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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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CSI Effect Sends Wrong Signal to Patients
October 1, 2011 12:19 AM by Glen McDaniel
In recent years the legal community has described a phenomenon called the CSI Effect .Based on the popularity of television programs like CSI, jurors as well as the public at large have come to expect that every criminal case can be solved definitively Read More...
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Make it Easy to Do the Right Thing
September 19, 2011 11:18 PM by Glen McDaniel
In medical laboratory science -and in life in general- we tend to over-complicate issues. Making processes more difficult reduces productivity and (rather than ensure near-perfection as intended) might even be a safety risk in itself. As I wrote in a Read More...
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President Signs Executive Order for Regulatory Overhaul
March 19, 2011 10:52 PM by Glen McDaniel
In January, President Obama signed an executive order aimed at eliminating administrative obstacles to business and industry, saying he wanted to balance the need for regulation (to protect the public, for example) against the interests of economic growth. Read More...
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CMS Rescinds Physician Signature Requisition Requirement
February 22, 2011 6:13 PM by Glen McDaniel
I have always been a little uncomfortable with the saying "the squeaky wheel gets the oil." I understand the sentiment, but I did not philosophically agree that one had to be loud or confrontational to be heard. I have to say that in the case of the CMS Read More...
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Facebook Page Supports Personnel Licensure
January 13, 2011 2:49 PM by Glen McDaniel
Over the years I have written many articles about clinical laboratory personnel licensure, including several blogs like this one . I continue to believe that licensure is necessary for protection of the public's health as well as our scope of practice Read More...
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Don't Ask, Don't Tell Repealed
December 20, 2010 2:32 PM by Glen McDaniel
In a lame duck session, by a vote of 65 to 31, the US Senate voted to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell ( DADT )" a 17-year -old law that prevented gays from serving openly in the military. The bill now awaits the President's signature. For some, DADT is Read More...
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