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New Equipment Brings New Anxiety
May 23, 2013 10:09 AM by Penny Mehaffey
Finally we were able to purchase new equipment for the lab that I have been dreaming about! I am expecting installation to begin next week and training the week after. The prep work on our end -- checking the existing cabling and wiring connections for Read More...
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The Best Time to Plan Is Now
February 7, 2013 8:54 AM by Amy Reavis
It's still early in the year, and things move a bit slower. I find this is the best time for me to look over what worked and did not work over the last year and to plan a course of action moving forward. This year is particularly important as the economy Read More...
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Time for a Change in Work Scheduling
November 21, 2012 8:27 AM by Penny Mehaffey
NURSES BURN OUT ON LONG SHIFTS!! Well surprise, surprise, surprise, and to quote one of my favorite malcontent Disney characters, Diego, "I am not surprised, I am so not surprised, I think I am going to die from not surprise!" This article under this Read More...
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In the Middle of Patient And Referral Source Disagreements
June 14, 2012 9:53 AM by Amy Reavis
I received a phone call the other day from a patient who wanted a new CPAP machine. His was 10-years-old and knew he needed a new one. I told him to talk to his primary care doctor. The patient called me back and said that his doctor sent him to a pulmonologist Read More...
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How Do Sleep Labs Handle Bad Publicity?
May 2, 2012 9:48 AM by Amy Reavis
In the news this week, a pediatric sleep tech was accused of inappropriate contact with two underage children. The news channels jumped all over his role as a night-time tech who sets up children for studies, even though the alleged contact did not happen Read More...
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Time to Review Your Sleep Policies and Procedures
January 5, 2012 7:16 PM by Amy Reavis
Once a year I try to do two things. I review and update our policy and procedure manual to meet the new needs of our facility and I do technician evaluations so if there is any new education that needs to be done I can plan for the education during our Read More...
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Recommended Reading for a New Manager
August 18, 2011 7:49 AM by Amy Reavis
I believe that all great leaders are constantly learning and growing. I also believe that there are two great ways to do this. Read and Listen . I read every night as part of my night time ritual. I also attempt to listen to books on tape whenever I can. Read More...
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Personalized Care Improves Outcomes, Grows Business
May 26, 2011 8:51 AM by Amy Reavis
I had an experience getting some prescriptions filled: The technician was working with me to get a discount card to work that I could not use at another pharmacy. It turned out that the other pharmacy just did not know to make a phone call required to Read More...
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Evaluate Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats
January 20, 2011 7:22 AM by Amy Reavis
The beginning of the year is usually the slow time of the year. The patients do not want to pay their yearly deductible and many people are recovering from the holidays. I find this is the best time for me to look over what worked and did not work over Read More...
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Educating Future Sleep Managers
November 8, 2010 4:18 PM by Amy Reavis
The other day I had to work part of a night shift with two of my technicians. We had a patient that may have needed a little extra care, and I felt that another person might help to run the study better. When I got home, I posted on Facebook how impressed Read More...
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How Can You Nurture Sleep Techs With Low Self-Esteem?
November 1, 2010 1:29 PM by Amy Reavis
I believe one of the most important parts of management is to help to create future leaders. I don't think that nurturing new leaders puts your job in danger. It actually encourages people in my department to be better techs and to be more satisfied at Read More...
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Sleep Techs Need to Understand How Insurance Works
October 15, 2010 7:22 AM by Amy Reavis
Many sleep technicians don't know how insurance works. They don't understand what insurances cover and which insurances need authorizations before giving equipment or performing tests. To them, this is an issue just for the billing office and the scheduling Read More...
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Avoid Taking Shortcuts in the Sleep Lab
August 20, 2010 10:22 AM by Amy Reavis
I've been involved in sleep for the past 10 years, and I can tell you that I still measure every patient's head when I do a setup. My setups take between 45 minutes and an hour. I have never really gotten much faster than that. I think it's because I Read More...
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Work-Life Balance Is a Tricky Business
June 29, 2010 1:03 PM by Amy Reavis
Growing up, I was taught you always want to act like you run the business you work for. You want it to be successful, profitable, and have a great reputation. I always have taken that to heart. Yet now as I am getting close to another birthday, I wonder Read More...
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