. The providers admit to having significant challenges in both ordering tests and interpreting laboratory test results. Read More...
Why License Tour Guides but not Laboratorians?
May 11, 2014 1:24 PM by Glen McDaniel
A recent article in the Economist made me chuckle. It covers in a deliberately humorous way, the story that tour guides in Washington, DC must be licensed, or face stiff fines. The idea is that a certain body of knowledge is needed and the public can Read More...
Answering Your Questions About Patients' Direct Access to Lab Results
April 5, 2014 11:48 AM by Glen McDaniel
Since my blog last month regarding to the HHS mandate that laboratories must grant patients access to their lab results on request, my mailbox has been inundated with comments and questions. A few questions were asked by more than one writer and so I Read More...
Is this Quality or Just Habit?
January 18, 2014 12:36 PM by Glen McDaniel
The Director of Nursing hotly defended her staff. They had in fact performed quality control on the point of care glucose meters per policy. They had dated and initialed the appropriate line on the sheet. What was the lab complaining about? What did the Read More...
Wanna Buy a Credential?
March 24, 2013 3:16 PM by Glen McDaniel
Since the ASCP took over the popular and progressive NCA in 2009, I have periodically received emails from medical lab professionals not happy with the merger for various reasons. Prompted by this overwhelming response, I have previously blogged about Read More...
How Will the Sequester Affect You?
March 7, 2013 11:35 AM by Glen McDaniel
With all this talk about sequestration everyone is bound to be concerned with how these spending cuts will affect them. Sequestration is such an odd word to be used Congress and picked up by the media as if it were a part of the regular lexicon. It is Read More...
How to Maintain a State of Continued Readiness
February 4, 2013 8:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
Generally I change the battery in my smoke detectors each year on the date we "fall back" to return to Daylight Standard Time I use this date as a convenient memory jogger to make sure I always have fresh batteries in what an essential part of my home Read More...
Healthcare, Separate and Unequal?
March 25, 2012 5:04 PM by Glen McDaniel
Two items of news caught my attention this weekend. Tomorrow the Supreme Court will start hearing arguments about the constitutionality of the healthcare reform law ; the so called Obamacare. Is the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (P.L. 111-148) Read More...


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