RE: justifying histology FTE

From:"Morken, Tim"

Claye wrote : <>

What kind of "certification" is this? Not CAP or CLIA for sure... Sounds
like some kind of independent survey/QA thing. If that is the case, maybe a
study grant should be paying for it rather than hospital funds.

Tim Morken

-----Original Message-----
From: Claye Clyatt [] 
Sent: Tuesday, April 15, 2003 6:36 AM
Subject: Re: justifying histology FTE

I agree this is a problem.  We often get requests to cut up to 10 blanks on
every block of huge cases which can take 1-2 techs an entire day to
complete.  There is no billing code for recuts for any reason.  These recuts
are always on old cases that I am told are required for studies associated
with certification of our children's hospital.  This makes us look like we
are doing nothing when we are really pulling our hair out.  Our routine work
must be completed on time while we are tied up with this kind of
non-billable work.  We also have extra workload doing recuts for consult
cases.  Our pathologist do not send out blocks because they often are not
returned.  So we cut numerous additional slides for someone else to perform
billable tests.

What's the solution?


Claye Clyatt
Chief Histotechnologist
Department of Pathology 
Room #BF119
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, Ga 30912
office   (706) 721-3630
pager  (706) 721-7243-1132

>>>  04/14/03 05:34PM >>>
       Hello Histonetters,

       I was wandering what or how some of you are justifying your FTE?  We 
use to do workload for justification showing how many blocks/slides/stains 
are being done in the histology lab, but now all that is being asked for is 
billable test. This by no means justifies FTE.  Ex: we can have one billable

test but this one test can include as many as 10 or more blocks and slides. 
They are wanting to decrease hours and/or even take away one FTE and one 
part-timer. There is no-way our workload will get down with only two 
employees. And for some reason Administration does not seem to care about 
our/my patients. It seems as though the bottom line is $$$$. Any input would

be appreciated!


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