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How to keep sick staffers at home and healthy ones at work
American Medical Association    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
How does a medical practice encourage staffers to call in sick — but only when appropriate to prevent decreased productivity and the spread of infectious disease? Most healthcare employers offer at least some paid time off — with the option of sending home an ill employee if necessary — but how it is structured may meet the needs of some practices better than others. Some may find separating sick and vacation time minimizes absenteeism, presenteeism (the human resources term for people who show up when they're too sick to work) and abuse of the time-off rules. Others function better if paid time off is bundled into one package. More

ThinkLab '12 registration is open
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Register today for ThinkLab '12, the only gathering of clinical laboratory management professionals with education focused on helping you become proficient in your job role. Stay at one of the CLMA ThinkLab hotels to save an average of $300. Hotel name and confirmation number is required when registering for ThinkLab '12 in order to receive the discount rate. Visit the ThinkLab '12 Registration Web page and register today. More

10 tips to simplify your work day to avoid burnout
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As business pros, it's our nature to overload our schedules with tasks, goals and responsibilities. We want to make the most of our time, which is understandable as we are nearly always busy and our time is valuable. However, because of this, we can easily become overwhelmed, burned out and over-stressed. When we feel this way, we are increasingly unproductive, which causes us to be even more stressed and overwhelmed. More

Register for Leap Toward Safer Venipunctures audioLab, Feb. 29
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Attend upcoming audioLab sessions to gain the most relevant information presented by prominent industry speakers on lab operations and management, patient care and medical best practices, and billing and advocacy. Learn policies, procedures and practices that phlebotomists and their managers can implement to minimize their risk of litigation in Leap Toward Safer Venipunctures, presented by Dennis Ernst of the Center for Phlebotomy Education, on Wednesday, Feb. 29 at 1 p.m. EST. Learn more and register today. More

Structured data capture for non-interfaced labs

Learn how Aurora Advanced Healthcare is using LabDE to improve lab data entry workflow and increase data interoperability. LabDE automatically recognizes and highlights blocks of crucial text, including test name, code, value units, reference range and flags, and incorporates these fields as structured data into the EHR/LIS. Watch the video.

Are you sabotaging your own career?
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Several people were talking about the frustrations of waiting for someone to do their job. You see it time and time again yet still find it surprising that some people just don't realize how damaging some actions can be to a career, a reputation and a personal brand within your industry. More

AMA survey reveals that physician interest lags in ACO participation
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In its own news service, the American Medical Association reports lagging interest by physicians when they are asked about their participation in accountable care organizations. This survey of AMA members was conducted last fall. According to an article, this survey found that — although many physicians are familiar with the concept — a significant number of them indicate they will either opt out of an ACO or unsure whether they will participate in an ACO. As most pathologists and clinical laboratory managers know, Medicare officials have high hopes that accountable care organizations can help providers deliver a higher quality of patient care, while better managing the overall cost of that care. By design, ACOs tie provider reimbursement to achieving specific patient outcome goals and reductions in the total cost of care for an assigned population of patients. More

Why emotional intelligence is just a fad
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Who wouldn't want to work for a boss who's empathetic, self-aware, socially adept and highly motivated for all the right reasons? And what board of directors wouldn't want their CEO — better yet, the entire management team — to have all those emotional intelligence traits? It's a no-brainer, right? Not exactly. You've seen loads of management concepts over the decades. Some were research-based while others came from popular books. Some were fads that more or less came and went and others stuck around for a while. But nearly all ended up being far more limited and far less useful than originally advertised. More

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CIOs need to engage doctors in ICD-10 transition
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Healthcare systems preparing for the ICD-10 transition are still not devoting enough attention to preparing physicians for the clinical documentation that will be required when the number of diagnosis codes jumps from 14,000 to 68,000 next year. That's one of the conclusions that Heather Haugen, corporate vice president of the Breakaway Group, a health IT consulting firm, and Breakaway CEO Charles Fred reached after they conducted a CIO focus group. More

2 factors that define great leaders
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As small business owners, all of us are leaders. When we dissect the definition of leadership, it becomes clear that it applies equally whether we manage a company with 500 employees or one where we are the only employee. It can be argued that leadership is an amalgamation of several characteristics or traits. You could debate either side of that argument if it was preceded by the word "successful," but the bottom line is that leadership can and should stand on its own. More

Study shows work coaching helps depressed employees, increases job productivity
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
A work-focused, telephone counseling program for depressed employees not only improves depression, but also leads to increased productivity and decreased costs, reports a study in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, official publication of the American College of Occupational and Environmental Medicine. Debra Lerner, MS, Ph.D., of Tufts University and colleagues evaluated the program, called the Work and Health Initiative. More

How to lead through uncertainty
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The recent stock market rally and more positive U.S. employment data have raised hopes that we are in the midst of a strengthening economic recovery. Yet the U.S. unemployment rate is still over 8 percent, Europe appears to be heading for a recession, and we know the U.S. budget deficit is at record levels and will have to be addressed. With these conflicting signals, you are probably trying to figure out whether to plan for a stronger economy or be more fearful that we might have another recession. Given this uncertainty, how should you manage yourself and your business? More

10 employee types that drive managers crazy
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You've had employees you've wanted to strangle. You've also had CEOs who wanted to strangle you. Can you blame them? People can be annoying at times. But overall, the pluses usually outweighed the minuses so no crimes were committed and everyone lived to work another day. That said, some employees are such royal pains in the you-know-what, such impediments to getting things done, that you really start to question why you hired them in the first place. More

New disinfection technique for hospital rooms will be useful to clinical pathology laboratories
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There's a new technology that bears great promise for improving existing methods of disinfecting hospital rooms and health facilities, including clinical laboratories. This pioneering work was developed as part of a collaboration involving infection control expert Dick Zoutman, M.D., FRCPC, who is affiliated with Queen's University of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. This technology is a vapor-based fumigant system and is coming to market with the name AsepticSure. It will be sold by Medizone International, Inc.. The invention makes a strong argument for changing the way hospital rooms and other healthcare facilities are disinfected. More

How body language can help — or hurt — how you lead
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As written by Carol Kinsey Goman, "I coach people like you — successful managers, team leaders, entrepreneurs and senior executives who are looking for ways to become even more effective in their ability to relate with and influence others. I shadow these leaders, observing them as they run meetings, interact informally with employees and colleagues, consult with customers, negotiate business deals and make formal presentations. I've seen first-hand how nonverbal signals can literally make or break a leader's impact." More
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