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How does our highly complex lab become a Blue Plus lab?
How does our highly complex lab become a Blue Plus lab? I was told that our lab could perform more lab testing if Blue Cross recognized us as a Blue Plus lab and not just a POL. You need to contact the ... read more
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I am working on a homework assignment for my college course. We use an LW Electronics, Inc. centrifuge in our Clinical Laboratory course. The question: What calibration service intervals are recommended?
For the centrifuge, the recommended interval is six months or as outlined by the manufacturer if more frequent. The tachometer speed and also the timer should be checked every six months. The inside of ... read more
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I have rounded up some Point of Care testing questions that have come across my desk lately and have decided to make this a Point of Care roundup
I have rounded up some Point of Care testing questions that have come across my desk lately and have decided to make this a Point of Care roundup. YeeHaw! And git along little doggies, as we ... read more
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What does 'meaningful use' really mean?
These days, doctors cant read an industry magazine or website without seeing the words 'Meaningful Use.' It's the buzz phrase at health care tradeshows and seminars everywhere, and with news ... read more
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We're finding the cartridge route no longer works. What equipment would you recommend we purchase?
That is quite a menu. Upgrading to non-waived testing involves many things. The Laboratory Director under non-waived testing must qualify. To meet qualifications, they must either have one years experience ... read more
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What are some good ways to document competency for employees performing lab work? We do an annual evaluation but worry if it is enough to meet federal guidelines.
Good news! There are things you are probably already doing that count as competency assessment. One of the best examples is Proficiency Testing. If you rotate PT to all testing personnel, it is an excellent ... read more
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I am a solo practitioner and worry about the federal changes being made to healthcare. Will the new healthcare legislation do away with in-house lab testing?
As it stands now, no. What the future holds is unclear. If the federal government does completely take over healthcare as a single-payer, government run plan, then it is more likely testing will slow ... read more
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My husband’s job caused us to move and now I found out I have to have a state license to perform lab work in the state we moved to. Is this common?
There are currently 12 states with laboratory personnel licensure (California, Hawaii, Florida, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Louisiana, Nevada, West Virginia, Montana, Georgia). Puerto ... read more
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I have a small POL and do throat and urine cultures and would like an easy and inexpensive way to legally dispose of culture plates.
I really don't know of a cheap or inexpensive way to dispose of bio-hazardous waste. Most waste disposal companies will pick up your waste based on the size of the container and not the weight. Locally ... read more
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Our lab is looking for a company to do proficiency testing on our Histochemistry stains/slides.
The CMS-approved Cytology Proficiency Testing (PT) Programs for calendar year 2010 are: - the College of American Pathologists, - the State of Maryland Cytology PT Program, and - the American ... read more
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I am looking for more sophisticated drug testing on site than urine dip cups. I would like something similiar to the equipment like the lipid analyzer, maybe radioimmunoassay technology?
There are several non-waived systems for drugs of abuse testing that can be used at the office lab level. However, all positive results from these available systems still must be sent to a reference lab ... read more
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What is the best way of disposing of bio-hazardous waste?
I really don't know of a cheap or inexpensive way to dispose of bio-hazardous waste. Most waste disposal companies will pick up your waste based on the size of the container and not the weight. Locally ... read more
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How are blood samples analyzed?
The hematology analyzer is an important tool for doctors. It is useful because it can answer many questions about different conditions. Here is a brief explanation to your questions. How samples are ... read more
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