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**2020 Symposium/Convention Laboratory Operations Package

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When is it the best time to brush up on lab safety?  Always!  This five session package features a variety of safety related subjects that will help your lab run effectively and stay compliant.  All sessions were part of the 2020 NSH Annual Symposium/Convention.

Sessions Included with the Package:

  • CAP Inspections - Smooth Sailing or Stormy Seas?   An Inspector’s Perspective
  • CPT® Coding Basics for Histotechnologists
  • How To Create And Use Your Chemical Hygiene Plan
  • Principles of Effective Laboratory Management
  • Quality Control For Histologists.

  • CAP Inspections - Smooth Sailing or Stormy Seas? An Inspector’s Perspective

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    In this workshop, we review some of the most common CAP checklist deficiencies and explain the documentation needed to comply with the associated standard.​

    How many of you hear the word "CAP" and immediate anxiety kicks in and you want to jump overboard?  I'm here to throw you a life vest and save you.  As a lover of all things CAP, I've been involved with CAP inspections for over 20 years.  I've worn the CAP inspector hat many times over the past 10 years.  And recently, I have been writing a column about CAP for the Wisconsin Histology Society In Focus Newsletter.  Let help you navigate the unknown water of CAP checklists.  In this workshop, I will review some of the most common CAP checklist deficiencies and explain the documentation needed to comply with the associated standard.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Nicole Leon, HTL(ASCP)

    Histology Team Lead

    Children's Wisconsin

    In my current role as Team Lead, I am responsible for all day to day operations in a pediatric Histology lab.  I have been in this role for ten years.  In addition to my leadership responsibilities, I also spend a good portion of my time working on the bench.  I feel it is extremely important to stay connected to the work you do.   I have had endless opportunities for career growth.   Building an immunohistochemistry department and a Fine Needle Aspiration service are two of my greatest accomplishments in my current role.   I also have eleven years of experience in an adult Histology lab.  My passion is troubleshooting and CAP inspections.

  • CPT® Coding Basics for Histotechnologists

    Contains 4 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    The workshop guides on the basics of CPT coding, such as unit of services, principles of matching CPT code descriptors and clinical data, including ICD-10-CM, evaluation of the technical (TC) and professional (PC) components, modifiers, as well as adherence to the rules of binding/unbinding specimen's codes.

    Current Procedural Coding (CPT) is used to transform histology laboratory work into billable reimbursement. The code is a numeric formalization of services rendered in the laboratory. The code is assigned during accession through the CPT computer dictionary incorporated in the Laboratory Information System (LIS). Although CPT coding is strictly regulated, there are situations which require understanding of CPT coding principles for discretionary applications. The goal of the workshop is that from the start of the billing process, the laboratory should be assured that its receipts from payers are not only optimal, but also secure from potential audit take-back and compliance violation.  The workshop guides on the basics of CPT coding, such as unit of services, principles of matching CPT code descriptors and clinical data, including ICD-10-CM, evaluation of the technical (TC) and professional (PC) components, modifiers, as well as adherence to the rules of binding/unbinding specimen's codes. By using the case studies method, special attention will be devoted to principles of CPT coding immunohistochemistry (IHC) cases. Intraoperative and outside consultation CPT coding, which often generate difficulties, will be discussed in detail. Specifics of gross-only, cytology and some add-ons coding situations require special attention. The workshop's participants will become familiar with how to code some dermatopathology, bone, so-called "routine" and other specimens unlisted in AMA'd CPT codebook Standard Edition and absent in the LIS's computer dictionary.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Izak Dimenstein, MD, PhD, HT(ASCP)

    Loyola University Chicago Medical Center (Ret)

  • How To Create And Use Your Chemical Hygiene Plan

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    Learn what you need to have in place to meet OSHA and other safety regulations, and learn how to develop a CHP and how to make sure it is followed in your laboratory.​

    Chemical management is one of the most complex aspects of the Lab Safety Program. More questions are asked about this topic than any other. Get your questions answered here- learn what you need to have in place to meet OSHA and other safety regulations, and learn how to develop a CHP and how to make sure it is followed in your laboratory.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP) SLS CQA(ASCP)

    Lab Safety Officer

    Sentara

    Dan Scungio, MT(ASCP) SLS, CQA (ASQ) has more than 25 years experience as a certified medical technologist. He was a laboratory manager for 10 years before becoming the laboratory safety officer for Sentara Healthcare, a system of twelve hospitals and more than 20 laboratories and draw sites in Virginia and North Carolina. As “Dan the Lab Safety Man” he provides consulting, education and training throughout the U.S. and Canada. He has written many peer-reviewed articles and laboratory safety reference books. As the "super hero of lab safety," Dan's goal is to improve safety in labs around the world!

  • Principles of Effective Laboratory Management

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    Discuss advanced techniques that will enable you to begin visualizing strategic trends to set your lab up for success five or ten years down the road

    Career advancement from lab manager to director and even senior executive requires a set of knowledge and skills that are not taught in histotechnology school. These are advanced techniques that will enable you to begin visualizing strategic trends to set your lab up for success five or ten years down the road. This workshop will begin by imparting knowledge to better understand financial management, which will help you better influence senior executives who may not be histotechnology professionals. These constructs will include financial statement analysis, capital and funding strategies, and financial risk assessment. We will then follow with imparting competencies for effective organizational and HR management, such as conflict resolution, negotiation, decision making, and problem solving. This session will finish with a section devoted to the principles of Continuous Quality Improvement - using discrete systems and statistical tools to help you better solve problems and improve your laboratory.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Jason Molnar, HT(ASCP), QIHC(ASCP)

    Histology Manager

    AdventHealth Orlando

    Mr. Molnar is seasoned histologist currently serving in the role of Histology Manager at AdventHealth Labs Orlando (previously known as Florida Hospital). I've been working in histology labs since 2003, learning the profession from the ground up. I've progressed in roles from lab assistant, bench tech, lead tech, supervisor, to manager. I've also had the privilege of working in some great organizations, from small specialty labs with just a few teammates to very large reference labs with more than a hundred on the technical staff. I'm passionate about histology, quality improvement methodologies, and leadership. In my current role I get to combine all of these passions into what I do.

  • Quality Control For Histologists

    Contains 3 Component(s), Includes Credits Recorded On: 10/15/2020

    This workshop is designed for those early careerists who want to know and better understand the "Why" - the underlying reasons for your lab's quality control policies and procedures.

    In today's climate of ever-increasing regulatory scrutiny it is of utmost importance that your lab meets all the quality control standards of your certifying body, whether that be CLIA, JCO, or CAP. This workshop is designed for those early careerists who want to know and better understand the "Why" - the underlying reasons for your lab's quality control policies and procedures. We will do this by examining regulations, illustrating the key components to be in compliance with the intent as written, and offering best practices and advice. Discussion will also lead organically into how compliance will affect the way your lab is managed.

    CEUs: This histology course is worth 1 continuing education credit. Course is available for 365 days from date of purchase. 

    Jason Molnar, HT(ASCP), QIHC(ASCP)

    Histology Manager

    AdventHealth Orlando

    Mr. Molnar is seasoned histologist currently serving in the role of Histology Manager at AdventHealth Labs Orlando (previously known as Florida Hospital). I've been working in histology labs since 2003, learning the profession from the ground up. I've progressed in roles from lab assistant, bench tech, lead tech, supervisor, to manager. I've also had the privilege of working in some great organizations, from small specialty labs with just a few teammates to very large reference labs with more than a hundred on the technical staff. I'm passionate about histology, quality improvement methodologies, and leadership. In my current role I get to combine all of these passions into what I do.