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September 2011 - Posts

ADVANCE Discourse: Lab

Overutilization: Who's at Fault?
September 29, 2011 3:34 PM by Kelly Graham
Overutilization of laboratory testing services is often discussed in the industry as relating primarily to physicians' levels of understanding about when and why to order which tests. But an intriguing blog post on the New York Times "Well" blog discusses Read More...
Are You Familiar With the ACO?
September 28, 2011 9:45 AM by Lynn
If not, you better get up to speed fairly quickly! The Accountable Care Organization (ACO) healthcare delivery model, which incorporates a team approach to caring for patients as well as a new payment structure, is designed to minimize waste and duplication, Read More...
ACLA Voices Concern Over Proposal to Cut Medicare Lab Reimbursement
September 27, 2011 8:12 AM by Jill Hoffman
A letter from ACLA President Alan Mertz sent this month to Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) Chairman Glenn Hackbarth said a proposal under consideration by the Commission to slash Medicare reimbursement rates for clinical laboratory services Read More...
CAP Moves Forward with Next-generation Sequencing Initiatives
September 23, 2011 7:31 AM by Jill Hoffman
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is updating its Laboratory Accreditation Program (LAP) molecular pathology checklist to include clinical application of genomic analysis, more specifically next-generation sequencing (NGS), to prepare its laboratory Read More...
Contribute to ADVANCE
September 21, 2011 1:19 PM by Kelly Graham
ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory is seeking original input from clinical laboratory administrators, supervisors, directors and managers for our print and online publications. Material is reviewed by the editorial team before accepted; once Read More...
Healthy AACC Attendance is Good News For Labs
September 20, 2011 8:42 AM by Jill Hoffman
These days, you have to take good news where you can find it. And the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)’s announcement yesterday about its final attendee and exhibitor counts for the 2011 Annual Meeting and Clinical Lab Expo (July 24-28) Read More...
Exciting New Offering from ADVANCE
September 19, 2011 2:25 PM by Kelly Graham
If you've been reading and interacting with ADVANCE for Administrators of the Laboratory for long, you know that we do our best to provide you with a variety of information outlets. From our traditional magazine to the digital edition, from blogs and Read More...
HHS Secretary Proposes Giving Patients Access to Test Results Directly from Labs
September 16, 2011 8:19 AM by Jill Hoffman
This week HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius proposed new rules expanding the rights of patients to their health information via health IT, empowering patients to access test result reports directly from labs. The rules would ensure that labs covered by Read More...
Lab Staffing Issues
September 14, 2011 9:13 AM by Lynn
Several resources— Dark Daily , American Society of Clinical Pathology, American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science, San Francisco Business Times and so one—continue to report on the severe shortage of medical technologists. In addition to healthcare Read More...
National Celiac Awareness Day
September 13, 2011 8:15 AM by Jill Hoffman
Today is National Celiac Awareness Day. Celiac disease, an ailment that was once little known and misunderstood, is now one of the most commonly talked-about diseases. However, many people still do not fully understand the disease. Contrary to popular Read More...
Lessons Learned from Hurricane Irene
September 9, 2011 8:16 AM by Jill Hoffman
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog from Douglas Beigel, CEO of COLA. Hurricane Irene may finally be history, but for some labs, the hard part— cleaning up and resuming operations—has just begun. The cost of the storm is presently estimated to be up to Read More...
My Lyme Disease Scare
September 8, 2011 11:20 AM by Kelly Graham
As an outdoor enthusiast living and hiking in the northeast, I’ve always been acutely aware of the dangers of tick-borne illnesses, especially Lyme disease. We take precautions like wearing long pants whenever possible and wearing bandanas and hats, and Read More...
HAI-reduction Programs Can Save Millions
September 6, 2011 7:14 AM by Jill Hoffman
Some good news for hospitals in their efforts to reduce healthcare-associated infections (HAIs): A new study shows one program saved an average of $1.1 million a year. The study examined a HAI-reduction protocol called the Michigan Keystone ICU Patient Read More...
In Study, Pathwork Test Provides Primary Site Predictions in CUP Patients Consistent with Clinicopathology
September 2, 2011 7:32 AM by Jill Hoffman
Results of a study published in the Journal of Molecular Biomarkers and Diagnosis evaluating Pathwork Diagnostics Inc.’s Pathwork ® Tissue of Origin Test in patients with cancer of unknown primary (CUP) found the Tissue of Origin Test provided predictions Read More...
Shedding Light on Contagions
September 1, 2011 11:13 AM by Kelly Graham
Editor's Note: This is a guest blog from Paul Billings, MD, PhD, chief medical officer of Life Technologies, Inc., a diagnostics company based in Carlsbad, Calif. In 2009, Life Technologies partnered with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Read More...


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