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August 2011 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

Get Engaged
August 31, 2011 8:47 AM by Lynn
I don't mean the "Will you marry me" kind, I am referring to your participation (aka "engagement") in social media, comment sections on articles and blogs, and even writing a guest editorial or blog if the desire hits you. As an editor and publisher, Read More...
Siemens, Nephromics to Develop Assays to Improve Preeclampsia Diagnosis
August 30, 2011 7:56 AM by Jill Hoffman
As part of a global licensing agreement, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics and Nephromics LLC will develop two assays to be used as an aid in diagnosing preeclampsia, a potentially life-threatening condition that occurs during pregnancy and affects mothers Read More...
NIH Genetic Test Site May Go Live by Year's End
August 26, 2011 7:25 AM by Jill Hoffman
The National Institutes of Health is nearing completion on its Genetic Testing Registry (GTR), an information portal for healthcare providers and eventually consumers, on genetic tests on the market. The NIH is accepting public comments regarding how Read More...
Are You Prepared for a Natural Disaster?
August 24, 2011 9:50 AM by Lynn
Yesterday's earthquake that shook the northeastern part of the U.S. was quite unexpected and unsettling, to say the least. While Californians may be used to tremors, those of us in the northeast initially didn't realize what was happening. Many offices Read More...
Hospital Lab Outreach Programs Produce Strong Revenues
August 19, 2011 8:15 AM by Jill Hoffman
Hospital laboratory outreach programs produce strong growth in net revenue and contribution margin, according to Chi Solutions Inc.’s “Tenth Annual National Laboratory Outreach Survey Report,” released in July. “In our annual survey of hospital and health Read More...
Digital Pathology Continues to Expand
August 17, 2011 10:40 AM by Lynn
How many of you have adopted digital pathology? For some, it's a cost-effective way to have pathologist expertise without employing a pathologist (as we recently reported in the June issue in the article, "Telepathology: Melting the Miles.") It affords Read More...
ASCP Surveys Show Fellowships Crucial to Career
August 16, 2011 8:21 AM by Jill Hoffman
The 2011 American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) Fellowship and Job Market Survey shows that residents overwhelmingly believe fellowships are a crucial step in their career. Sixty-eight percent of residents in their third and fourth year say that Read More...
Study Confirms 57 MS Genes; Gives Hope for Better Management, Therapy
August 12, 2011 7:49 AM by Jill Hoffman
In one of the largest-ever studies on the genetics of multiple sclerosis (MS), researchers have discovered 29 genetic variations associated with MS. The study revealed that many of the genes associated with MS were involved in regulating the immune system, Read More...
Next Phase of Health Care
August 10, 2011 11:13 AM by Lynn
Having just returned from the Clinical Lab Expo, I had a tremendously valuable experience learning about proposed healthcare delivery models, specifically how many labs are taking the reign and developing what they feel are effective models similar to Read More...
Debt Ceiling Plan Calls for 2% Medicare Physician Cuts if Bipartisan Committee Misses Plan Deadline
August 9, 2011 8:27 AM by Jill Hoffman
Medicare providers could face 2% in cuts starting Jan. 1, 2013, as part of debt ceiling legislation passed by Congress and signed by President Obama Aug. 2, according to news on the College of American Pathologists website. The 2% cut would be enacted Read More...
COLA is Model for Pursuing Excellence with New Certification
August 5, 2011 8:15 AM by Jill Hoffman
In a new web Q&A , Douglas Beigel, MS, MBA, CEO of COLA, answers questions about the process that independent laboratory accreditor COLA underwent to achieve the highly esteemed International Organization for Standardization (ISO) high-quality management Read More...
HHS Issues Guidelines for Preventive Services for Women
August 3, 2011 8:56 AM by Lynn
The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act requires non-grandfathered group health plans to cover, with no cost-sharing to the individual, comprehensive preventive care and screening for women. Under the Act, non-grandfathered group health plans already Read More...
CLSI Seeks Volunteers to Draft MDx Document
August 2, 2011 8:02 AM by Jill Hoffman
The Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI) is looking for volunteers to help draft a guideline on molecular diagnostic (MDx) methods for nonhematological cancers , which will set requirements for nucleic acid biomarker assays to accurately Read More...
ADVANCE Presents: Free Virtual Conference
August 1, 2011 2:30 PM by Kelly Graham
Now that the 2011 AACC/ASCLS Annual Meetings have wrapped up, we're looking ahead to some of the major industry conferences coming this fall--College of American Pathologists, National Society for Histotechnology, AABB, Association for Molecular Pathology--and Read More...


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