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According to CMS, there were 229,815 laboratories in the
U.S. , in 2012, of which 150,256 were Certificate of Waiver sites. Stated
another way, this means that some 65 percent of laboratories in the U.S. do not
have any routine oversight. The number of waived tests has grown from just 9
tests in 1993 to 119 analytes using more than 5,400 test ...
few days ago I was speaking to a physician, an ID specialist, who shared how
frustrated he was with, as he put it, “pharmacists telling us how to practice medicine.” He is
a member of a healthcare organization which, like many today, has a fairly specific
formulary. Physicians are restricted as to the medications ...
AACC recently issued a position statement on personalized medicine(PM). Much
has been written about the emergence of a more individualized approach to
medicine. Patients often present with
a variety of symptoms for the same disease and react differently to the same
laboratory will play an ...
are differences all around us: at work, in society, and even in our own family
or circle of friends. We tend to focus on the differences a lot. Just look at
the news and see how all of societal ills are being blamed on those who are different
weekend I have been catching up on my reading. I just read ...
This is the time of
year when the major medical laboratory organizations hold their national meetings.
These gatherings are a great opportunity for laboratorians to get together with
their professional colleagues from around the country and also to listen to
major players in the profession and on the cutting edge of ...
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. ...
For several years now there has been talk
about a doctorate in Medical Laboratory Science (DCLS). This idea was advanced
by ASCLS to support the idea that medical laboratory science has a unique,
distinct, significant body of knowledge that MLS practitioners should be able to practice independently as do
other professionals with ...
The laboratory profession is changing so quickly that
sometimes it is hard to keep up. Not only are we impacted technologically with
new tests, new modes of communication and new venues for storing and retrieving
data, but we are seeing innovative use of advanced technologies for our routine
testing (hello, LC/MS?). In addition, our whole ...
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 ...
anyone reads my writing knows I am a huge proponent of a more independent practice
model for Medical Laboratory Scientists (and MLTs to a degree). A component of
that model would be closer interaction with physicians and a willingness and
ability to consult with physicians offering advice and information on medical