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  • AMT Partners with Kidney Fund in New Campaign

      According to a recent press release, American Medical Technologists (AMT) has partnered with the American Kidney Fund (AKF) to foster and promote collaborative work focusing on the role of allied health professionals in the prevention and treatment of chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease.   “Throughout ...
  • Lay Off the PSA, USA Medical Panel Advises

    The US Preventive Services Task Force is recommending that healthy men should not be routinely screened with the PSA test. There has been a buzz that this decision was in the offing for several years now, so the final ruling is not a surprise to  many. The logic of course is that the test has a high degree of nonspecificity and is ...
  • CSI Effect Sends Wrong Signal to Patients

    In recent years the legal community  has described a phenomenon called the CSI Effect.Based on the popularity of television programs like CSI, jurors as well as the public at large have come to expect that  every criminal case can be solved definitively in a short time with clear proof of innocence or guilt. Very ...
  • Contagion: A Nice Nod to the Lab Community

    I just saw the blockbuster movie Contagion and must say I was pretty impressed. When I watch a medical-themed movie, I always look at it with a critical eye. How factual is it? Is it authentic in terms of scenarios, equipment, procedures and vocabulary?I look for how realistically roles are portrayed. For example I tend to roll my eyes and become ...
  • MRSA Me

    Oh mercy, mercy me / Oh, things ain't what they used to be, sang the late Marvin Gaye. Since January of 2010 a Maine law has required hospitals to screen most patients for MRSA. We already look for MRSA if there is an infection, of course, but this is a prevalence study. Nurses ''hailed'' the law; epidemiologists were against it (my guess is, ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on April 28, 2010
  • Competition for Joint Commission-Finally!

    For years the Joint Commission has been the accreditor of hospitals including all its departments (including laboratories). Although many are not aware of it, even hospital laboratories accredited by CAP (College of American Pathologists) are also reviewed when their hospital is accredited. To many the review is transparent because Joint ...
  • CEO Issues Infection Challenge

    Paul Levy, president and CEO of Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, in his recent blog ''Running a Hospital,'' proudly published his hospital's nosocomial infection rate and boldly challenged other hospitals to do the same. He also threw down the gauntlet to insurance companies and state healthcare agencies. Nosocomial infections ...
  • Never Events

    New York Medicaid program has announced it will not pay for what it terms 14 ''never events.'' I recently wrote a blog discussing the fact that Medicare, a major healthcare payer, will no longer pay hospitals for the cost of care deriving from medical mistakes or nosocomial infections. State Medicaid programs have been hit with lowered federal ...
  • The Press

    I sometimes wonder why an evening newscast devotes so much time to what the weather might do and so little to all the neat stuff happening under all that weather. Then it hits me like an extra of the Times. The news is a mile-wide, inch-deep phenomenon. Journalists can't know everything, especially if understanding isn't condensable into ...
    Posted to Stepwise Success (Weblog) on April 18, 2008