LAB OPERATIONS

Earning our Spot on the Patient-Centered Care Team

By Jennifer Dawson, MHA, FACHE, CPHQ, LSSBB, DLM(ASCP)SLS, QIHC, QLC  bio There is a lot of talk these days about integrating the laboratory into patient-centered care teams1 and about … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

Trap to Avoid: Asking Lab Employees about Their Latex Allergies

"Are you allergic to latex?" It seems like a perfectly legitimate thing to ask, especially to an employee who's expected to wear latex gloves on the job. The problem is that asking the question may … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

Compliance Perspectives: How to Implement a Respiratory Protection Program at Your Lab

Worker exposure to infection and hazardous substances is a constant and pressing challenge for lab managers. And if yours is among the many labs where workers are required to use respirators, you face … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE TIPS

Surviving a Medicare Audit: Warn Lab Staffers Not to Lie to Auditors

As a lab compliance director, you understand the dangers of obstructing a Medicare audit. The problem is your staff may not. So, make it clear to any staffer that may come into contact with an auditor … [Read more...]

FLSA

Case of the Month: Hospital Employees’ Wage Class Action Lawsuit Goes Terribly Wrong

It wasn't the outcome the four hospital employees envisioned when they filed their lawsuit charging the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center of violating the federal Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

TOOL: Model Employee Illness/Injury Reporting Policy

The OSHA Recordkeeping Standard requires you to record and potentially report work-related illnesses and injuries. Reporting of illnesses and injuries is also crucial to investigating, identifying and … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

Compliance Perspective: The Duty to Accommodate the Religious Beliefs of Employees & Job Applicants

YOU MAKE THE CALL SITUATION: A worker notifies management that he can't comply with hospital policy requiring all workers to get an annual flu shot because of his religion. He asks for permission to … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

TOOL: Model Religious Accommodations Policy

Mere tolerance of religious differences in the workplace isn't enough. Federal and state discrimination laws also require employers to take affirmative steps to accommodate the religious beliefs of … [Read more...]

CYBERSECURITY

TOOL: Model Employee Social Networking Policy

The purpose of this policy is to outline acceptable and unacceptable use of any computer equipment and other technology by all "employees" (as defined below) of XYZ Laboratories ("XYZ") as such use … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

Compliance Perspective: Keeping Employee from Damaging Your Lab on Social Media

In the cyber age, protecting your lab from the potential threat posed by employee blogging, tweeting, Instagramming and other social networking is a business imperative. But how? To find out, keep … [Read more...]


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