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Communicate for success
Advance for Administrators of the Laboratory    Share    Share on FacebookTwitterShare on LinkedinE-mail article
"The more elaborate our means of communication, the less we communicate," said the 18th century scholar and scientist Joseph Priestley. These words resonate in our age of email, social media and cellphones, when it seems we are bombarded from all sides by information demanding attention. Your laboratory staff is no different as they try to absorb memos, emails, policy and procedure changes, method revisions and an ever-expanding test menu as technology advances. Communicating smarter has never been harder. By understanding the best use of the tools at your disposal, you can get the right message to your techs when they need it most. More

ThinkLab '12 education tackles key government issues and laboratory operations
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Laboratory managers are continually tasked to comply with the ever-expanding government regulations while increasing the effectiveness and efficiency of their laboratories. The Clinical Laboratory Management Association has dedicated ThinkLab '12 educational sessions and topics that will help you operate your laboratory at the highest level of efficiency, effectiveness and quality while adhering to government regulations. More

5 steps to better leadership charisma
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Leadership charisma and personal charisma are very different things. They both involve the same kinds of personal attributes — the ability to project confidence, the capacity to engage others, skill in articulating ideas, vision and goals — which may explain why some leaders aim for one when they should be developing the other. More

CLMA release enhanced edition of its CLMR e-journal
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The Clinical Laboratory Management Association is excited to release the Q1 issue of its Clinical Leadership & Management Review e-journal, which now features an enhanced format including a message from the CLMA president, detailed CLMA announcements and display advertisements from CLMA's vendor community. CLMR is available in two different formats — a PDF edition and an interactive and reader friendly digital edition. A CLMA username and password are required to access the current issue and the archive. If you are not a member, please contact CLMA Headquarters for membership information. More

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3 questions to keep your employees engaged and passionate
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"What should I do with my life?" is a question many people ask themselves when they hit a crossroads. Author Po Bronson asked the same question and it became a book by that title, filled with stories of individual journeys through jobs, startups and dreams of something better or different. As small business owners, we want to make sure that when employees hit a crossroads we have an answer that keeps them excited to stay at the company. More

HEDIS data provides evidence that physicians are more effective in using clinical pathology laboratory tests improve patient care
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For almost a decade now, clinical laboratories and pathology groups have been asked by many private payers to provide laboratory test data for a number of clinical services. In turn, these private health insurers annually submit this data to the Healthcare Effectiveness Data and Information Set program managed by the National Committee for Quality Assurance. Although their medical laboratories regularly feed this data to payers, few pathologists or lab administrators track how HEDIS data is used by NCQA. Thus, it is useful to know that, over the years, HEDIS data provides evidence that better utilization of certain clinical laboratory tests by physicians directly contributes to measurable improvements in patient outcomes across the United States. More

Combat employee absence with a positive discipline program
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Some personnel experts estimate that an absent employee costs a company 1.75-2.5 times his daily salary. Some large companies estimate that absenteeism may be costing them more than $500,000 per year. How can companies combat the problem? Approaches vary, but most successful absenteeism programs include a positive discipline program. More

Beyond the microscope
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Microscopy defines the world of cytology. This has traditionally been the primary association when it comes to our profession, and it still is to a great extent. The most common application of cytopathology is the Pap smear, used as a screening tool to detect precancerous and cancerous gynecologic lesions. This approach still relies on the basic tool of the profession, and a meaningful diagnosis can now be supported by a variety of approaches. Histology is a traditional standard, but what happens when there comes along a diagnostic report based on information beyond cellular morphology and tissue structure? More

How to motivate employees with outside-the-box thinking
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The right creative incentives can have a surprisingly positive effect on employees. Such creativity can be challenging in a corporate environment, and the traditional motivators — salary increases, bonuses, promotions, etc. — are both expected and can be in short supply, depending on company and individual performance. So here are a few out-of-the box motivators that can be used with positive effect. More

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Carbon nanotubes hold promise for use in speedy, low-cost, point-of-care medical laboratory tests
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For years, advocates of carbon nanotubes have predicted that this technology can be used to improve the accuracy and speed of clinical laboratory tests. Researchers at Oregon State University now report that they have improved the speed at which a carbon nanotube-based bio-sensor can complete a diagnostic analysis. Experts believe that advances in this area of technology will make it possible to perform routine point-of-care medical laboratory and pathology tests in minutes at a fraction of current cost. More

The 1 skill all leaders should work on
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If you had to pick one skill for the majority of leaders you work with to improve on, what would it be? Most people would say assertiveness. Not because being assertive is such a wonderful trait in and of itself. Rather, because of its power to magnify so many other leadership strengths. Assertiveness gets a bad rap when people equate it with being pushy and annoying. But that shouldn't stop you from learning to apply it productively. More harm is done when people aren't assertive enough than by being too assertive. At least you know what pushy people think, but those who don't assert themselves can be keeping vital ideas hidden and useless when they don't speak up or speak too softly. More

5 myths about giving praise
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Research shows that "appreciation for a job well done" consistently ranks highly as a motivator in employee surveys. Yet research also shows that most people don't feel they get enough praise. Why is praise such an undervalued and underused management skill? Maybe it's because we still believe the following myths regarding giving praise. More
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