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  2003 CAP TODAY Article Index

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AACC meetings
From the showroom floor: Products and announcements from AACC, September 2003:82
Facing up to anti-animal antibody interference, October 2003:76
Making the call on assay interference, November 2003:72

AIDS/HIV/other bloodborne diseases
Rapid HIV test whips up waiver debate, February 2003:1
Good is getting better in HIV viral load testing, April 2003:28

Alzheimer’s disease
Digging deep for the roots of dementia, July 2003:1

American Board of Pathology
American Board of Pathology names new EVP, August 2003:62

Analyzer surveys (see Instrumentation/instrument surveys)

Anthrax (see Bioterrorism)

Antiangiogenesis drugs
In cancer fight, antiangiogenesis drugs still in play, February 2003:6

Arthritis
Assay takes arthritis out of the gray zone, June 2003:1

ASCP/CAP meetings
It’s ‘so long’ to business-as-usual at CAP meeting, April 2003:5

Automation
Push for patient safety is nudge for automation (laboratory automation systems and workcells), May 2003:33
To lower costs, one lab takes automation to task, July 2003:54
Making room for robotics in molecular labs, August 2003:1

Bethesda System
Judging specimen adequacy by Bethesda ’01 criteria, January 2003:61
Coming soon: New Bethesda System atlas and Web site, May 2003:68

Billing
Speaking volumes on point-of-care glucose billing, January 2003:1
Ten Commandments of professional component billing, March 2003:55

Bioterrorism
Fighting fear as well as smallpox in debate over vaccinations, May 2003:1
Commentary: A call to bare arms vs. smallpox, May 2003:12
New health care computer model set to battle bioterrorism (Newsbytes), November 2003:101

Blood/coagulation/hematology
Identity crisis persists—which D-dimer? January 2003:1
For warfarin monitoring in patients with lupus inhibitors, review PT method, January 2003:18
Q&A: What tests should be used to diagnose recurrent spontaneous abortion? (Triplett), January 2003:68
Q&A: When to use TEG, and who should operate it and interpret the results (Chandler), March 2003:77
Sticky business with tube holders, April 2003:1
Q&A: Acceptable decreases in protein C or S following trauma (Van Cott), April 2003:79
New hemoglobin disorders atlas one for the books, May 2003:5
Q&A: Initiating thrombolytic therapy before lab results for APTT and PT are received (Teruya), May 2003:98
Q&A: What is the half-life of low-molecular-weight heparin and what is the principle behind chromogenic anti-Xa test? (Olson), June 2003:105
Making room for robotics in molecular labs, August 2003:1
Chill out—a new idea on platelet storage, August 2003:1
Q&A: What product can be used to perform calibration verification for methemoglobin? (Burnett), August 2003:89
Q&A: Are there criteria to help labs decide which CBC results need to be reviewed, when manual smears need to be reviewed, and who should do these reviews? (Peterson), August 2003:89
Q&A: Distinguishing between manual and automated methods for retic counting (Novak), August 2003:90
Riding up and down on the ULR seesaw, September 2003:1
In two settings, plusses pile up for POC coag testing, September 2003:58
Q&A: Using a positive control and proficiency testing for Heinz body prep test (Novak), September 2003:94
Q&A: What is a suitable method for handling lab requests for specific gravity on other body fluids? (Novak), October 2003:86
Thinning out a dense affair: Cancer, clots, November 2003:1
KB assay still ahead despite tough rival, November 2003:1
Rooting out ‘invisible’ blood collection errors, December 2003:26
Q&A: Changes in International Sensitivity Index for thromboplastin reagents and its effect on international normalized ratio values (Adcock), December 2003:76
Q&A: Standards for tests affected by using plastic tubes instead of glass (Makar), December 2003:76

Blood banking/transfusion
Riding up and down on the ULR seesaw, September 2003:1
Waiting game nearly over for ISBT 128, October 2003:1
ISBT 128 revved up and ready to roll (blood bank information systems), October 2003:38
Squeezing out platelet contamination, November 2003:5

Board of Governors
Votes counted and governors seated, October 2003:62

Brief case
Diagnosing Clostridium difficile diarrhea and colitis, September 2003:44

Calibration verification
Calibration verification: Language barrier falls with checklist change, March 2003:48

Cancer
Q&A: Reliable methodological guidelines to help determine size of a breast tumor (Weidner), January 2003:68
In cancer fight, antiangiogenesis drugs still in play, February 2003:6
A supporting role for serum HER2/neu? March 2003:1
Getting the most out of prostate workups, March 2003:1
At every stage, labs stay in step with CML, May 2003:1
Commentary: Too much emphasis on screening interval, too little on safety, May 2003:12
Cervical cancer screening guidelines—then and now, May 2003:63
PAP/NGC Recommended Reading: Can mucinous lesions be diagnosed reliably by core needle biopsy? May 2003:65
PAP/NGC Q&A: What is required for inspection purposes regarding pathologist review of cytotechnologist-screened slides in light of the Bethesda 2001 changes? May 2003:68
PAP/NGC Q&A: Use of checklist question CYP.0440 and how it applies to Pap smears, May 2003:68
Q&A: Assessing single nodes with multiple small deposits and classifying them based on the largest single metastatic focus or the aggregate dimension (Fitzgibbons), July 2003:130
Q&A: Separating malignant melanoma into Clark levels III and IV (Bozzo), July 2003:130
Lowdown on PSA levels—should current threshold drop? September 2003:5
Thinning out a dense affair: Cancer, clots, November 2003:1
Q&A: Tumor deposits in pericolonic/perirectal adipose tissue away from primary cancer source: Are they tumor nodules or extension of lymph nodes? (Compton), November 2003:100

CAP ‘03
It’s ‘so long’ to business-as-usual at CAP meeting, April 2003:5
Eight of the great lauded at CAP ’03 annual meeting, October 2003:62
Votes counted and governors seated, October 2003:62
CAP annual stated meeting minutes, October 2003:63

CAP Foundation
CAP Foundation honors 2002–2003 contributors,November 2003:90
Humanitarian grants reach out to areas in need, November 2003:91
Brimhall receives first Rippey award, November 2003:91
Estate planning update: Congress close to finalizing charitable giving act, November 2003:91
More than 50 grants in 2003, November 2003:91

CAP checklists/guidelines/practice parameters/publications
Molecular pathology inspections: Rhyme and reason, February 2003:62
Calibration verification: Language barrier falls with checklist change, March 2003:48
New hemoglobin disorders atlas one for the books, May 2003:5
Getting blood gas laboratories into tip-top shape, July 2003:108
Flow cytometry’s 10-most-wanted’ checklist items, December 2003:50

CAP PathFocus
Apples to apples to oranges—comparing lab practices, June 2003:14

Capitol Scan
Support for Part A pay, January 2003:69
CAP backs smallpox plan,January 2003:69
TC ’grandfather’ extended, January 2003:70
TCs are up for outpatient surgical pathology, January 2003:70
A law in need of touchup, January 2003:70
Telemedicine in Minnesota, February 2003:80
Biological agent reports, February 2003:80
Thompson picks Dr. Debra Leonard, February 2003:81
Independent lab TC bills, February 2003:81
Spending bill saves Medicare fees, March 2003:118
Rapid HIV test wins waiver, March 2003:118
Independent laboratory cost survey,March 2003:118
Groups back CAP on autopsy photos, March 2003:118
Pathology groups working together, March 2003:118
QA for rapid HIV testing, April 2003:83
Group formulates IHC recommendations, April 2003:83
Minnesota physicians see flaw in telemedicine law, April 2003:84
Grassroots work for reform pays off, April 2003:84
Proving the value of genetic tests, May 2003:95
Too much still unknown about direct access testing, May 2003:95
A genetic test bill that complicates care, May 2003:96
Safe-harbor exemptions in autopsy photo laws, May 2003:97
SARS and health care worker safety, June 2003:102
Evaluating immunoassays, June 2003:103
Independent labs and TC services, June 2003:103
Protecting access to autopsy photos, June 2003:104
Medicare enrollment changes for providers, June 2003:104
Coverage for DNA-based tests, July 2003:128
Licensure rules for technologists, others, July 2003:128
Direct billing for outpatient pathology services, July 2003:129
Advocacy school scholarships, July 2003:129
Pharmacists’ scope of practice limited in New Jersey, August 2003:91
It's not over, say medical liability reform supporters, August 2003:91
CAP governor wins seat on AMA council, August 2003:92
Physicians to bear burden of Medicare ID changes, August 2003:92
Federal funds for forensic sciences, September 2003:96
Weighing in on new CPT test codes, September 2003:96
Lipid testing coverage edit, September 2003:96
Automatic payment adjustments canceled, September 2003:97
Voluntary reporting system for medical errors, September 2003:97
Is state oversight over? October 2003:87
Freezing blood payments, October 2003:88
CPT coding edits must go, October 2003:88
In tentative agreement: Physician fee increase, no copay, November 2003:98
Payment set for 6 new codes, November 2003:98
Pathology coding decision reversed, November 2003:99
What's ’excessive’? November 2003:99
Blood pay cuts are out, frozen pay rates are in, December 2003:74
More pathology coding edits, December 2003:74
A boost for SNOMED, December 20033:74
New fecal-occult blood test coverage, December 2003:75
Physician self-referral regs moving forward, December 2003:75

Cardiovascular disease/cardiac markers
Better cardiac calls: New marker for ischemia helps rule out ACS, June 2003:82
Detecting acute coronary syndrome when seconds count, July 2003:112
Q&A: What is the most cost-efficient testing for B-type natriuretic peptide? (Apple), December 2003:76

CLIA
Lab Accreditation Program in sync with CLIA, February 2003:59
With ’03 regulation, CLIA ’88 closes QC loop, March 2003:5
FDA puts ASR rule back on the table, October 2003:1

Commentary
Too much emphasis on screening interval, too little on safety, May 2003:12
A call to bare arms vs. smallpox, May 2003:12

Company profiles
Left to its own devices, Dade puts pedal to the mettle, November 2003:92

Consolidation
Taking on Goliaths, smaller practices find way to succeed, April 2003:1

Corrections/clarifications
Correction, November 2003:6

CPT questions/coding
New CPT and ICD-9-CM codes for cervical cytology services, January 2003:64
Use of code 88302 and sterilization procedures, February 2003:80
Category III codes and CPT codes, February 2003:80
Use of codes 88331 and/or 88332, April 2003:84
Changes to codes 38220 and 38221, April 2003:84
Proving the value of genetic tests, May 2003:95
Use of codes 88305 and/or 88307 and oriented needle-localization lumpectomy specimen, June 2003:102
Use of code 76098 and evaluating the specimen mammogram, June 2003:102
How do you code transabdominal hysterectomy with bilateral salpingoopherectomy? October 2003:87
What code(s) should be used to bill for liquid-based cytology HPV testing when using Ventana technique? October 2003:87
Is it appropriate to bill for processing and staining specimens when the slide yields nondiagnostic results due to an inadequate specimen or insufficient number of cells?< December 2003:74
Use of code 88309 and billing for two services performed on the same specimen, December 2003:74

Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (see Prion disease)

Cystic fibrosis
CF carrier screening—making it meaningful, January 2003:1
Q&A: Adequate testing volume for sweat chloride testing in diagnosing cystic fibrosis (LeGrys), May 2003:97

Cytopathology/histology (see also PAP/NGC Programs Review)
Pap test perils, February 2003:64
Cervical cancer screening guidelines—then and now, May 2003:63
Is there a right time for cyto/histo correlation in gyn cytology? May 2003:63
A sweep for missing slides, May 2003:66
Histology labs eye new kids on the block, October 2003:1
Word and deed: Pap test malpractice case turns on lack of followup, October 2003:22
Two roads for HPV testing, but only one is heavily traveled, November 2003:1

Data management
Bringing order to data chaos, November 2003:24

D-dimer
Identity crisis persists—which D-dimer? January 2003:1

Dementia (see Alzheimer’s disease)

Diabetes
Q&A: Confirming positive urines for protein (Blomberg), March 2003:78

Digital imaging
With synoptic reports, big picture in a small package, July 2003:5
Pixel-perfect: Why digital imaging leaders forge ahead, September 2003:68

Direct access testing
Retail detail—hospitals mull direct access testing, January 2003:5

DNA analysis
Q&A: Can DNA analysis be done on cremated remains? (Weedn), June 2003:105
Stopping rogue infectious agents in the nick of time, July 2003:24

Drugs of abuse
Drug culture—ins and outs of DOA screens, February 2003:1

Editorials of CAP president (see President’s Desk)

Electronic medical records
Stopping the paper blizzard in its tracks, January 2003:53
Revolution draws near for electronic medical records, August 2003:5

Executive War College
Esoteric tests lighten hospital labs’ wallets, July 2003:1
Survival tips for the informatics and retail revolutions, July 2003:98

FDA regulations
FDA puts ASR rule back on the table, October 2003:1

Firsthand Views
The mistake of ’kissing down’, January 2003:82
Hiring the successful, February 2003:94
From grade school to grad school, March 2003:130
Learning from a bad example, April 2003:94
Unmanaging your employees, May 2003:114
A great moment in management, June 2003:118
Pitch a tent and live there, July 2003:142
Work doesn’t have to be boring, August 2003:102
In praise of the great employee, September 2003:110
Starting is a resource, October 2003:98
Touching wallets, not lives, November 2003:114
Opting for opportunities, December 2003:86

Flow cytometry
Flow cytometry’s 10-most-wanted’ checklist items, December 2003:50

Genetics
CF carrier screening—making it meaningful, January 2003:1
Flunking the genetic test: Why we’re not ready for mass genetic screening and testing, January 2003:45
FDA puts ASR rule back on the table, October 2003:1

Genomics
Brisk trade in tissue for proteomics and genomics research, March 2003:1

Hepatitis
Putting some teeth into anti-HCV testing, April 2003:1

HER2
A supporting role for serum HER2/neu? March 2003:1

HIPAA
Q&A: HIPAA privacy rules and how they apply to pathology review of medical records (Travers), (PDF) February 2003:82
HIPAA and slide donations, May 2003:63

Homebrew tests
FDA puts ASR rule back on the table, October 2003:1

Immunoassay interference
Facing up to anti-animal antibody interference, October 2003:76
Making the call on assay interference, November 2003:72

Industry trends
Taking on Goliaths, smaller practices find way to succeed, April 2003:1
Speech-recognition software: At long last, slaying the dictation dragon, September 2003:1
Taking care of business (For 22 years, Dennis Padget helped labs focus on the numbers. What lies ahead?), December 2003:58

Infectious disease surveillance
Keeping cool-headed in the face of SARS, June 2003:1
Stopping rogue infectious agents in the nick of time, July 2003:24
Stepping up to the plate in prion surveillance, December 2003:1

Information systems, technologies (see also Automation)
Stopping the paper blizzard in its tracks, January 2003:53
The lowdown on ’linking’ software (physician office-laboratory links software), (PDF) February 2003:28
Anatomic system features: From the visual to the verbal (anatomic pathology computer systems), (PDF) March 2003:24
Pulling out all the stops in the LIS marketplace, May 2003:26
Push for patient safety is nudge for automation (laboratory automation systems and workcells), May 2003:33
What billing systems need to succeed (billing/accounts receivable systems), July 2003:68
Survival tips for the informatics and retail revolutions, July 2003:98
Speech-recognition software: At long last, slaying the dictation dragon, September 2003:1
ISBT 128 revved up and ready to roll (blood bank information systems), October 2003:38
Bringing order to data chaos, November 2003:24
For vendors, LOINC a fast track to the future (laboratory information systems), November 2003:34

Innovations in Pathology
New autopsy texts, and the winners are . . ., March 2003:116
Close-up photography, September 2003:92
’Old’ microscopes, September 2003:92
Tare it down, September 2003:92
Writing a quiz or paper, September 2003:92
Small specimens, September 2003:92
Try these filter tips, September 2003:92
Filing correctly, September 2003:92
Bench extenders, September 2003:92
Software discount, September 2003:92
Handling bones and other calcified tissue, December 2003:72
Safety (first!), December 2003:72
Dissection and fixation, December 2003:72
Decalcification, December 2003:72
Preliminary orientation, December 2003:72
Marking margins on surgical specimens of bone and soft tissue, December 2003:71
Saws and other instruments, December 2003:72

Instrumentation/instrument surveys
Toward multi-functional analyzers (coagulation analyzers), January 2003:18
POC connectivity standard up but running slowly, February 2003:22
The nuts and bolts of selecting instruments (automated immunoassay analyzers), (PDF) March 2003:72
The sweet smell of safety (bedside glucose testing systems), (PDF) April 2003:34
Choosing cost-efficiency in low-volume labs (chemistry analyzers for low-volume laboratories), June 2003:32
Making your med tech minutes count (chemistry analyzers for mid- and high-volume laboratories), July 2003:30
In POC coagulation, all eyes on ease and accuracy (coagulation analyzers, point-of care or self-monitoring), (PDF) August 2003:34
The brass tacks of blood gas analyzers (in vitro blood gas analyzers), September 2003:24
Labs are hungry and hematology vendors are cooking (high-volume hematology analyzers), December 2003:32

Ischemia
Better cardiac calls: New marker for ischemia helps rule out ACS, June 2003:82

Laboratory Accreditation News/CLA programs
Commission building bridges and turning out tools, February 2003:59
Lab Accreditation Program in sync with CLIA, February 2003:59
What was granted and what was gained at CLA meeting, June 2003:65
CLA probes problems, reacts to new rules and regs, October 2003:52
Flow cytometry’s ’10-most-wanted’ checklist items, December 2003:50

Laboratory Accreditation News: Queries and Comments
Automatic pipetting and evaluating the testing system for carryover effects according to checklist question CHM.24400 Phase II, June 2003:65
Must carryover studies be performed for all analytes and, if so, how often? June 2003:65
Is fluorochrome staining required for direct mycobacterial smears and microbiology checklist question MIC.32100? June 2003:65
Determining whether to reject mislabeled specimens, October 2003:52
How CLIA ’88 will affect QC requirements in the microbiology checklist, October 2003:54

Language standardization (see also SNOMED)
Creating a common language for labs, July 2003:1

Legal issues (see also Medical mistakes)
Pap test perils, February 2003:64
Q&A: Liability of independent physicians/groups who provide hospital services (Bierig), February 2003:82
Q&A: Laws and code of ethics regarding sharing patient records and slides (Bierig), April 2003:77
Word and deed: Pap test malpractice case turns on lack of followup, October 2003:22

Management issues/laboratory utilization
What lies in wait for office labs? June 2003:1
Waste watchers: Learning the Lean routine in clinical laboratories, August 2003:20

Medical mistakes (see also Legal issues)
Pap test perils, February 2003:64
Rooting out ‘invisible’ blood collection errors, December 2003:26

Medicare (see also Medicare entries under Capitol Scan)
Pathology spared the ’03 relative value cuts, February 2003:3
2003 Medicare relative values for pathology services, (PDF) February 2003:4
Q&A: How can CMS and Medicaid justify reimbursing for blood and components at a rate below that charged by the supplier? (Goodman), June 2003:106
CMS revises its estimates of reasonable earnings, October 2003:5
Proposed rule takes ‘excessive’ to extreme, December 2003:1
Unwelcome changes averted in fee schedule final rule, December 2003:5

Microbiology
Keeping score: Daniel Farkas, PhD, tracks the recent hits and misses in molecular testing, April 2003:46
Keeping cool-headed in the face of SARS, June 2003:1
Stopping rogue infectious agents in the nick of time, July 2003:24
As season starts, here’s the buzz on WNV, August 2003:1
Making room for robotics in molecular labs, August 2003:1
Made to order: How to add new tests, December 2003:1

Myocardial infarction (see Cardiovascular disease/cardiac markers)

NCCLS guidelines
Q&A: Standards for tests affected by using plastic tubes instead of glass (Makar), December 2003:76

Newsbytes
What one laboratory gained when its computer crashed,< January 2003:71
Key Communications introduces laboratory outreach product, January 2003:71
LabSoft, iKnowMed develop interface, January 2003:71
Precyse acquires HIM division of QuadraMed, February 2003:81
Health Language supplying technology to iSoft, February 2003:81
Upcoming AMIA meeting, February 2003:81
Data Innovations opens subsidiary in Latin America, February 2003:81
A meeting of minds, a medley of products, and more at HIMSS, March 2003:113
Patient safety a bigger worry than HIPAA, survey says, March 2003:114
Mediware transfusion management system granted FDA clearance, March 2003:115
LabSoft releases new version of LabNet, March 2003:115
NeoForte expands encrypted e-mail messaging application, March 2003:115
Micromedex provides clinical systems with a link to drug information, March 2003:115
ChartOne and JATA forge partnership, March 2003:115
SearchAmerica introduces new user interface, March 2003:115
Why deleting computer files isn’t always enough, April 2003:80
FDA clears blood donor software from SCC Soft Computer, April 2003:80
Health insurer funding electronic physician office visits, April 2003:80
LabSoft adds anatomic pathology software to product portfolio, April 2003:82
Misys and LabCorp enter development agreement, April 2003:82
Vendors join HIMSS in push for universal electronic health records, May 2003:99
SCC Soft Computer and IntraNexus forge relationship, May 2003:99
New thermal transfer printers, May 2003:99
Axolotl releases transcription management, accounting tools, May 2003:99
Slamming spamming, June 2003:100
Federal initiative embraces health information standards, June 2003:100
CCA to release updated version of CyberLab, June 2003:100
New handheld PC, June 2003:100
Pathology informatics poised for a push, July 2003:126
Desktop printer designed to meet proposed FDA rules, July 2003:126
Connectivity for Stratus CS analyzer, July 2003:127
FTC action says it all: Do not call, July 2003:127
New version of Instrument Manager released, July 2003:127
Privacy issues still pressing on Capitol Hill, August 2003:84
GE Medical Systems to acquire Triple G, August 2003:84
CLMA: The hip, the new, the inside view, August 2003:84
Misys to broaden portfolio through alliance, acquisition, August 2003:86
4Medica partners with Persys Technology, August 2003:88
Gambro BCT, MAK-System collaborate on blood center system, August 2003:88
MedPlus offering e-prescribing services, August 2003:88
Vendors delving into digital, September 2003:95
Public laboratory LOINC meeting, September 2003:95
New system for laboratory test ordering and reporting, September 2003:95
ITC coagulation device now interfaced to RALS-Plus, September 2003:95
TriCore affiliates with Rhodes Group, September 2003:95
Nova creates Web site focused on quality control data, September 2003:95
Secure messaging at heart of HealthyEmail’s endeavors, October 2003:82
Wyndgate and McKesson launch Horizon Blood Bank, October 2003:82
Getting a bang from your billing system, October 2003:82
Modulus unveils new LIS, October 2003:84
FDA clears Cerner blood bank donor product, October 2003:84
Siemens, Data Innovations enter marketing venture, October 2003:84
New health care computer model set to battle bioterrorism, November 2003:101
Wyndgate forges multiple marketing alliances for blood bank modules, November 2003:101
Impath and its subsidiaries file for bankruptcy protection, November 2003:101
Slow go for national health information infrastructure, HIMSS survey says, November 2003:102
Data Innovations forms international partnerships, November 2003:102
Novel technology endeavors with pizzazz, December 2003:73
New software package for direct-access testing, December 2003:73
A new spin on computer speed, December 2003:73
Wyndgate enters agreements with Healthcare-ID, Lattice, December 2003:73
Orchard releases new version of Harvest LIS, December 2003:73

Obituary
William J. Reals, MD, February 2003:8
F. William Sunderman, MD, PhD, May 2003:6
Harold E. “Jack” Resinger, MD, June 2003:13

PAP/NGC Programs Review
Judging specimen adequacy by Bethesda ’01 criteria, January 2003:61
How Pap adequacy affects patient management, January 2003:62
HPV screening seminar a success, January 2003:61
New CPT and ICD-9-CM codes for cervical cytology services, January 2003:64
PAP/NGC Q&A: Purpose of HSIL/carcinoma, NOS diagnostic category on Interlaboratory Comparison Program in Cervicovaginal Cytopathology, January 2003:64
Cervical cancer screening guidelines—then and now, May 2003:63
HIPAA and slide donations, May 2003:63
Is there a right time for cyto/histo correlation in gyn cytology? May 2003:63
Can mucinous lesions be diagnosed reliably by core needle biopsy? May 2003:65
A sweep for missing slides, May 2003:66
Cervical screening: Getting the most out of Pap and HPV DNA co-testing, August 2003:64
What the 2002 nongynecologic cytology data tell us, August 2003:64
Defining adequacy in nongynecologic cytology, August 2003:68
PAP/NGC Q&A: Is it appropriate to use NGC program performance results to assess job and competency for credentialing? August 2003:71
United Kingdom Department of Health report evaluating HPV/LBC cervical screening pilot studies, August 2003:72
Pap test screening and glandular cervical cancers, August 2003:71
Nongyn turnaround time—applying the requirement to your lab, August 2003:74
Please call us to detect problem cases, August 2003:74
Calling a Pap program slide inadequate, August 2003:74
The cytopathology component of the new CLIA modifications, August 2003:76

Pap tests (see Cytopathology/histology)

Pathologist-clinician relationship
Clinicians talk shop—here’s what they want, September 2003:1

Pathology consulting
Taking care of business (For 22 years, Dennis Padget helped labs focus on the numbers. What lies ahead?), December 2003:58

Pathology overseas
Backing Bhutan’s soon-to-be-solo pathologist, June 2003:80

Payment issues
Speaking volumes on point-of-care glucose billing, January 2003:1
Pathology spared the ‘03 relative value cuts, February 2003:3
Ten Commandments of professional component billing, March 2003:55
Q&A: How can CMS and Medicaid justify reimbursing for blood and components at a rate below that charged by the supplier? (Goodman), June 2003:106
Esoteric tests lighten hospital labs’ wallets, July 2003:1
Proposed rule takes ‘excessive’ to extreme, December 2003:1

Physician office labs
What lies in wait for office labs? June 2003:1

Point-of-care testing
Speaking volumes on point-of-care glucose billing, January 2003:1
Rapid HIV test whips up waiver debate, February 2003:1
POC connectivity standard up but running slowly, February 2003:22
Nurses put POC tests through their paces, April 2003:23
POC in motion—the changing face of mobile testing, June 2003:5
In two settings, plusses pile up for POC coag testing, September 2003:58
Q&A: Consequences of biases between two different analyzers measuring the same analyte (Howanitz), October 2003:87

President’s Desk
Continuing commitment in the new year, January 2003:11
Fixing the physician payment system, February 2003:11
Shedding the cobwebs, March 2003:11
The energy within, April 2003:11
The ‘androgogy’ of learning, May 2003:11
A matter of interconnectivity, June 2003:11
SNOMED CT and the Tower of Babel, July 2003:11
Laboratory quality: Good works get better, August 2003:11
The legacy of our calling, September 2003:11
CAP ’03: A warm welcome home, October 2003:11
Finding our way—and having fun, November 2003:11
No time to linger on the launch pad, December 2003:11

Prion disease
Stepping up to the plate in prion surveillance, December 2003:1

Proficiency testing (see also Laboratory Accreditation News/CLA programs)
With ‘03 regulation, CLIA ‘88 closes QC loop, March 2003:5

Proteomics
Mass-terpiece in the works for imaging protein networks? February 2003:1
Brisk trade in tissue for proteomics and genomics research, March 2003:1

PSA testing
Getting the most out of prostate workups, March 2003:1
Lowdown on PSA levels—should current threshold drop? September 2003:5

Q&A
Reliable methodological guidelines to help determine size of a breast tumor (Weidner), January 2003:68
What tests should be used to diagnose recurrent spontaneous abortion? (Triplett), January 2003:68
Is there any official accreditation or certification of quality for laboratory information systems? (Aller), January 2003:68
Liability of independent physicians/groups who provide hospital services (Bierig), February 2003:82
HIPAA privacy rules and how they apply to pathology review of medical records (Travers), February 2003:82
When is it appropriate to inspect large intestine in the operating room? (Fitzgibbons), March 2003:112
Do you need to protect B12 and folate from light? (Kiechle, Ferry), March 2003:112
When to use TEG, and who should operate it and interpret the results (Chandler), April 2003:77
Laws and code of ethics regarding sharing patient records and slides (Bierig), April 2003:77
Confirming positive urines for protein (Blomberg), April 2003:78
Acceptable decreases in protein C or S following trauma (Van Cott), April 2003:79
Adequate testing volume for sweat chloride testing in diagnosing cystic fibrosis (LeGrys), May 2003:97
Initiating thrombolytic therapy before lab results for APTT and PT are received (Teruya), May 2003:98
CAP and CLIA requirements for precalibrated assays on automated instruments (Miller), May 2003:98
Can DNA analysis be done on cremated remains? (Weedn), June 2003:105
What is the half-life of low-molecular-weight heparin and what is the principle behind chromogenic anti-Xa test? (Olson), June 2003:105
How can CMS and Medicaid justify reimbursing for blood and components at a rate below that charged by the supplier? (Goodman), June 2003:106
Assessing single nodes with multiple small deposits and classifying them based on the largest single metastatic focus or the aggregate dimension (Fitzgibbons), July 2003:130
Separating malignant melanoma into Clark levels III and IV (Bozzo), July 2003:130
What product can be used to perform calibration verification for methemoglobin? (Burnett), August 2003:89
Are there criteria to help labs decide which CBC results need to be reviewed, when manual smears need to be reviewed, and who should do these reviews? (Peterson), August 2003:89
Distinguishing between manual and automated methods for retic counting (Novak), August 2003:90
Using a positive control and proficiency testing for Heinz body prep test (Novak), September 2003:94
Using applications of tandem mass spectrometry for metabolic screening programs (Chace), September 2003:94
Consequences of biases between two different analyzers measuring the same analyte (Howanitz), October 2003:85
What is a suitable method for handling lab requests for specific gravity on other body fluids? (Novak), October 2003:86
Tumor deposits in pericolonic/perirectal adipose tissue away from primary cancer source: Are they tumor nodules or extension of lymph nodes? (Compton), November 2003:100
How can we address a discrepancy between the calculated low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and the directly determined LDL? (Myers, Cooper), November 2003:100
Changes in International Sensitivity Index for thromboplastin reagents and its effect on international normalized ratio values (Adcock), December 2003:76
Standards for tests affected by using plastic tubes instead of glass (Makar), December 2003:76
What is the most cost-efficient testing for B-type natriuretic peptide? (Apple), December 2003:76

SARS (see also Infectious disease surveillance)
Keeping cool-headed in the face of SARS, June 2003:1

Screening tests
Retail detail—hospitals mull direct access testing, January 2003:5
Drug culture—ins and outs of DOA screens, February 2003:1
Getting the most out of prostate workups, March 2003:1
Putting some teeth into anti-HCV testing, April 2003:1
Good is getting better in HIV viral load testing, April 2003:28
Latest assay opens another sepsis frontier, May 2003:1
Assay takes arthritis out of the gray zone, June 2003:1
Detecting acute coronary syndrome when seconds count, July 2003:112
Q&A: Using applications of tandem mass spectrometry for metabolic screening programs (Chace), September 2003:94
Two roads for HPV testing, but only one is heavily traveled, November 2003:1
KB assay still ahead despite tough rival, November 2003:1
Made to order: How to add new tests, December 2003:1
Q&A: What is the most cost-efficient testing for B-type natriuretic peptide?(Apple), December 2003:76

Self-testing (see Point-of-care testing)

Sepsis
Latest assay opens another sepsis frontier, May 2003:1

Smallpox (see also Infectious disease surveillance)
Fighting fear as well as smallpox in debate over vaccinations, May 2003:1
Commentary: A call to bare arms vs. smallpox, May 2003:12

SNOMED (see also Language standardization)
Creating a common language for labs, July 2003:1
SNOMED CT and the Tower of Babel, July 2003:11
Revolution draws near for electronic medical records, August 2003:5

Specialty testing
Esoteric tests lighten hospital labs’ wallets, July 2003:1

System review series (see Information systems)

Tissue banking
Cache register—the risky business of tissue banking, May 2003:79

Urinalysis
Q&A: Confirming positive urines for protein (Blomberg), April 2003:78

West Nile virus
As season starts, here’s the buzz on WNV, August 2003:1

 

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