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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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Glucose or HbA1c..Who you Gonna Call?
March 1, 2014 1:28 PM by Glen McDaniel
I have the most instructive conversations with physicians and others outside of our profession. Some day I would like to write a book of such conversations and recommend its use as a discussion point for medical laboratory students. My friend the endocrinologist Read More...
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As Long as You Don’t Call my Instrument a Machine
February 22, 2014 3:15 PM by Glen McDaniel
I had witnessed this situation many times before, but I still paid attention. "It’s an instrument, not a machine, stupid,” the MLS yelled to the entire room in general, and no one in particular, as she hung up the phone. angrily. When questioned she explained Read More...
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Sounds Like a Personal Problem to Me
December 28, 2013 4:38 PM by Glen McDaniel
You might be familiar with the comeback, “Sounds like a personal problem to me.” That expression is usually used to quash a complaint or an excuse not living up to expectations. That expression came to mind recently. The weather is usually mild in Atlanta Read More...
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It’s Not My Job-Or is It?
November 24, 2013 4:32 PM by Glen McDaniel
No matter what your job is, it’s likely you periodically encounter situations that make you consider whether you should just look the other way or take ownership. This might range from a customer service issue with a patient, to an interdepartmental impasse Read More...
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Labs Are Vital 2.0 is Here
November 9, 2013 2:19 PM by Glen McDaniel
In 2006, industry giant, Abbott Diagnostics made a major investment in medical laboratory science by launching a campaign called Labs Are Vital. They spent quite a bit of money and expended human resources in setting up a website and trying to energize Read More...
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Here's Another Opportunity to Help Physicians and Patients
October 19, 2013 7:20 PM by Glen McDaniel
In a recent article , Dr. Diane Shannon talked very poignantly of the reason she left the practice of medicine. Shannon said she was burnt out and wanted to be another addition to the statistic that suicide is higher among female physicians than among Read More...
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Towards Independent Practice
August 3, 2013 9:31 PM by Glen McDaniel
Over the years, I have served on many hospital committees including the Pharmacy, Nutrition and Therapeutics (PNT) Committee. This committee is usually chaired by a physician and has tremendous input from an infectious disease (ID) specialist, microbiologist, Read More...
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Importance of Effective Onboarding
July 21, 2013 2:21 PM by Glen McDaniel
A few years ago I was part of a team appointed by a national hospital company to study and make recommendations for staff retention. The organization had a horrendous record for turnover; in fact in some key areas like nursing assistants the turnover Read More...
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Happy Independence
July 4, 2013 11:38 AM by Glen McDaniel
On July 4, 1776 the United States declared independence from Britain and a vigorous new democracy was born. This year we celebrate our 237th birthday and our founding fathers would be both pleased and disappointed at the state of the country. This experiment Read More...
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Laboratory Professionals Get Results
April 22, 2013 8:11 PM by Glen McDaniel
It is that time of year when we celebrate National Medical Laboratory Professionals Week (NMLPW). This is a week when the various, often competing, laboratory organizations join forces to honor the more than 300,000 medical laboratory professionals around 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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Don't Fear Workplace Conflict
March 10, 2013 6:23 PM by Glen McDaniel
One of the most uncomfortable situations for employees and managers alike is a workplace that has obvious conflict. We are taught to work as a cohesive team and lots of resources is spent on teambuilding. The word "team" is considered sacrosanct in fact. Read More...
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How to Overcome the Experience Requirement
January 27, 2013 6:31 PM by Glen McDaniel
New graduates especially are familiar with the frustration of looking at an ad for a dream job only to see the dreaded "experience required." In frustration, they argue, "How can I get experience if no one will give me a job, a chance to gain some experience?" Read More...
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Happy New Year
December 31, 2012 6:25 PM by Glen McDaniel
As 2012 draws to a close, it is common to look backwards over the past year and to set course for the year ahead. As my readers know, I am not one for making New Year's resolutions, but only because the practice is so contrived and ineffective, with many Read More...
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