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Lab’s Role in Pay for Performance
September 20, 2014 6:17 PM by Glen McDaniel
The concept of Pay for performance (P4P) is based on the use of incentives to encourage and reinforce the delivery of evidence-based clinical practices in health care; with the goal of better outcomes. As the cost of healthcare has skyrocketed, major 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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What Do Doctors Want from the Laboratory?
August 17, 2014 3:05 PM by Glen McDaniel
As anyone reads my writing knows I am a huge proponent of a more independent practice model for Medical Laboratory Scientists (and MLTs to a degree). A component of that model would be closer interaction with physicians and a willingness and ability to Read More...
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The Benefits of Intergenerational Teams
August 9, 2014 9:06 PM by Glen McDaniel
As the workforces ages we find many Baby Boomers (born 1946 to 1964) are retiring and the workforce is increasingly made up of younger individuals. The interesting thing about different generations working together is that values and even work ethics Read More...
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Controlling Laboratory Overutilization Through Formularies
August 2, 2014 3:03 PM by Glen McDaniel
The overutilization of laboratory tests continues to be the bane of laboratory and hospital management. Overutilization is troublesome for several reasons, of course. - Laboratory professionals are frustrated by clear misuse of tests and sometimes needless Read More...
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Are You More Than a Passive Technician?
July 26, 2014 5:59 PM by Glen McDaniel
I recently saw a discussion on a Medical Laboratory page on a popular social networking site. Someone started off a thread detailing an encounter with a nurse in which a request was made that was so ludicrous it was funny. Others weighed in with accounts Read More...
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What Message are You Sending?
June 21, 2014 3:33 PM by Glen McDaniel
In business school my marketing professor was fond of saying, “Marketing is everything.” It was tempting to see this view as the opinion of an overzealous marketer who was trying to convince students of the need to create complex and obtuse business/marketing Read More...
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Managing Cross-Disciplinary Teams is a Required Skill
May 31, 2014 8:43 PM by Glen McDaniel
Those of us in healthcare have worked in silos for so long it has become the norm. In fact we justify it by saying due to the complexity of our body of knowledge, others just will not understand. Physically and psychologically we are more comfortable Read More...
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There is a Great Need for More Useful MLS Research
March 29, 2014 5:45 PM by Glen McDaniel
I love science! I always have and I always will. So when I asked recently to be a judge at a science fair at a local college, I immediately jumped at the request. I was really impressed with the quality of the projects and the soundness of the research, Read More...
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HHS Publishes Final Rule on Patient Access to Their Lab results
March 16, 2014 1:21 AM by Glen McDaniel
Health and Human Services (HHS) has issued a final rule that requires laboratories to give patients access to their lab results. A few years ago Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius reaffirmed the Obama Administration commitment to patient-centered 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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It's OK to Say You Don't Know
November 3, 2013 2:37 PM by Glen McDaniel
I wish I knew everything, but I don't. On second thought: it would be pretty boring to have every fact at my finger tips and I never have to learn, to ask, research or dig for information. In any event, has someone ever asked you a question and you hesitated Read More...
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Find Your Passion, Find Your Niche
October 12, 2013 6:12 PM by Glen McDaniel
There is a lot happening in this country these days. As a medical laboratory scientist, I have been used to change, but it seems like the past few years have been typified by huge changes to many people I know personally and professionally. One of the Read More...
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Service Recovery is Part of Quality
September 15, 2013 1:50 PM by Glen McDaniel
In healthcare we often talk about quality. In fact we dredge that word up whenever we want to shame someone into doing whatever we want. In healthcare we tend to think of quality as something that somehow improves patient outcome and is often related Read More...
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How to Create a Great First Impression
August 25, 2013 2:54 PM by Glen McDaniel
One reality we have come to recognize is that most people evaluate you, and react to you in a certain way, because of their impression of you; not necessarily the reality of who you really are or what you can do. The first impression is especially important Read More...
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