ERIC Number: ED315579
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
AMT's Position on Physician's Office Laboratories.
AMT Events, p63-64 May-Jun 1986
The following standards are affirmed by the American Medical Technologists organization: (1) regardless of the size of the laboratory setting, the patient deserves the highest quality of laboratory service available; (2) certified personnel should be employed by physicians in office laboratories; (3) quality control should be mandatory and supported by an appropriate proficiency-testing program; (4) regardless of the setting, all laboratories should be measured against one set of regulations; (5) the kind and amount of testing done in a physician's office laboratory should determine the type of certified personnel necessary to do the job; (6) those responsible for the management of the physician's office laboratory should recognize and acknowledge testing limitations and use the resources of reference laboratories when necessary; (7) medical technologists should be used as consultants to physician's office laboratories when the scope of testing performed and equipment utilized go beyond the capability of the individuals employed in the facility; and (8) the laboratory should be directed and supervised by a physician, a recognized Medicare laboratory director, or a certified medical technologist. Five important issues are: (1) type of tests to be performed and by whom; (2) quality control and proficiency testing; (3) minimum personnel qualifications; (4) suggestions on how criteria could or should be enforced and by whom; and (5) in-house testing or the use of reference labs. (CML)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Medical Technologists, Park Ridge, IL.