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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Incentivizing Prevention: ACOs and the Clinical Laboratory

Incentivizing preventive practices is exactly the principle behind Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and other initiatives forging a new healthcare delivery landscape in the US.  But what exactly is an ACO? CMS defines ACOs as a group of doctors, hospitals, and other health care providers, coming together voluntarily to give coordinated high quality care to Medicare…

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Is There Enough Room To Swing A Cat?

While many of us have had the good fortune to work in modern laboratory settings, with adequate work space, newer instrumentation, lots of storage room, and computerized information systems,   a significant number of our laboratories are not “there”.  It is axiomatic that a safe workplace environment, coupled with adequate resources,   and space for efficient workflow,…

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