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  2011 CAP TODAY Article Index

 

Cap Today

Note: This index does not cover the CAP TODAY “Marketplace” or “Abstracts” columns.

AACC meetings
AACC sessions fill not-so-obvious knowledge gaps, 06/11:5
Pharmacogenomics and more at AACC 2011, 09/11:90

Accountable care organizations (ACOs)
Labs ponder the latest in cost-saving schemes, 07/11:7

Anatomic pathology
AP labs seek to sync with growing IT menu, 09/11:1
Eyes on the prize improves AP specimen processing, 09/11:12

Anemia
Pathologist at helm of anemia program, 12/11:1

Antibiotics/antibiotic resistance
Antibiotic program supersizes impact of molecular testing, 10/11:49

Antimicrobial susceptibility testing
Ins and outs of AST highlight proficiency challenges, 05/11:7

Automation
Fresh approach to micro—front-end robotics, 05/11:1
Nanotechnology speeds DNA, RNA extraction from tissue, 07/11:48
Lab automation—total tube management and more, 09/11:16
Laboratory automation systems and workcells, 09/11:20
Full automation as solution—U of Iowa’s story, 09/11:41

Best practices
Eyes on the prize improves AP specimen processing, 09/11:12
Antibiotic program supersizes impact of molecular testing, 10/11:49

Billing/revenue cycle management
When billing systems offer labs rich rewards, 05/11:63

Biomarkers
MicroRNA—is the contender a champ?, 08/11:1

Biovigilance
Biovigilance network advancing slowly—but it’s progress, 10/11:26

Blood/coagulation/hematology (see also Blood banking/transfusion)
Conquering coag testing, from basics on up, 01/11:1
Study aside, INR testing still homeward bound?, 01/11:42
INR practice gaps found in Q-Probes, 03/11:1
Sticking points—how to handle difficult blood draws, 03/11:39

Blood banking/transfusion
RBC storage duration: Is older riskier?, 10/11:1
Biovigilance network advancing slowly—but it’s progress, 10/11:26
Pathologist at helm of anemia program, 12/11:1

Bone marrow collection/biopsies
Custom test options for triaging ancillary tests, 06/11:1

Breast cancer/breast health (see also Mammography)
Making a match between pathology, mammography, 05/11:48
Testing recurrence risk for breast cancer, 06/11:1

Cancer (see also Micrometastases)
Sizing up a role for circulating tumor cells, 03/11:1
At last, answers on micromets, 04/11:1
Making change—refining CAP’s cancer protocols, 04/11:36
Cancer genomics: the exception now, but semiroutine soon?, 06/11:70
No shortage of subtleties in CLL diagnoses, 08/11:1
Tracking troponin TAT, completeness of cancer reports, 10/11:38
Lung cancer test, drug offer ‘fantastic’ hope, 11/11:1
Bumpy landing for precision medicine, 12/11:1
SLN dissection for melanoma—two views, 12/11:1

CAP ’11 meeting
For years of service, 24 win awards, 10/11:84
Pathologist at helm of anemia program, 12/11:1

CAP accreditation/checklists
Checklists now slimmer, simpler, ROAD-mapped, 09/11:58

CAP Futurescape of Pathology conference
In whole genome era, whole new challenges, 06/11:56
Sealing the cracks in test result followup, 07/11:1

CAP Press (see also CAP programs/products/services)
New book makes it your business to run a lab, 08/11:5
How to prepare for an interview, size up an offer, 09/11:74
Pain service—nuts and bolts of lab support, 12/11:57

CAP programs/products/services (see also Q-Probes, Test management, and Proficiency testing)
Making change—refining CAP’s cancer protocols, 04/11:36
Ins and outs of AST highlight proficiency challenges, 05/11:7
Making a match between pathology, mammography, 05/11:48
Directing a lab: sink, swim—or look to CAP course, 09/11:7
Tracking troponin TAT, completeness of cancer reports, 10/11:38
New challenges take labs beyond proficiency testing, 12/11:43

Cardiovascular disease/cardiac markers (see also Heart transplants)
Viewing inflammation, with markers new and old, 03/11:50

Careers/employment
How to prepare for an interview, size up an offer, 09/11:74

Chemistry testing (see also Immunohistochemistry)
Too far, too fast on ICU TGC?, 03/11:1
From basics to big picture: chemistry analyzers for low-volume labs, 10/11:56

Circulating tumor cells
Sizing up a role for circulating tumor cells, 03/11:1

CLSI (formerly NCCLS)
New go-to guide for solving POC conundrums, 01/11:7

Company profiles/news
In successful core lab rollouts, just a matter of time, 04/11:46
Nanotechnology speeds DNA, RNA extraction from tissue, 07/11:48

Core laboratories
In successful core lab rollouts, just a matter of time, 04/11:46

CPT questions/coding
Molecular CPT codes topple old ‘stacking’ codes, 04/11:5

Creatinine
Better kidney markers ahead?, 11/11:1

Critical care
ER, ICU testing: limits, logistics, and laurels, 08/11:1

Cytopathology and More
Digital cytopathology and telecytology: a method coming of age, 01/11:58
Machine?  Medical director?  What to put in cytology reports, 01/11:58
Imaging systems, workload limits, and screening accuracy, 01/11:62
New this year: Fields of View education course, 01/11:64
Regionalizing education, fellowship training, and more, 01/11:65
Use of cytology and small biopsy specimens in diagnosing, treating lung cancer, 05/11:76
Validating and verifying molecular tests in cytopathology, 05/11:78
Similarities, differences between anal and cervical cancer screening, 05/11:83
Getting to know us, 05/11:84
Ultrasound in the FNA clinic—how to get started, 08/11:44
Q&A: Anal cancer screening, 08/11:44
Your Pap and nongyn program suggestions, 08/11:48
In mandated cytology PT, fatal flaws remain, 08/11:50
Wanted: nongynecologic slides from participating labs, 08/11:50

Data integration/data management
All for one—unifying CP and AP data, 02/11:1
Unified AP/LIS—‘one system, with one database,’ 02/11:58

Diagnostic assays/markers/tests/test kits
Outsmarting flu with assays, novel drugs, 04/11:1
Better kidney markers ahead?, 11/11:1

Digital pathology/digital imaging/computer-assisted imaging
Parade of hopefuls in digital pathology, 02/11:1

DNA sequencing
Next-gen shifts DNA sequencing into hyperdrive, 11/11:1

Drug treatments/dosing
Lung cancer test, drug offer ‘fantastic’ hope, 11/11:1
Bumpy landing for precision medicine, 12/11:1

Editorials of CAP president (see From the President’s Desk)

Electronic health/medical records (EHR/EMR)
EMR push: Lab leaders talk incentives, interfaces, integration, 02/11:24
EHR rules, interfaces—2 cases call up everyday issues, 11/11:38

Emergency room
Attacking the gap in emergency department TATs, 11/11:7

Executive War College
Labs ponder the latest in cost-saving schemes, 07/11:7

Firsthand Views
Stepping back and staying on top, 01/11:78
The big ‘something else,’ 02/11:98
Not for the weak, 03/11:94
Less face time, more back time, 04/11:82
Farewell, 05/11:102

From the President’s Desk
The importance of calculated risk, 01/11:11
In the zone, 02/11:11
Global impressions, 03/11:11
Your responses tell the story, 04/11:11
Training, jobs, fit, and fellowship, 05/11:15
50 ways to leave the basement, 06/11:11
Our job to start the conversation, 07/11:15
A focus on small group practices, 08/11:11
Survival skills for small practices, 09/11:11
A warm and welcoming team, 10/11:11
Able, willing, and ready?, 11/11:11
Aiming for the unrealistic, 12/11:11

Future trends
Learning how to live in pathology’s next phase, 04/11:58

Genetics/genetic testing (see also Next-generation sequencing)
Next-gen sequencing in clinical debuts, 04/11:1
Testing recurrence risk for breast cancer, 06/11:1

Genomics
In whole genome era, whole new challenges, 06/11:56
Cancer genomics: the exception now, but semiroutine soon?, 06/11:70

Glucose/insulin/blood sugars
Too far, too fast on ICU TGC?, 03/11:1

Glycemic control
Too far, too fast on ICU TGC?, 03/11:1

Hepatitis
HCV superstars spotlight viral load testing, 06/11:1

Histocompatibility
Seeking better fits in transplant services, 07/11:1

Human papillomavirus
Finding multiple HPV genotypes in adolescent females, 02/11:68

Immunohistochemistry
Decades on, IHC keeps making its mark, 09/11:1
In IHC, best to aim for ‘middle’, 10/11:1

Infectious disease surveillance/testing
Infectious disease meets mass spectrometry, 05/11:1

Influenza
Outsmarting flu with assays, novel drugs, 04/11:1

Informatics (see also Automation and Information systems, software technologies)
All for one—unifying CP and AP data, 02/11:1
Parade of hopefuls in digital pathology, 02/11:1
EMR push: Lab leaders talk incentives, interfaces, integration, 02/11:24
Unified AP/LIS—‘one system, with one database,’ 02/11:58
Learning how to live in pathology’s next phase, 04/11:58

Information systems, software technologies (see also Automation)
Voice of choice for lab transcriptions, 01/11:1
All for one—unifying CP and AP data, 02/11:1
Anatomic pathology computer systems, 02/11:41
Unified AP/LIS—‘one system, with one database,’ 02/11:58
Middleware to ‘littleware’: vendors catering to smaller labs, 03/11:14
Middleware systems, 03/11:18
Lab-link vendors on a mission with ‘mobile’ and more, 04/11:12
Laboratory-provider links software, 04/11:12
When billing systems offer labs rich rewards, 05/11:63
Billing/accounts receivable/RCM systems, 05/11:66
Minting QC and efficiency gains with middleware, 06/11:82
Helping hands—latest devices lift positive patient ID, 07/11:20
Positive patient identification products, 07/11:30
AP labs seek to sync with growing IT menu, 09/11:1
Laboratory automation systems and workcells, 09/11:20
Dropping downtime for immediate FNA evaluations, 10/11:5
Blood bank information systems, 10/11:30
LIS consultants: from what they know to what labs need, 11/11:16
Laboratory Information Systems, 11/11:22
EHR rules, interfaces—2 cases call up everyday issues, 11/11:38

Instrumentation/instrument product guides
Coagulation analyzers—ready for routine and special assays, 01/11:20
Accuracy above all for point-of-care glucose analyzers, 03/11:67
Bedside glucose testing systems, 03/11:68
POC coag technology path: simple to savvy, 05/11:27
Coagulation analyzers—point of care, self-monitoring, 05/11:28
Immunoassay analyzers: an ever-expanding selection, 06/11:14
Vendors toil and tinker to refine chemistry analyzers, 07/11:54
Chemistry analyzers for mid- and high-volume laboratories, 07/11:56
New tests, connectivity options for blood gas analyzers, 08/11:22
In vitro blood gas analyzers, 08/11:24
Automated platforms lowering the molecular barriers, 08/11:62
Automated molecular platforms, 08/11:65
From basics to big picture: chemistry analyzers for low-volume labs, 10/11:56
Chemistry analyzers (for low-volume laboratories), 10/11:57
Next-generation sequencing instruments, 11/11:52
New applications, middleware, and more for hematology analyzers, 12/11:24
Hematology analyzers, 12/11:24

Kidney disease/kidney injury (see also Estimated glomerular filtration rate)
A better shot at predicting kidney failure?, 07/11:1
Better kidney markers ahead?, 11/11:1

Lab portals
Lab-link vendors on a mission with ‘mobile’ and more, 04/11:12

Laboratory administration/management
New book makes it your business to run a lab, 08/11:5
Directing a lab: sink, swim—or look to CAP course, 09/11:7

Laboratory efficiency/cost-savings measures
Eyes on the prize improves AP specimen processing, 09/11:12
Antibiotic program supersizes impact of molecular testing, 10/11:49

Laboratory profiles
In successful core lab rollouts, just a matter of time, 04/11:46

Laboratory test problems/pitfalls
New go-to guide for solving POC conundrums, 01/11:7

Legal issues/actions (see also Medical mistakes)
Mr. Smith goes to Washington, 03/11:7

Leukemia
No shortage of subtleties in CLL diagnoses, 8/11:1

Lung cancer
Use of cytology and small biopsy specimens in diagnosing, treating lung cancer, 05/11:76
Lung cancer test, drug offer ‘fantastic’ hope, 11:11:1

Mammography
Making a match between pathology, mammography, 05/11:48

Mass spectrometry
Infectious disease meets mass spectrometry, 05/11:1

Medicare/Medicaid
What’s inside the 2011 physician fee schedule final rule, 01/11:48
Labs ponder the latest in cost-saving schemes, 07/11:7
Following the money—Medicare payment in 2012, 12/11:3`

Microbiology
Nothing to kid about—STD testing in children, teens, 02/11:60
Finding multiple HPV genotypes in adolescent females, 02/11:68
Fresh approach to micro—front-end robotics, 05/11:1
Ins and outs of AST highlight proficiency challenges, 05/11:7

Micrometastases
At last, answers on micromets, 04/11:1

Middleware
Middleware to ‘littleware’: vendors catering to smaller labs, 03/11:14
Minting QC and efficiency gains with middleware, 06/11:82

Mitochondrial disease
Untangling the knot of mitochondrial disease, 09/11:1

Molecular pathology
Molecular CPT codes topple old ‘stacking’ codes, 04/11:5
Testing recurrence risk for breast cancer, 06/11:1
MicroRNA—is the contender a champ?, 08/11:1

Nanotechnology
Nanotechnology speeds DNA, RNA extraction from tissue, 07/11:48

Newsbytes
Geography no barrier to informatics group’s efforts, 01/11:71
PathCentral purchases eTeleNext, 01/11:72
Atlas Medical offers connectivity service and CPOE product, 01/11:72
Klas Enterprises names recipients of 2010 customer satisfaction awards, 01/11:72
Investment consortium acquires Sunquest Information Systems, 01/11:72
Pocket-sized medical data device links patients to providers remotely, 01/11:72
Medicom Technologies marketing high-tech medical ID wristband, 01/11:72
CAP diagnostic workstation: a work in progress on many fronts, 02/11:87
NetLims releases update to AutoLims laboratory system, 02/11:88
Data Innovations offering new version of middleware, 02/11:88
Federal agency to track health care information technology trends, 02/11:88
Software for migrating to ICD-10 codes, 02/11:88
New Keane contract announced, 02/11:88
Hold harmless clauses in health care IT contracts: assessing accountability, 03/11:85
Sunquest expands laboratory product line, 03/11:86
Apollo releases cloud-based patient media manager, 03/11:86
Meditech purchases LSS Data Systems, 03/11:86
HHS launches Web portal to support health IT developers, 03/11:86
SCC recognized for workforce training, 03/11:86
State’s aim: leader in electronic lab data exchange, 04/11:71
Technest acquires Accelpath, 04/11:72
FDA rule reclassifies select hardware and software, 04/11:72
Meditech platforms certified as complete EHR systems, 04/11:72
Mediware to install system at CTS laboratory, 04/11:72
Lab interoperability project gaining momentum, 05/11:93
Two Fold Software releases new version of LIMS, 05/11:93
New Web site a resource for ICD-10 and 5010 transition, 05/11:93
3M introduces interoperability solutions as Web applications, 05/11:94
AMA releases CPT reference application, 05/11:94
Sunquest offers variety of blood bank systems, 05/11:94
U.S. Military signs software contract with Mediware, 05/11:94
Pathology software company checks off app for Apple iPad from to-do list, 06/11:104
Covisint partners with JVHL on statewide data-exchange project, 06/11:106
GGC Software Holdings to acquire Lawson Software, 06/11:106
Halfpenny Technologies enhances mobile application for results reporting, 06/11:106
McKesson LIS receives EHR modular certification, 06/11:107
Philips and NEC team up in digital pathology arena, 06/11:107
Data Innovations and GLP systems join forces, 06/11:107
4medica to install clinical integration platform at PAML reference lab, 06/11:107
Autonomous mobile laboratory robot shows its mettle and moxie, 07/11:98
Typenex Medical marketing system for transfusion safety, 07/11:99
VitalWare introduces ICD-10 vendor-readiness dashboard, 07/11:99
Orchard Software lab information system certified as EHR module, 07/11:100
Psyche updates Web-based laboratory outreach module, 07/11:100
Halfpenny partners with extension center on laboratory hub, 07/11:100
Health care system purchases Sunquest lab solutions suite, 07/11:100
Cost of meeting federal mandates: Whose IT fee should it be?, 08/11:103
ONC releases health care IT teaching materials, 08/11:104
Standard Register announces acquisition of Dialog Medical, 08/11:106
Companies offer training products to address ICD-10 coding standard, 08/11:106
New foundation focuses on improving informatics skills, 08/11:106
Two Fold Software adds new feature to LIMS, 08/11:106
Why Sunquest leads with Lean, 09/11:109
Halfpenny partners with Georgia extension center on lab hub, 09/11:110
FDA outlines proposed approach to oversight of mobile medical applications, 09/11:110
Robot makers team up in health care marketplace, 09/11:111
Nuance acquires company and partners with medical center, 09/11:111
Siemens marketing laboratory data-management system, 09/11:112
AMA makes coding applications and resources available on Web site, 09/11:112
Aprima Medical Software purchases Health Care Strategies, 09/11:112
New tracking software being put to cooler uses, 10/11:97
System from CSI Laboratories generates patient reports, 10/11:97
Optum acquires Axolotl, 10/11:97
Sunquest releases latest version of lab system, 10/11:97
4medica EHR receives federal certification, 10/11:98
QuadraMed product supports ICD-9 and ICD-10 code sets, 10/11:98
Atlas upgrades anatomic pathology module, 10/11:98
Using cloud-based reference lab network, Cerner clients get more from less, 11/11:92
Upcoming LOINC workshop and meeting, 11/11:94
Sunquest purchases PowerPath AP system from Elekta, 11/11:94
Clinical informatics recognized as medical subspecialty, 11/11:94
Siemens introduces system for data management, 11/11:94
4medica unveils application for smartphones and tablets, 11/11:96
ONC undertakes data query initiative, 11/11:96
Using data-masking software to prevent a data breach, 12/11:80
New LIMS for molecular diagnostics laboratories, 12/11:82
Olympus and Caris Diagnostics unveil pathology interface, 12/11:82
AMA announces opposition to federal ICD-10 mandate, 12/11:82
Xifin introduces solution for revenue cycle management, 12/11:82
Cove releases updated laboratory inventory-management software, 12/11:82
Contracts and installations, 12/11:82

Next-generation sequencing/Sanger sequencing
Next-gen sequencing in clinical debuts, 04/11:1
Sanger sequencing here for the long haul, 10/11:1
Next-gen shifts DNA sequencing into hyperdrive, 11/11:1
Next-generation sequencing instruments, 11/11:52

Obituary
Yun Sik Kwak, MD, PhD 1937-2010, 02/11:6
S. Victor Savino, MD 1931-2011, 05/11:38

Opinion
The evolving new role of laboratory professionals, 05/11:54

Pain management
Pain service—nuts and bolts of lab support, 12/11:57

Pathologist/patient relationship
Talk to a pathologist? Plenty of patients line up, 12/11:67

Pathology residents/residency programs
In CP training, are we teaching consultation?, 08/11:83

Patient consults
A meeting of minds on patient consults, 01/11:1

Patient ID systems/patient safety (see also Safety)
Huddles, checklists, and Dale Carnegie: promoting a culture of patient safety, 11/11:68

Patient self-testing/home testing
Study aside, INR testing still homeward bound?, 01/11:42

Physician fee schedule
What’s inside the 2011 physician fee schedule final rule, 01/11:48
Following the money—Medicare payment in 2012, 12/11:3

Point-of-care testing/guidelines/standards
10 years out, POC connectivity standard still not in, 02/11:5

Positive patient identification
Helping hands—latest devices lift positive patient ID, 07/11:20

Proficiency testing
Ins and outs of AST highlight proficiency challenges, 05/11:7
New challenges take labs beyond proficiency testing, 12/11:43

Put it on the Board
Keys to a world-class oncology program, 02/11:78
WHO gives nod to rapid TB test, 02/11:78
Warfarin, tamoxifen genetic test use, 02/11:78
Prometheus and UCLA to validate biomarkers for IBD, 02/11:78
New food allergy guidelines, 02/11:79
NinePoint Medical to develop in vivo pathology platform, 02/11:79
Ambry Genetics launches Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencing services, 02/11:79
Novartis to acquire Genoptix, 03/11:76
CMS launches physician comparison Web site, 03/11:76
New software helps in managing blood use, 03/11:76
FDA OKs HCV rapid test, 03/11:76
Quest to acquire Athena, 03/11:76
IHC assay guideline revised, 03/11:76
Clearstone and Mitsubishi partner, 05/11:86
Cancer survivors in ’07: 11.7 million, 05/11:86
New tool for developing cancer drugs, diagnostics, 05/11:86
LabCorp acquires Orchid, 05/11:87
CAP accredits Pathwork, 05/11:87
Physician-hospital relationships, 05/11:87
Diagnostic tests in drug labels—AMP issues position statement, 06/11:113
DNA of 50 breast cancer patients decoded, 06/11:113
Nestle to buy Prometheus, 06/11:114
UPMC to provide pathology consults to lab in China, 07/11:110
For inventory management, a trial run of RFID, 07/11:110
Two new serious reportable events, 07/11:110
Looking for high-grade prostate cancer in men deemed low risk, 07/11:110
Atlas expands offices across U.S., 07/11:110
First clinical practice study reported for EarlyCDT-Lung, 08/11:114
Sequenom signs for HiSeq, 08/11:114
Personalized medicine on a broader scale, 08/11:114
FDA proposes new policy for some IVD, radiology devices, 08/11:114
Qiagen buy underway, 08/11:114
New approvals of drug-diagnostic pairs, 09/11:118
Bringing costs under control, 09/11:118
Sequencer, HLA typing kits submitted to FDA, 09/11:118
Tissue of Origin Test works with body fluid specimens, 09/11:118
A novel pathogenic ehrlichia agent, 09/11:118
CLL prognosis test cleared, 09/11:118
Siemens, JOEL to co-develop advanced chemistry platforms, 09/11:118
Ten potential ACO mistakes, 10/11:106
Imaging suite for infectious agents, 10/11:106
Partnering for companion tests, 10/11:106
Peanut allergen component test, 10/11:106
Final clinical study of OTC HIV test, 10/11:106
Caliper to merge with PerkinElmer, 10/11:106
Genomics education—from push to pull, 11/11:106
Japan’s Miraca to buy Caris Diagnostics, 11/11:106
Phlebotomy best practices series, 11/11:106
GE earmarks $1 billion for cancer R&D, 11/11:106
Reducing ICU mortality, hospital costs, 11/11:106
Galectin-3 and heart failure readmission, 12/11:90
CUP test and colorectal cancer outcomes, 12/11:90
Life Tech to develop companion test, 12/11:90
FDA-cleared HER2 algorithm application, 12/11:90
Making HIV tests compatible with NGS, 12/11:90

Q&A
FDA advisory related to creatinine testing (Miller), 01/11:70
Standard for reporting basal cell carcinoma excision margins when the clearance is less than 0.5 mm (Frishberg), 01/11:70
How to report the color of cerebrospinal fluid (Galagan), 02/11:86
Reflexing a pathologist review of a peripheral blood smear from a CBC with differential order versus obtaining a separate physician’s order (Pimmerman), 02/11:86
Hypersegmented polymorphs as a manifestation of myelodysplasia (Clarke), 02/11:86
Detecting ciguatoxin in marine species of fish to prevent the development of ciguatera (Middleberg), 03/11:82
Classifying tumors that create skin nodule by direct extension without a satellite nodule, edema, ulceration, or evidence of inflammatory carcinoma (Lester, Chen), 03/11:84
What is the recommended tube for collecting joint fluids for crystal
analysis? (Galagan), 04/11:70
Is it considered a best laboratory practice to perform slide microscopy to identify white blood cells in stool? (Pritt), 04/11:70
Who is responsible for obtaining consent for transfusion and reviewing transfusion reactions? (AuBuchon), 05/11:95
Do CLIA standards prohibit a blood draw from central sites, such as external jugular, upper brachioaxillary, or femoral veins? (Ernst), 05/11:95
What is the correct way to dilute samples and reagents? (Fishel), 06/11:103
Do hematology QC materials for daily calibration verification have to be handled, prepared, applied, and returned to storage in a consistent and timely manner to retain their integrity? (George), 06/11:103
Is there a consensus on updating and documenting Medicare Secondary Payer information on nursing home patients in which hospital personnel provide the phlebotomy service? (Gemme), 06/11:104
Methods, other than gas chromatography/mass spectrometry, to test methylmalonic acid (Faix), 07/11:96
Suggestions for interpreting the CD68 stain in Hodgkin lymphoma (Alsabeh), 07/11:96
Is there an algorithm for protein electrophoresis interpretation? (Geyer), 08/11:100
Does drug metabolism continue after death? If so, which cells or tissues or factors are responsible for such low levels? (Jones, Cina) 08/11:100
If you perform a stool culture on material collected after a bowel prep for colonoscopy, will this affect the recovery rate of organisms and results of examination for ova and parasites? (Ribes), 08/11:102
When will DNA laboratories be regulated? What would the requirements be for such labs? (Vance), 08/11:102
HER2/neu testing on gastric gastroesophageal carcinomas (Troxell), 09/11:106
Need to do alternative tests for reducing substances in the urine specimens of young children (Perry), 09/11:108
Special handling of an erythrocyte sedimentation rate test performed on a specimen with a strong cold agglutinin (Vergara-Lluri), 10/11:95
Cost-effectiveness of extracting DNA from buccal smears and paraffin blocks (Boyle), 10/11:95
Is hCG-like pituitary hormone two-stranded? (Faix), 10/11:96
How can we establish an accurate platelet estimate for our laboratory? (Etzell), 11/11:90
What is the future of LC-MS/MS in the routine clinical testing laboratory? (Franke), 11/11:90
Performing immunohistochemistry for B-cell markers to look for residual disease (Pryor), 12/11:79
Necessity of doing a sulfosalicylic acid test to prove specific false results on a urine analyzer (Zimmerman), 12/11:79
What is the correct procedure to report the absolute percent of neutrophils in patients with total counts of 800, 600, or 500 or less? (Etzell), 12/11:80

Q-Probes and test management
INR practice gaps found in Q-Probes, 03/11:1
Making a match between pathology, mammography, 05/11:48

Safety (See also Patient ID systems/Patient safety)
Patient safety errors on the CHOPing block, 05/11:1
Huddles, checklists, and Dale Carnegie: promoting a culture of patient safety, 11/11:68

Sexually transmitted diseases
Nothing to kid about—STD testing in children, teens, 02/11:60

Shorts on Standards
Creating genetic testing reference materials, 02/11:85
Revision ISO 15189: goals and next steps, 06/11:89
Embracing the future of genomic medicine, 09/11:56
eGFR goes global, 10/11:41

Specimen collection/processing
Eyes on the prize improves AP specimen processing, 09/11:12

Telecytology
Dropping downtime for immediate FNA evaluations, 10/11:5

Test management
Sealing the cracks in test result followup, 07/11:1

Test turnaround time/time management
Attacking the gap in emergency department TATs, 11/11:7

Thyroid disease/testing
Tough calls aplenty in thyroid specimens, 02/11:1

Transcription
Voice of choice for lab transcriptions, 01/11:1

Transplant services (see also histocompatibility)
Seeking better fits in transplant services, 07/11:1

Troponin
Tracking troponin TAT, completeness of cancer reports. 10/11:38

Viral load testing
HCV superstars spotlight viral load testing, 06/11:1

 

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