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July 2011 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

At AACC, the CAP Introduces Online Imaging Technology for Lab Proficiency Testing Program
July 29, 2011 10:31 AM by Jill Hoffman
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) introduced DigitalScope online imaging technology for use in its labproficiency testing programs in 2012 at the 2011 American Association for Clinical Chemistry Annual Meeting. “DigitalScope is a game-changing Read More...
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Is FDA Stifling Innovation?
July 28, 2011 8:51 AM by Lynn
While many companies exhibiting at this year's AACC/ASCLS Clinical Lab Expo in Atlanta, GA, unveiled new products, several more noted that a wide variety of new products are pending FDA approval, and the timeframe for approval was hard to predict. Of Read More...
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Lab Manager Says IT Data Empowers Labs, During AACC Annual Meeting Panel Discussion
July 27, 2011 7:59 AM by Jill Hoffman
During a media breakfast sponsored by Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics at the 2011 American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo (July 24-28), Susan Dawson, clinical laboratory manager of Laboratory Medicine, Swedish Read More...
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At AACC Annual Meeting, CEO Discusses Five Macro Challenges Facing Lab Industry
July 26, 2011 5:59 PM by Jill Hoffman
Edward Ashwood, MD, president and CEO of ARUP Laboratories, discussed five macro challenges facing the industry during a mini-lecture series held Tuesday at the 2011 American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC) Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo Read More...
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New CAP Accreditation Checklists Less Redundant
July 26, 2011 10:20 AM by Jill Hoffman
Newly enhanced College of American Pathologists (CAP) Laboratory Accreditation Program checklists help labs meet Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requirements as part of the accreditation inspection process. The revision consolidates similar Read More...
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ACLA Raises Concerns About Proposed MDx Test CPT Code Fee Schedule
July 22, 2011 7:42 AM by Jill Hoffman
In comments Monday to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on newly proposed Current Procedural Terminology (CPT ® ) codes defining molecular genetic and oncology assays that CMS and payers use to set pricing, and being developed by Read More...
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As Budget Cuts and Coinsurance Threaten Lab Services, Group Urges Letters
July 15, 2011 7:31 AM by Jill Hoffman
As Congress undergoes budget negotiations, and clinical laboratory services cuts and a 20% lab coinsurance requirement on Medicare beneficiaries are on the table, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) is urging laboratory professionals to Read More...
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T. vaginalis Concern
July 13, 2011 8:58 AM by Lynn
Prevalence of Trichomonas vaginalis (TV) is highest in women over 40 years of age, whereas women under 30 years of age have the highest prevalences of Chlamydia trachomatis (CT) and Neisseria gonorrhoeae (NG), according to a study presented at the annual Read More...
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Physician CEOs Linked to Better Hospitals and Care
July 12, 2011 8:15 AM by Jill Hoffman
New research suggests that physician CEOs at hospitals are connected to overall better patient care and hospitals than non-physician managers. The findings, published in Social Science & Medicine journal, are based on a review of 300 top-ranked American Read More...
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More Medicare, Medicaid Cuts?
July 6, 2011 9:06 AM by Lynn
According to a New York Times article, the Obama administration is offering to cut billions of dollars from Medicare and Medicaid as part of the negotiation to reduce the federal budget deficit ( http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/05/us/05deficit.html?_r=1&ref=health Read More...
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