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A little while ago I wrote a blog in which I referred to a great, balanced, intelligent article written about the medical laboratory and printed in The US News and World Report. That article was remarkable by its rarity. I asked my readers to respond directly to the writer, thanking her for a positive article. Many of ...
recent College of American Pathologists (CAP) Q-Probe investigated the level of
physician satisfaction with what the laboratory has to offer. I always find
satisfaction surveys instructive and this one was no exception.
Q-Probe is certainly not the first of its kind or scope, but is the latest. The study’s ...
I was speaking to a group of laboratorians
including a pathologist, and the conversation turned to laboratory inspections.
At first everyone was on the same page: inspections are a necessary evil in the
sense that it is important to have some neutral measure of quality, but the
inspections could be very stressful. ...
mantra of most laboratorians is, “We get no respect.” The wrenching truth about
that is that it is a self-fulfilling prophesy. We provide the majority of
empirical data used to make clinical decisions, we are among the most educated
of healthcare professionals. Yet the truth is we are under-recognized and often
underpaid, as ...
As we come towards the end of the year several publications generate lists, perform annual reviews and select the most newsworthy items for that year. One eagerly anticipated “contest” every year is the Time Magazine Person of the Year (POTY).
This year Time chose “The Ebola Fighters” as their POTY. “They risked and persisted, ...
Just a few short weeks ago, Ebola was the talk of the
town. Both the lay public and healthcare professionals seemed consumed with the
topic. Entire cottage industries were born to supply Ebola-proof personal
protective equipment (PPE) and to teach Ebola safety.
There was a CDC conference call almost daily to
Just a few short months ago Ebola was a disease in a far away continent. The greatest fear was that with our internationally mobile population a case or two might slip into the USA. Then 2 Americans in Liberia contracted the disease and were flown back amongst great fanfare to Atlanta's Emory Hospital where they were treated for several weeks, ...
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 payers have
adopted P4P as a way of curtailing costs while ...
medical laboratory science profession will be featured on the Leading
Edge, an award-winning program on public television that examines impactful
subjects and helps to educate the public about topics they might not otherwise
know about; or know very little about
glitzy, professional video ...
laboratorians we tend to be masters (and mistresses) of multitasking and
completing tasks. Ever wondered why we have so many checklists, worksheets and
forms? Computerization has simply moved some of that documentation to a new
so as scientists we do need to have checks and balances, we must ...