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How to Work as an Independent Phlebotomist

14 March 2018 No Comment

You may be surprised to learn just how great the demand is for independent phlebotomists in literally every area of the country. Perhaps there was a time when doctors, hospitals and clinics preferred to keep on-staff phlebotomists, but in recent years there has been a growing demand for independent contractors within the medical field for several reasons. If you are interested in becoming an independent phlebotomist, here is some of what you should know.

Why the Demand for Independent Contractors Is So Great

It is no surprise that healthcare is in crisis and with rising costs across the board, it is becoming unaffordable even to those with good insurance coverage. Providers are not making the kind of profits they should to keep their facilities fully staffed with adequate technology and so most healthcare providers are working short-staffed and with minimal advances in technology.

Some providers are hiring part-time staff while others are working with independent contractors. As an independent phlebotomist, your services will be required no matter which part of the country you live in if you have the right credentials in the state in which you will be working.

State-by-State Requirements for Working as a Phlebotomist Vary

Some states have very lenient requirements while others require formal training before you can be certified to work as a phlebotomist. For example, phlebotomy training in CT may vary greatly from what is required in Florida, Washington or California. Therefore, it is best to consider getting training at an accredited school.

Some states allow you to work for a doctor or in a blood drawing lab as a method of training while others require a more formal program. Even so, wouldn’t you feel better about having all that theory and knowledge under your belt when working independently? It isn’t always enough to know how to draw blood, but there are times when various hazards could be involved.

Theory can be more important than practical applications under certain circumstances. Get formal training even if it’s not required in your state!

You Must Be Registered as a Business and Adequately Insured

If you are going to be an independent contractor, it is imperative that you check with your state to become duly licensed to do business legally. No matter how effectively you network and market your services, you must remember that doctors will not work with any unlicensed and uninsured phlebotomists. They are, after all, responsible for their patients. The buck, as they say, stops there.

Many times, doctors have homebound patients in their care and this is where you could acquire a great deal of business. Some patients on blood thinners, for example, need to have regular blood draws to check for coagulation factors. The point is, as an independent phlebotomist you will be required by law to have all the certifications, licenses and insurance coverage before you can legally draw blood. When working for a doctor or hospital, they have all that and more. You are working as a business entity, so it is your responsibility to maintain legal and ethical standards.

The work is out there for independent contractors in the medical arena, and this is one of the quickest ways to begin working in the field.

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