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Clinic Startup 15: Setting Up a Lab

1 hour Audio and Power Point Presentation

Recorded September 25, 2015

There are so many factors to consider when you consider adding lab testing to your urgent care. Evaluate the reasons why adding lab to your center may or may not work. Discover which tests to offer and the test kits to use. Examine the regulatory requirements you need to be aware and where can you go for information & resources to assist you. There are lots of details to consider and tend to when starting up an urgent care laboratory. Learn the basics of what is essential to set up a lab that produces quality lab results.
Learning Objectives:
  • Use concepts to evaluate bringing lab testing in house.
  • Acquire information to help select the appropriate test kit or system for your urgent care center based on practice goals.
  • Describe factors to consider (space, electrical, water, ventilation, personnel competency & time etc) in bringing lab testing in-house.
  • Choose the appropriate lab certification based on test menu.
  • Recite basic CLIA requirements for lab testing.

Disclosures: The faculty listed below has no relevant financial relationship to disclose.

Faculty Bio:

Milly Keeler, BSMT (ASCP)

Milly Keeler CLC (AMT) BSMT (ASCP), is the owner of Keeler Laboratory Consulting and is also a CLIA Specialist for Doctor'sManagement, LLC. Ms. Keeler earned a BS degree from Edinboro University in Medical Technology with minors in chemistry and biology. She is Board Certified by American Society of Clinical Pathology and has been an associate member since 1995. She is also an active board member for the Northwest Chapter CLMA (Clinical Laboratory Management Association) since 2009. Milly brings over 20 years of laboratory knowledge and experience as a Lab Manager of Microbiology and most recently as Director of Laboratory Services at Northwest Physician Associates overseeing a high complexity lab and an additional 13 physician and urgent care laboratories. Milly specializes in working with laboratories to help them establish and perform laboratory testing that enhances the quality of patient care. Using her technical and operational expertise she assists with everything from test menu selection, regulatory/accreditation compliance, quality control, forms, to full polices/procedure manuals and quality assurance.

Credit Information:

Designation Statement
The Urgent Care Association of America designates this enduring material activity for a maximum of 1 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. 

Accreditation Statement
This activity has been planned and implemented in accordance with the Essential Areas and Policies of the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education. Credit for this course is good for 1 year after purchase.

Urgent Care Management Certificate 

Earn 1 UCMC credit in Operations by listening to this recorded session.

Submitting for Credit:  

If you would like to submit for either of the credit above, once you complete the activity you must submit for credit you will need to complete the 5 question exam.  You must answer 3 out of 5 correctly to receive credit.  Your credit will be placed in your profile under Professional Development or click on "My Credits".  Email with questions.  

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