A typical POL zone configuration is composed of an MDF (main distribution frame) that runs fiber to a zone distribution enclosure that is typically mounted in the ceiling.
Some suppliers have developed proprietary POL devices to enhance ease of system installation.
The company also offers a small wall-mount enclosure for a 1-32 splitter for enterprises that require some additional ports after the initial POL installation.
Don't be surprised if a JCAHO surveyor shows up at your POL's front door one day soon.
If you are operating a physicians' office laboratory (POL) and your practice is part of a Network (the capitalized word "Network" denotes a health care entity) that has applied for "network" accreditation from the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations (JCAHO), there's a chance your lab will be graced by a surveyor from a network accreditation team.
It is expected that most testing performed in POLs will be categorized as moderate complexity under the regulations.
POLs that perform high-complexity testing must comply with the quality control requirements by the effective date of the regulations, September 1, 1992, while some quality control standards for moderate-complexity tests are being implemented in stages.
Comparing high-volume POLs (over 25 tests per day) to low-volume POLs (25 or fewer), the former group was 1.5 times as likely to have a supervisor with laboratory training (36% to 24%), 2.2 times as likely to use an analyzer costing more than $7500 (42% to 19%), and 1.6 times as likely to participate in proficiency testing (69% to 42%).
Ninety-three percent of the POLs in this study already met the proposed grading criteria of CLIA '88 for serum cholesterol determination.
The majority of the waived tests were performed by 90% to 100% of the POLs, except for ovulation tests, which were seldom performed by POLs.
While a larger proportion of small POLs suspended these tests, even POLs with 15 or more physicians stopped performing them.
Data from last year's survey and earlier surveys showed there are 1,491 single-physician POLs and 370 two- or three-physician unregulated POLs in Maryland.
Fifty-four per cent of the single-physician POLs routinely performed sophisticated tests in microbiology , 38 per cent in hematology, and 29 per cent in chemistry.