Friday, November 30, 2007


Point of Care Testing for Physician Office Laboratories
In my many years as a physician office laboratory (POL) consultant, I have been called upon to evaluate the feasibility of in-house laboratory testing. The medical practice - understanding the potential of a POL - is investigating the possibility of improving patient care and potentially increasing practice revenue.
Unfortunately this has been the Exception!
Most times I am called in after the critical decisions have been made and the laboratory is either facing a CLIA deficiencey or not proving profitable. Although each situation is unique, I find two common issues when POLs are facing these dilemmas:
"Nobody Told Us That!" OR "But the Sales Rep Said"
Laboratory testing is kinda like taxes. No matter who does them, when the government comes to check, you (or the practice) are still the one held responsible.
Having a POL can prove rewarding and profitable, if you take time plan.
There are three basic steps for determining what is right for your practice and reaping the many benefits of a POL:
  • Decide which tests are medically right for your patients and your practice
  • Calculate the financial impact and Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Choose the procedures and vendors

Over the next few blog posts, I will be discussing in further detail each of these areas with tips on how to determine the feasibility of POCT for your POL!

Ponder this:

What challenges do you face in providing quality care for your patients?

How do you feel about offering point of care testing?

Let me know what YOU think!


Tim "The Lab Guy"

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Why "Tim the Lab Guy"?!

Welcome to my blog. Perhaps you wonder:

Why “Tim The Lab Guy”?!

Well for many years that’s what I heard . . . “I don’t know. Go ask Tim, the lab guy!”

The information on this site will be inspired by the almost 30 years I have spent in the medical laboratory field. I started in the air force as a lab tech working for 8 years in both civilian and military labs.

From there I was employed in hospital labs as a generalist covering all departments and the ever popular “grave yard” 11-7 shift.

There is much insight to be shared from those experiences!

When CLIA 88 was enacted in the 90’s, I was asked to help a local doctor’s office become certified. Hence the beginning of my “Physician Office Laboratory” (POL) managing experience!

After 15 years, clinics, EMR’s, medical offices and medical centers now benefit from the experience I have attained. They learn how to increase their ROI, enhance their patient care and develop fun and productive work environments through my consulting, training and professional speaking. (I received my National Speaker’s Association accreditation in 2004).

See more about how your office can enhance your work environment at

Most recently Advanced POC was born with the vision of

“Perfecting Profit, Process and Patient Care!”

Check us out at

As an active consultant I will be relating stories from the front lines of the medical lab. We will discuss issues relating to Physician Office Laboratories (POL) and Point of Care Testing (POCT).

I will draw on lab experiences: old and new!

Up coming Topics:

ROI for your lab
Updated CLIA regulations
Waived testing and advanced testing
How to buy from the vendor
What to do with old/used analyzers
Tips for a lab tune-up

These are a few subjects to get us going. Write me with suggestions, questions and ideas!
I would be thrilled to dialogue or should I say “blog-a-logue” with you!

Tim “The Lab Guy” Consulting, CLS, CRSP
President, Advanced POC