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Inexperience isn't always a bad thing
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The state of the economy, and particularly the high unemployment rate we are experiencing, certainly tilts the hiring process in favor of businesses. There is a multitude of talent available right now — including millions of potential employees boasting exquisite credentials and years of experience. At first glance, the idea of hiring an experienced candidate seems like a no-brainer — particularly because the opportunity to bring in such talent for lower-level positions is rare. But hiring for experience is not always the best approach. In fact, in many instances, experience can actually be a drawback. More



Save the date for ThinkLab '12, April 29 - May 2
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ThinkLab is the only annual gathering of clinical laboratory management professionals that has education focused on lab operations and management, patient care and medical best practices, and billing and advocacy. Share ideas, advance your knowledge, and see the latest products and services designed specifically for the laboratory marketplace at ThinkLab '12 April 29 - May 2, 2012. Keep reading Industry Pulse and other CLMA communications for a chance to register, review featured education sessions and speakers, and an opportunity to receive discounts on last year's conference proceedings that are available as Education on Demand sessions. More

Americans stressed about economy, personal finances more than job, health
J. J. Keller & Associates, Inc.    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
New research from the Principal Financial Well-Being Index shows the economy is the greatest source of stress for Americans, followed by their own personal finances, job and health. Half of retirees (52 percent) and two out of five workers (42 percent) reported a high stress level with regard to the economy, while 30 percent of retirees and 34 percent of workers said personal finances caused high stress. Less than a third of workers (30 percent) say their job causes stress and far fewer (19 percent of retirees and 15 percent of employees) report stress over physical health. More

Smile — Send CLMA photos of your lab and your staff members
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Represent your laboratory and help improve the look and feel of the CLMA website. Submit horizontal photos of you, your co-workers and your laboratory to info@clma.org for a chance to be featured on the CLMA website's homepage. Submit your photos today.

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.


In the new health engagement model of health benefits, clinical pathology laboratories can help beneficiaries through timely medical lab testing
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Across the nation, pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will want to learn about a new model of healthcare reform. It is the "health engagement model" and it is being rolled out by a number of health insurers. Variations of the HEM model are gaining ground in states around the country because health insurers see HEMs as a way to reduce costs and improve quality of healthcare. One new HEM is taking root in the Pacific Northwest. More

The secret to good leadership? Keeping it simple
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Sometimes our best intentions get the better of us, and we end up failing to do our jobs. Often it's because we ignore the simple things. Jim Collins and Morten Hansen write about the virtues of simplicity in their new book, "Great By Choice." One concept they posit is dubbed SMaC — "Specific, Methodical and Consistent." As the authors explain, "SMaC is not the same as a strategy, culture, core values, purpose or tactics." Rather, it is a "set of durable principles that create a replicable and consistent success formula." In other words, if it works, is repeatable and it adds value to what you do, it is worthwhile following. More

9 Rules: Survive your company's holiday party
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Your company may throw fantastic holiday parties. If so, great — then my advice is just a reminder of things you already know. If, however, there are "ghosts of holiday parties past" lingering in the cultural legends of your company, circle this post as a reminder of how to stay out of trouble and have a great holiday party. More

A give-and-take interview can help you choose a candidate who shares your organization's values
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When you need to hire someone there's no telling who will apply. The current workforce shortage can be good news for job seekers who may be able to pick and choose where they work. But it's also an opportunity for you as an employer. Selling your culture during an interview can promote your laboratory as the right choice for applicants you are looking for and give you a competitive edge. More



How to accomplish more by doing less
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Create a workplace that truly values a balanced relationship between intense work and real renewal, and you'll not only get greater productivity from employees, but also higher engagement and job satisfaction. There's plenty of evidence that increased rest and renewal serve performance. Stress isn't the enemy in the workplace. Indeed, stress is the only means by which we can expand capacity. Just think about weightlifting. By stressing your muscles, and then recovering, you gradually build strength. Our real enemy is the absence of intermittent renewal. More

Improving communication for better patient care
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Communication is a key skill to everyone working in healthcare. In no other profession is it more important clearly express what you mean, since there is no room for confusion or ambiguity. Errors occur not simply from incorrect information; they also arise from lack of complete information or clarity. Better patient care includes the sharing of information among all those who care for a patient. In fact the Joint Commission has several requirements related to communications and against which it judges healthcare organizations. More

Workplace safety makes sense for business
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Safety first. Most Americans have had that mantra drilled into their heads since their days on the playground. Yet the notion often gets lost in the workplace. Isabel Perry, who owns The Safety Doctor, makes it her business to educate employers of the high cost of not working safely. She spoke recently with Sentinel reporter Marni Jameson. Beyond their legal responsibility to comply with Occupational Safety & Health Administration requirements, and their social obligation to protect their employees, owners who don't have good safety programs in place lose money. More
 
 
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