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Direct Observation
June 22, 2012 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
We watch each other work all the time. But do we observe? According to CLIA, the Technical Consultant is responsible for evaluating personnel competency i.e. “direct observation of routine patient test performance, including patient preparation, if applicable, Read More...
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Is Competition Bad?
April 9, 2012 6:16 AM by Scott Warner
There’s an old joke I like in which two hikers discover a bear in the woods. The bear spots them and starts running at them full tilt. One of the hikers immediately drops his backpack, pulls out a pair of sneakers, and starts removing his boots. “What Read More...
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Sign Here
August 9, 2010 6:08 AM by Scott Warner
Unsure if requisitions require signatures? The Federal Register for July 13th has this interesting proposal from CMS: We are proposing to require a physician's or NPP's* signature on requisitions for clinical diagnostic laboratory tests paid on the basis Read More...
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Competency
September 30, 2009 7:04 AM by Scott Warner
According to CLIA (Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments) Sec. 493.1413(b)(8) , the technical consultant is responsible for "evaluating the competency of testing personnel." There are a number of ways to do this: direct observation, review of records, Read More...
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Maine's HealthInfoNet
January 31, 2008 9:45 AM by Scott Warner
The first statewide electronic health information system, HealthInfoNet , was recently unveiled in Maine as reported here . This is a logical application of technology, an accelerating trend of making healthcare information--including prescriptions--available Read More...
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    Scott Warner, MLT(ASCP)
    Occupation: Laboratory Manager
    Setting: Critical Access Hospital
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