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A HIPAA Dilemma
February 28, 2014 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is designed to protect a patient’s healthcare information from unauthorized disclosure among other things. Laboratories, for example , may do so “for treatment purposes without patient Read More...
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Your Manager is Alone
February 24, 2014 6:02 AM by Scott Warner
I’ve blogged about management myths -- many aren’t trained to be managers, for example -- but not about loneliness associated with the job. I discovered for myself last year that as a manager I’m alone, the cart before the cliche of being lonely at the Read More...
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The Power of Touch
February 19, 2014 6:00 AM by Scott Warner
We touch our patients. Our profession is not as hands on as some, but collecting blood samples and other procedures involves close contact and a physical touch. Here’s a question to ponder: how much do you touch your patients, and how much of that is Read More...
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Culture or Not?
February 14, 2014 6:01 AM by Scott Warner
Culture or not? is not a straightforward question. We tend to see specimen results while the rest of the team sees the whole patient. Recently we talked to a hospitalist about a urine culture that had been collected by the ED as a reflex urinalysis prior Read More...
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It’s All About the Customer
February 10, 2014 6:05 AM by Scott Warner
A lab receives a complaint from a surgeon that lab work was not done on a preop patient even though the lab requisition was faxed by his office staff to the OR. The problem is potentially big. The paperwork was faxed sometime in the middle of the week, Read More...
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Eat Breakfast, Work Smarter
February 5, 2014 6:13 AM by Scott Warner
We employed a temp doctor who loved terrible breakfasts. During rounds we would stop by the dictation room to update her on cultures and other issues, and she listened while inhaling a fast food breakfast sausage muffin egg and cheese thing wrapped in Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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