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  • Mobile Technology in Critical Value Reporting

    One of the key areas of laboratory-to-physician communication is the reporting of critical values. Since regulators and accreditation organizations define critical values as abnormal test results that are potentially life-threatening and require a rapid response from caregivers, any steps taken to improve this process impacts the quality of ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on October 17, 2016
  • What’s in it for Me?

    Lately, there has been a lot of talk about the importance of professional organizations on lab social media pages in response to CMS saying that nurses can perform high complexity tests. It seems to me that there is a lot of confusion about how professional organizations work. People are concerned that nurses will always out lobby us on issues ...
    Posted to New to the Lab (Weblog) on August 24, 2016
  • IQCP: Bridging QC and QA

    It appears that there is still some confusion among laboratory personnel in differentiating QC from QA, and that this uncertainty has been compounded by the introduction and implementation of the Individualized Quality Control Plan (IQCP). These are different concepts, and it is important to understand these differences—both from the ...
    Posted to CRI Lab Quality Advisor (Weblog) on May 11, 2016
  • More Than Just a Number

    To work in the clinical laboratory profession is to be someone that upholds the highest standards of quality and patient safety, right? I think the majority of my colleagues would agree with that. Working in our profession, we do have the ability to say honestly that we save lives every day, but there is something about that statement ...
    Posted to New to the Lab (Weblog) on May 2, 2016
  • Consequences of Flint’s Water Crisis, Part 2

    A major challenge facing the Flint community in years to come will be identifying which children are at the highest risk of contamination-related problems and determining all future evidence of injury. This will be critical because, even after lead exposure stops, the effects could last for years—or can even become permanent. Making future ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on March 16, 2016
  • Consequences of Flint’s Water Crisis, Part 1

    No one expects having to fear consumption of their local water supply. Yet residents of Flint, Mich., are currently experiencing just that due to the city’s self-induced water crisis. After dangerous amounts of lead were found in Flint’s drinking water, a state of emergency for the area was declared. This water crisis stems from the city ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on February 17, 2016
  • Sunshine Act on Cloudy Finances

    The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, has already seen several new laws and regulatory measures introduced since its implementation, with many more soon to be on the horizon. One of these is the Sunshine Act, a law requiring public disclosure of any financial agreements between healthcare vendors and providers. Recent ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on January 29, 2014
  • CMS Reconsiders Reimbursement Cap

    Across the country, laboratories and laboratory professionals have been bracing themselves for substantial cuts to Medicare reimbursements planned to move forward in the coming year. According to a press release from ASCP, the proposed cuts would have limited reimbursements for some laboratory tests by up to 80 percent, reducing total revenue ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on December 19, 2013
  • Genetics and Litigation

    In recent months, there has been a lot of litigation and government influence regarding companies offering genetic sequencing services. Following the memorable SCOTUS ruling against Myriad Genetics in June and the company’s subsequent law suit involving Ambry Genetics, the FDA joined in on further regulatory disputes with a cease-and-desist ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on December 11, 2013
  • AACC Urges Action

    The AACC is urging laboratory professionals to contact their members of Congress and request that they support H.R.1248, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, which would preserve recent advances in state newborn screening programs. Earlier legislation contributed to a dramatic expansion in newborn screening for treatable ...
    Posted to ADVANCE Discourse: Lab (Weblog) on May 21, 2013
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