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CLIA Compliance and the Physician Lab Director – More Than a Title
Written by Barry Craig   
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The Certificate of Waiver is one of the most common registrations for physicians wishing to operate an in-house laboratory in their private practices.

The physician’s name that appears on the Certificate of Waiver is more than a formality to allow testing to take place. It is a declaration that you are a true, hands-on laboratory director.

There are more than 350,000 laboratories listed with CLIA, the governing body for regulatory accreditation. More than 120,000 of these are in the “waived” category.  Labs that are classified as “waived” perform only simple test, are not routinely inspected, and have minimal regulatory requirements. The majority of these types of labs are laboratories.

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Can Big Brother Keep a Secret? The National Practitioner Data Bank
Written by Ardena L. Flippin, MD, MBA   
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Malpractice history and quality of health care are not synonymous.

In my most recent article I focused on physician profiling and described the emergence of how certain “expectations of efficiency” are being enforced.

In this article I describe the National Practitioner Data Bank (NPDB) – why it was created and its intent, what it does, how the information may be construed and new information about the data bank.

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