The CLA I (Accessioner) reports to the Supervisor of the surgical pathology laboratory and performs required clerical and technical functions required for the efficient functioning of the laboratory.
- Receive, verify and enters patient, test, and compliance information into LIS computer system
- Generate barcode labels, label surgical specimens, print specimen cassettes and matches specimen and cassettes.
- Respond to telephone inquiries regarding surgical specimen, patient test results and related information; forwards technical questions to lab supervisor or laboratory director, as appropriate.
- Distributes Surgical Specimens to various Pathology Services.
- Files requisitions.
- Maintains safe working environment.
- Acts as a resource to and assists in the training of other personnel.
- Handle Special specimens and send outs.
- Aids Pathologists Assistant’s, Pathology Residents, Fellows and Staff material management and special projects, as needed.
- Troubleshoots patient demographic and insurance issues using various online resources (i.e. PAT_COM)
- Performs other clinical laboratory assistant duties and responsibilities as required at the direction of lab supervisor
- Photocopies requisitions for billing/compliance team requiring ICD-9 coding. Participates in billing inquiries as requested.
- Follows all safety (including infection control and hazardous material) policies and procedures. Notifies lab supervisor of unsafe conditions.
- Successfully participates in annual Health and Safety Training and Compliance activities.
- Adheres to proper handling of specimens.
- Participates in cost effectiveness planning and inventory of supplies, as requested.
- Resolves patient identification problems with appropriate care unit. Contacts care units to report specimen problems such as inaccurate labeling, incorrect sample, improper packaging and handling. Records events in Logs.
- Follows standard precaution and wears PPE to perform task as indicated in the Safety Manual.
- Adheres to procedure for the “Handling of Unacceptable Specimens” as established by laboratory administration.
- High School Diploma or equivalent required
- Interpersonal and communication skills to interact effectively with individuals in the lab and hospital.
- Ability to multitask and work accurately under stress of time constraints and heavy workload demands.
- Neat and orderly work habits.
- Careful attention to detail on laboratory requisitions.
- Ability to complete competencies successfully.
- Possess manual dexterity and visual accuracy.
- Accurate computer skills
- Demonstrates excellent dependability/reliability, accuracy, prioritization, problem solving, customer service and teamwork.
- Potential to work across laboratory specialties
- Advanced understanding of LIS and compliance issues.
- Appropriate level of professionalism
- Ability to type 40-60 words per minute.
May be exposed to disease-bearing specimens, hazardous chemicals or fumes, other hazards normally associated with a clinical laboratory setting. Work environment may be noisy or crowded.
Massachusetts General Hospital - 22 months ago
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