A COMPLEX Decision

When a newer model instrument is acquired that replaces an older model, several considerations should have been taken into account, including cost per test, operator time and involvement,  processing time, maintenance and calibration requirements, and result  reporting systems.  But that is not all.   It is common practice to substitute reagents manufactured by another company that…

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Understanding the new CMS Individualized Quality Control Plan Interpretive Guidelines

On Aug 16th, 2013 CMS published a memorandum describing the interpretive guidelines for IQCP, the new alternative quality control option that will be replacing EQC. The Individualized Quality Control Plan policy outlines how laboratories will have to device a quality control plan based on risk management for each qualifying test. CMS has determined that all…

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Delegation Contra-indication

The delegation of oversight responsibility to competent individuals is often a problem in smaller, especially office,  laboratories where the only staff associated with the laboratory, beyond the Lab Director,  is the medical assistant or nurse.  One would expect that when the Laboratory Director wants to delegate specific QA and other monitoring /oversight responsibilities, that the…

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