Re: justifying histology FTE

From:Claye Clyatt

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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