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  CAP TODAY Archive for 2002

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Updated September 30, 2008

2002

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2002 CAP TODAY Article Index (PDF)


December 2002

Cover Story:

In microbiology lab, five not-so-easy pieces

Feature Stories:

Pap and HPV DNA testing: Is there room for both?
Getting serious about platelet contamination
Florida Squeeze: Florida court ruling threatens professional component billing
Blood and money: pay gap could derail blood safety
More time permitted to bring cancer protocols onboard
New and improved: hematology analyzers
In CPT ’03, clinical laboratory changes only

President’s Desk:

The conduit of credibility

Regular Features:

Survey High-Volume Hematology Analyzers (PDF, 88 KB)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A


November 2002

Cover Story:

Clinical proteomics—someday, somehow

Feature Stories:

Automation site visits: making the trek to the trenches
Helping clinicians cope with CPOE systems
Old debate, new state—direct access test law passes
Sketching out changes in the microbiology checklist
Steering clear of malpractice claims
Line backers—support grows for linearity Surveys
Putting the question ’Which is best?’ to the test

President’s Desk:

Turning ideas into action plans

Regular Features:

Survey Laboratory Information Systems (PDF, 96 KB)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A


October 2002

Cover Story:

Window watchers—eyeing NAT’s impact

Feature Stories:

Order in the blood bank: automation steps up
Giving cytotechs a breather on manual Pap test screening
FocalPoint GS system classification model
ThinPrep Imaging System
DNA deluge
Need for software savvy in push for patient safety
Quick on the draw—coagulation tube response
Open house: CMS welcomes lab input in fee talks
Your CPT Questions

President’s Desk:

The move to disclose medical error

Regular Features:

Survey Blood Bank Informations Systems (PDF, 100 KB)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Lab Accrediation Newsletter
Q & A


September 2002

Cover Story:

Brainteaser-1p/19q deletions in gliomas

Feature Stories:

Urinalysis finally catches up
Lightening the cancer protocols’ data demands
Taking care of business as HIPAA draws near
Key terms
Blood pressure: New Q-Probe looks at types and screens for scheduled surgeries
Genes pointing the way in lymphoma prognosis
Money order: Hunting down the true costs of POC testing
Innovations in Pathology: Improving laboratory use
Blood gas analyzer basics—and beyond

President’s Desk:

Medical liability reform heats up

Regular Features:

Survey In Vitro Blood Gas Analyzers (PDF, 134 KB)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A


August 2002

Cover Story:

Merged platforms: bargain or breaking point?

Feature Stories:

Believe it or not—do-it-yourself lab automation
Bringing outreach billing back to life
Fee cuts proposed; CAP to pose alternatives
It’s all in the numbers with Q-Tracks and Q-Probes
Q-Tracks/Q-Probes planned for 2003
Shortchanged: Dollars don’t add up for prothrombin home monitoring
Prothrombin self-testing: where the lab comes in
Melanoma claims: from overreaction to oversight
Getting ready for the bioinformatics shakeup

PAP/NGC Programs Review:

Putting HPV testing into everyday practice
How to become a cytopathology inspector
Managing women with abnormal results
Where do Pap program slides come from?
Q & A

President’s Desk:

Crisis in liability insurance coverage

Regular Features:

Survey Coagulation Analyzers (Point-of-care, self-monitoring) (PDF, 78 KB)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A

Special Section: PAP/NGC Programs Review

Putting HPV testing into everyday practice
How to become a cytopathology inspector
Managing women with abnormal results
Where do Pap program slides come from?
Q & A


July 2002

Cover Story:

Catching ovarian cancer with time to spare

Feature Stories:

One year later, cholesterol guidelines sinking in
One option for a more complete profile
Taking a bite out of billing, coding errors
Pinning reimbursement hopes on CMS powwow
Automation takes on fine details, bigger picture
Leaping beyond the genome what lies ahead?
Beyond blood cells: stem cells’ startling potential

President’s Desk:

Cultivating the garden

Regular Features:

Survey Survey of Instruments: Chemistry analyzers branching out (PDF, 135 KB)
Survey System Review Series: Adding up billing system offerings (PDF, 67 KB)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A


June 2002

Cover Story:

Steering sepsis along the coag course

Feature Stories:

New Pap guidelines are here .and now the real work begins
Perks plus: the new hematology analyzers
Chasing after the causes of platelet disorders
How top-notch POC programs earn high marks
Turning up the volume on lab automation
In memoriam: James D. Barger, MD 1917-2002
Declaration of professional responsibility

PAP/NGC Programs Review:

Q & A
A day to remember
Before litigation, blindedrescreening a must CAP updates guide for review of Pap tests in litigation or potential litigation
CAP Guidelines for Review of Pap Tests in the Context of Litigation or Potential Litigation
Log on to learn more
What to tell clinicians about the Pap test
Slides, please
Guidelines for cervical cytology practice
CAP quality improvement manual

President’s Desk:

The Panacea for our malaise

Regular Features:

Survey: Survey of Instruments: Chemistry analyzers (for low-volume laboratories) (PDF, 100 KB)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Lab Accreditation Newsletter
Q & A


May 2002

Cover Story:

Testing for HIV mutations hard to resist
Doing more than testing and switching

Feature Stories:

Antibiotic alert- labs, pharmacies take on cost and misuse
Picking a path for PTH testing
Cleaning up the clutter in disease reporting
What went wrong? Learn to confirm- lessons from a core needle case
Tying up loose ends with a lab project database

President’s Desk:

Advocacy and professionalism

Regular Features:

Survey System Review Series: Physician office-laboratory links software (PDF, 492 KB)
Survey System Review Series: Laboratory automation systems & workcells (PDF)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A

Special Section: PAP/NGC Programs Review

Q & A
A day to remember
Before litigation, blinded rescreening a must
CAP Guidelines for Review of Pap Tests in the Context of Litigation or Potential Litigation
Log on to learn more
What to tell clinicians about the Pap test
Prep slides
Guidelines for cervical cytology practice
CAP quality improvement manual


April 2002

Cover Story:

Lab-based allergy testing on the march

Feature Stories:

Bedside bull’s-eye? POC cardiac tests gaining acceptance
Two-way street for HCV test algorithm
Special Delivery
What went wrong? Lessons learned from breast pathology malpractice claims
Beyond the blame game-putting QA through its paces in AP laboratories
Merging terminologies for a new mother tongue

President’s Desk:

Pathology without barriers

Regular Features:

Survey Survey of Instruments: Automated immunoassay analyzers (PDF, 215 KB)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A


March 2002

Cover Story:

Bladder markers gunning for green light
Genetic model of human urothelial carcinogenesis
Assembly of whole-organ histologic and genetic maps

Feature Stories:

Core chores--making the core lab work
Getting a jump on cardiovascular disease
Treating with nesiritide
Tightening the reins on surgical blood procedures
Holding out for the right job
Where to turn
Clamping down: How tight should glycemic control be?
Getting the word out to public, press via CAP spokesperson training

President’s Desk:

A new ’Focus’ on what we do

Regular Features:

Survey Glucose Analyzers (PDF, 60 KB)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A


February 2002

Cover Story:

Breast specimens: FNA, core, more

Feature Stories:

Making the call on HER2 testing methods
Serum HER2 testing
New tools for netting POC connectivity
Spectrum of connectibility
Acting on anthrax-- what one lab learned
Zooming into the future-- digital pioneers forge ahead
Blazing another path through digital wilderness

President’s Desk:

Of tissues, organs, and pathologists

Regular Features:

Survey System Review Series: Anatomic Pathology Computer Systems (PDF, 70 KB)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A


January 2002

Cover Story:

Mutations add up to thrombophilic risk
Making the tough decisions on FVL

Feature Stories:

Seeing the light on LIS data conversion
One alternative strategy: cold or hot?
Getting the scoop on nutrition testing
Physician nutrition care communication form
At last, more uniform coverage for high-volume tests
Changing lanes with capillary electrophoresis
The reagents: costs to consider
Expert systems a feast for leaner laboratories

PAP/NGC Programs Review:

Liquid-based Pap testing benefits becoming clear
Bringing in Bethesda 2001: How the University of Kentucky made the switch
Bethesda System 2001
Q & A
Log on to learn more
Using 5-year retrospective reviews to manage risk, improve quality
Looking for lost slides

President’s Desk:

Travel in time and space

Regular Features:

Survey Coagulation Analyzers (PDF, 239 Kb)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A

Special Section: PAP/NGC Programs Review

Liquid-based Pap testing benefits becoming clear
Bringing in Bethesda 2001: How the University of Kentucky made the switch
Bethesda System 2001
Q & A
Log on to learn more
Using 5-year retrospective reviews to manage risk, improve quality
Looking for lost slides
Putting HPV testing into everyday practice
How to become a cytopathology inspector
Managing women with abnormal results
Where do Pap program slides come from?
Q & A


Survey Library

High-Volume Hematology Analyzers - December 2002 (PDF, 88 KB)
Laboratory Information Systems - November 2002 (PDF, 96 KB)
Blood Bank Informations Systems - October 2002 (PDF, 100 KB)
In Vitro Blood Gas Analyzers - September 2002 (PDF, 134 KB)
Coagulation Analyzers (Point-of-care, self-monitoring) - August 2002 (PDF, 78 KB)
Survey of Instruments: Chemistry analyzers branching out - July 2002 (PDF, 135 KB)
System Review Series: Adding up billing system offerings - July 2002 (PDF, 67 KB)
Survey of Instruments: Chemistry analyzers (for low-volume laboratories) - June 2002 (PDF, 100 KB)
System Review Series: Physician office-laboratory links software - May 2002 (PDF, 492 KB)
System Review Series: Laboratory automation systems & workcells - May 2002 (PDF)
Survey of Instruments: Automated immunoassay analyzers< - April 2002 (PDF, 215 KB)
Glucose Analyzers - March 2002 (PDF, 60 KB)
System Review Series: Anatomic Pathology Computer Systems - February 2002 (PDF, 70 KB)
Coagulation Analyzers - January 2002 (PDF, 239 Kb)

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