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  CAP TODAY 2008 Archive

 

Updated March 30, 2009

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2008 CAP TODAY Article Index

2008 CAP TODAY Article Index (PDF, 183)

December 2008 December 2008

Cover Story

The small, small world of quantum dots

Feature Stories

Health care under Obama—what to expect
Soon, all eyes on better blood use
Tapping ‘hidden’ sources of pathology revenue
Sneak preview: normal prothrombin time and aPTT
    Interested in submitting a question Case study
Clot knot–unraveling tests for coag disorders
Foreign exchange—gleaning ideas from labs abroad
First–year residents—let’s start from the very beginning

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A - Latest Queries and Comments
    Interested in submitting a question  Interested in submitting a question?
Newsbytes
Your CPT Questions
Information systems product guide:
    Interested in submitting a question  Much ado about size, standardization, simplicity, and specimen transport
        Interested in submitting a question Hematology analyzers (PDF, 510 KB)


November 2008 November 2008

Cover Story

Tuberculosis testing no longer skin deep

Feature Stories

Labs on the brink of ISO 15189 approval
Coag collision course—cancer and thrombosis
Integrated analyzers: proof is in the throughputting
Differential strokes—Mayo’s take on middleware
7 years into CF carrier screening, and still controversy
Critical values—looking closely at calls, cutoffs

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A - Latest Queries and Comments
    Interested in submitting a question  Interested in submitting a question?
Newsbytes
Information systems product guide:
    Interested in submitting a question Moving to a new LIS? Let the headaches begin (PDF, 4.2 MB)


October 2008 October 2008

Cover Story

For nucleic acid extraction, choices galore

Feature Stories

Ageless quest—hunt for AD biomarkers
    A serum antibody targeting brain microglia  A serum antibody targeting brain microglia
Ruling casts shadow on accepted billing practice
    The Illinois billing case in brief  The Illinois billing case in brief
MRSA Survey and others energize next year’s lineup
In wristband, a simple reminder about safety
With Lean’s help, 14 inspections soon to be one
Minute by minute, digital a boon to tumor board
For outstanding service, awards aplenty
    Interested in submitting a question  Four governors reelected
Feather in your CAP—ACCME’s highest accreditation

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A - Latest Queries and Comments
    Interested in submitting a question  Interested in submitting a question?
CAPScan
Newsbytes
Information systems product guide: - Powerful possibilities for low-volume laboratories
    arrow Chemistry analyzers for low-volume laboratories - (PDF, 542 KB)


September 2008 September 2008

Cover Story

Subtypes put HIV viral loads in spotlight

Feature Stories

The eyes don’t have it—facing a shortfall in ophthalmic pathology
Class action for myeloproliferative disorders
Making AP count with computer-assisted imaging
Locking in freshness—keeping biospecimens fit
For biorepository setup, consider consent, QA, and more
In microbiology, speedy results with PNA probes

Laboratory Accreditation News

Made to order—online customized checklists
Q & A

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A - Latest Queries and Comments
    Interested in submitting a question  Interested in submitting a question?
Newsbytes

Laboratory instrumentation product guide:
Companies fashion features to beef up blood bank systems
    arrow Blood bank information systems (PDF, 140 KB)


August 2008 August 2008

Cover Story

Vision quest–fresh look at AP automation

Feature Stories

Things heat up for personalized testing
Wins, worries on reimbursement battlefields
An appealing decision in Fla. PC payment case
Making the right calls on critical values, tests
Laying antiquated autopsy facilities to rest

PAP/NGC Program Review

Decade of wisdom on ultrasound-guided FNAs
For all of us, a place to ponder cytopathology’s future
Practice patterns in HPV testing
PAP/NGC Q and A
Heads in the sand—or not?
For cytotechnologists, molecular training a must
Cytotechnology schools under threat

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Letters
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A - Latest Queries and Comments
    Interested in submitting a question  Interested in submitting a question?
Newsbytes
Information systems product guide:
For blood gas analyzers, improvements all around
    arrow In vitro blood gas analyzers (PDF, 127 KB)


July 2008 July 2008

Cover Story

Are we there yet? New respiratory panels

Feature Stories

Putting glucose data to hospitalwide use
New clue for predicting stroke risk: Lp-PLA2
Green light for class arbitration on PC payment
Informatics to the rescue in fixing ‘blunt end’ AP errors
Outreach jujitsu—battle–tested sales advice
CPT Questions

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Letters
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes
Information systems product guide:
How investments in positive ID pay out in patient safety
    arrow  Positive patient identification systems and products (PDF, 211 KB)
Laboratory instrumentation product guide:
All eyes on broad test menus, integrated platforms
    arrow Chemistry analyzers for mid- and high-volume laboratories (PDF, 180 KB)


June 2008 June 2008

Cover Story

Punching a hole in specimen ID errors

Feature Stories

Starting point for lung cancer drugs: spot-on diagnoses
New century, new viruses, new worries
    The return of measles, mumps, and rubella The return of measles, mumps, and rubella
Never give in—fighting for POC patient safety
Labs coming up short in finding new talent
AACC meeting packed with speakers, exhibits
For RBCs, out with the old, in with the new?

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes
Laboratory instrumentation product guide:
Sensitivity, software, new tests for immunoassay needs.
    arrow Automated immunoassay analyzers Survey (PDF, 290 KB)


May 2008 May 2008

Cover Story

Mitigating MRSA, steps ahead of the law

Feature Stories

Staphylococcus aureus screening methods, today and to come
Amazing mets test? Sizing up a new assay
    RhIG Calculations Chart  Findings of an evidence-based assessment
Bringing new rigor to RhIG calculations
Physician, define thyself–pathology’s real role
Start spreading the news
Adjusting to the new anticoagulation safety rules
    What the Joint Commission will require in safety goal 3E:  What the Joint Commission will require in safety goal 3E:

PAP/NGC Program Review

A dialogue on thyroid disease reporting and management
Cervical cancer screening guidelines —communicating the right message
    Soon, a new gynecologic cytology atlas  Soon, a new gynecologic cytology atlas
    Statistically  Statistically speaking, federally mandated PT is unreliable
    Gyn cytology  Gyn cytology PT–’06 results and tough questions

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Letters
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A - Latest Queries and Comments
    Interested in submitting a question  Interested in submitting a question?
CAPScan
Newsbytes
Information systems product guide:
Vendors bank on new billing system features
    arrow Billing/accounts receivable systems (PDF, 115 KB)
Laboratory instrumentation product guide:
Coagulation analyzers–point of care, self-monitoring (PDF, 144 KB)


April 2008 April 2008

Cover Story

Viral virtuoso—RT-PCR as first-line test

Feature Stories

Using IT to anchor outreach in the black
    arrow  Chi’s survey results
Putting POCT in good hands
For pathologists, the future arrives this June
SNP to it–moving arrays into clinical use
Demands of molecular outstrip ordinary LISs
Sifting through software—how one lab chooses
Going to Ghana, pathology expertise in tow

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
CAPScan
Newsbytes
Information systems product guide:
New name for an established game
LPL vendors fix on future, set common course
    arrow LPL Vendors Survey (PDF, 171 KB)
Laboratory instrumentation product guide:
Safety at the center of glucose meter developments
    arrow Glucose Survey (PDF, 128 KB)


March 2008 March 2008

Cover Story

Too fast or too slow on PGx testing?

Feature Stories

PT referral raising red flags with CMS
Your CPT Questions
No going it alone on test use
    Interested in submitting a question Exclusionary criteria for dysuria
Speeding toward real time with POC glucoses
Looking to hike tissue donations for HER2 Surveys
Merged lab on track with efficient design

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes
Information systems product guide:
Vendors’ views on the function and future of middleware
    Interested in submitting a question Flexing connectivity muscle with middleware
Flexibility at heart of automation solutions
Laboratory instrumentation product guide:
Middleware Systems (PDF, 103 KB)
Laboratory automation systems and workcells (PDF, 163 KB)
GHC Laboratory Utilization Management (PDF, 305 KB)


February 2008 February 2008

Cover Story

What’s the use? Mending lab utilization

Feature Stories

Small no more —stopping the erosion of control in AP
A look at HER2 testing today, HER2 tomorrow
    Interested in submitting a question An urgent need for breast tissue samples
Good news on critical values, says Q-Probes audit
    Interested in submitting a question Study findings in brief
Digging their way in: digital pathology systems
MGH SICU guidelines for lab testing

PAP/NGC Program Review

Cervical cancer screening’s future in the post-vaccination era—a viewpoint
Perilous times for the Pap test?
PAP/NGC Q & A
Always inspection-ready
CAP HPV Survey to begin soon

Regular Features

President’s Desk
Letters
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes
Information systems product guide:
To gather, e-mail, or call ... or simply skip it all
Laboratory instrumentation product guide:
Anatomic pathology computer systems (PDF, 876 KB)


January 2008 January 2008

Cover Story

Lifting the quality of IHC analysis

Feature Stories

Pathology joins the PQRI plan this year
Looking for trouble in all the right places
At Molecular Summit, mix and match diagnostics
For molecular, a brand-new way
CPT ’08–tallying what’s new and revised for labs
Estrogen receptor testing–does your lab have the right stuff?

Regular Features

CAPScan
CPT Questions
President’s Desk
Letters
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A - Latest Queries and Comments
    Interested in submitting a question  Interested in submitting a question?
Newsbytes
Information systems product guide:
Plenty that’s new and improved in coagulation market
Laboratory instrumentation product guide:
Coagulation Analyzers (PDF, 1.3 MB)

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