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Note: This index does not include CAP TODAY “Marketplace” or “Abstracts”

AACC meetings
From errors to computing and staffing, AACC show had it all, October 2006:72

AIDS/HIV/other bloodborne diseases
Picking the right site for HIV testing, November 2006:1

Analyzer surveys (see Instrumentation/instrument surveys)

Automation
Automation to suit labs of all sizes, (PDF) March 2006:58
In histology, Lean teams up with automation, August 2006:1
For mid-size labs, automated mix a good match, August 2006:66
How Pap test automation is playing out, October 2006:1
Blood centers set sights on full automation, October 2006:1

Billing
Guarding against private health plan abuses, August 2006:12

Blood/coagulation/hematology
Q&A: One pathologist reviews more than 70 percent of the hematology slides and makes a report—is this practice common and acceptable? January 2006:85
Q&A: Are finger-sticks or capillary blood-draw tubes appropriate for all chemistries or for general chemistry, therapeutic drug monitoring, or oncology? February 2006:90
Q&A: Have studies been done correlating the use of caloric supplements with patients who are on Coumadin? April 2006:75
Q&A: Can consuming a large quantity of soy prolong prothrombin time? August 2006:91

Blood banking/transfusion
Q&A: What is the best way to ensure that patients receive the specialized blood components they need? February 2006:90
Q&A: What marker should laboratorians review in the absence of the crossmatch-to-transfusion ratio? March 2006:14
Blood centers set sights on full automation, October 2006:1

B-type natriuretic peptide
One-two punch in evaluating PE risk, November 2006:1

Cancer
Lung cancer breakthrough: EGFR assay, January 2006:1
Circulating tumor cell test shows clinical mettle, May 2006:1
Going head-to-head to boost lymph node numbers, June 2006:1
For tumor markers, hope springs eternal, July 2006:1
Are ASC-US rates reasonable? HPV test could answer that question, July 2006:80
BRCA: What we know now, September 2006:1
What microarrays say about lymphomas, October 2006:1
Q&A: How do you use CD20, CD79a, and PAX-5 for B-cell determination? October 2006:94
Q&A: How do you use CD20, CD79a, and PAX-5 for B-cell determination, and are there situations where one is especially useful, as in Hodgkin versus T-cell-rich B-cell lymphoma? October 2006:94
Raising the bar for HER2 results, December 2006:1
Logic takes a holiday in dual approval of EGFR test, Erbitux, December 2006:1

CAP ’06
What’s the use? CAP ’06 tackles the practical, June 2006:76
New officer, governors sworn in, October 2006:84

CAP news
CLA revamp means speed, efficiency, April 2006:51

CAP programs/services (see also Q-Probes)
Six CAP groups pitch into tough pathology issues, April 2006:5
Guarding against private health plan abuses, August 2006:12
Cloudy or clear? Best forecasts for urine cultures, November 2006:86
Same book, different page—handling critical values, December 2006:5

CAP publications
In living color: new body fluids atlas, October 2006:52

Capitol Scan
CAP asks for withdrawal of proposed units-of-service limits, January 2006:86
Improving public access to patented technologies, January 2006:86
New clinical lab codes—’06 payment levels in line with CAP advice, January 2006:86
Report out on waived testing ‘best practices’, January 2006:86
Weighing in on waived test guidance, January 2006:87
Mobilizing against MUEs, March 2006:105
’92 reg overstates benefits of cytology proficiency testing, April 2006:78
CMS to make another stab at MUEs, May 2006:97
Estimated cut for ’07: 4.6%, May 2006:97
Cost-saving ideas released, May 2006:97
New ‘Unbelievable Edits’ list to be released in August, June 2006:96
Arizona No. 10 for direct billing legislation, June 2006:96
Sizing up views of licensure laws, June 2006:96
Medical liability bills fail in Senate, June 2006:97
CAP’s legislative, regulatory focus for ’06, June 2006:97
AMA adopts EGFR resolution, July 2006:128
CAP hosts state pathology leaders, July 2006:128
Clinical lab oversight, July 2006:128
Pathology excluded from January MUE implementation, August 2006:90
A permanent TC grandfather, August 2006:90
CLIAC’s cytology PT recommendations, August 2006:90
A direct billing law in Tennessee, August 2006:90
2007 proposed physician fee schedule, September 2006:106
Direct billing in Massachusetts, September 2006:108
New hope for a cytology PT alternative, October 2006:98
A possible permanent TC grandfather, October 2006:99
Call on congress to mend flawed SGR, November 2006:120
Asking NY officials to fix licensure regs, November 2006:120
What OIG will zero in on in ’07, November 2006:120
Pathology faces 11 percent cut in 2007, December 2006:74
Senator introduces bill to modify cytology PT, December 2006:74
MUEs now more manageable, December 2006:75
AMA, CAP to survey physician practices, December 2006:75

Cardiovascular disease/cardiac markers
Looking high and low for cardiac markers, 4/06:1
hsCRP guidance no term of endearment, August 2006:1

Careers/employment
Minding the business end of pathology, August 2006:1

Clostridium difficile
C. difficile back with a vengeance, May 2006:1

Company consolidation (see Joint ventures/company consolidation)

Company profiles/news
Testing 1,2,3, January 2006:58
Why and how Hurley Medical Center chose co-ownership, March 2006:46
Off the flow charts: What users say about BD’s latest, November 2006:101

Competency assessment
Recertification a good bet for all, August 2006:42

Competitive bidding
Approaching zero hour for competitive lab bidding, January 2006:5

Core laboratories
Lessons from three core curriculums, July 2006:1

CPT questions/coding
Is CPT code 88360 appropriate for billing estrogen receptors by manual quantitative immunohistochemical analysis if the results are reported as 87 percent tumor cells staining? January 2006:86
Should I bill using CPT codes 88329 and 88333 if an intraoperative consultation with microscopic review of touch preparation is performed without a frozen section? January 2006:86
CMS and CERT contractor handling undercoded services, May 2006:97
Billing for frozen sections and squash preps, May 2006:97
For endocervical brushing specimens on a ThinPrep slide, can we process these as a nongynecologic specimen even though it is a cytology of a gynecological site? July 2006:128
Can our lab pass consultation charges to the patient or the patient’s insurance? July 2006:128
What is the proper code for a gallbladder submitted with a lymph node? September 2006:108
How do you code two specimens (right tube/ovary and left tube/ovary) from a positive test for the tumor-suppressor gene BRCA2? September 2006:108
Billing for outside consult services, October 2006:11
Should we use CPT code 88302 or 88304 for a foreskin removed for phimosis or hypospadius from an infant that is more than 30 days old? November 2006:121
What is the correct charge for a Cesarean-section scar excised from the wall of the abdomen? November 2006:121

C-reactive protein
hsCRP guidance no term of endearment, August 2006:1

Critical values
Critical thinking on critical values, August 2006:1

Cytopathology/histology (see also PAP/NGC Programs Review)
2005 regulatory PT results: What do they really mean? May 2006:48
Back to the beginning of the CET Consortium, May 2006:51
Are ASC-US rates reasonable? HPV test could answer that question, July 2006:80
In histology, Lean teams up with automation, August 2006:1
How Pap test automation is playing out, October 2006:1
Real simple—ASCCP guidelines set things straight, November 2006:5
Sticky business—using kits contrary to labeling, November 2006:64

D-dimer
One-two punch in evaluating PE risk, November 2006:1

Diagnostic test kit
Sticky business—using kits contrary to labeling, November 2006:64

Digital imaging
Breaking the glass slide habit to make primary diagnoses, April 2006:1

Editorials of CAP president (see President’s Desk)

EGFR (HER1) test
Logic takes a holiday in dual approval of EGFR test, Erbitux, December 2006:1

Electronic health/medical records
OK to donate select electronic record technology, October 2006:48

Firsthand Views
The future of pay and peanut butter, January 2006:98
Merging Lean and ‘go home happy’, February 2006:102
Meeting and mental energy, March 2006:118
Your best-ever colleagues, April 2006:90
The power of listening, May 2006:110
Charting performance like a stock, June 2006:110
The Bad-Attitude Index, July 2006:138
The morale survey, August 2006:102
The many levels of logic, September 2006:126
Inspiring experimentation, October 2006:110
The experimentist, November 2006:134
Why it pays to pay more, December 2006:90

Flow cytometry
Off the flow charts: What users say about BD’s latest, November 2006:101

Gene expression test
Steering the straits of transplant testing, June 2006:1

Gene patents
Gene patents—groups aim for nonexclusive arrangements, September 2006:85

Genetics
Mutational wild cards—what do they mean? April 2006:1
Is there a place for race in medicine?, July 2006:1
BRCA: What we know now, September 2006:1
Gene patents—groups aim for nonexclusive arrangements, September 2006:85

Glucose/insulin/blood sugars
Nearing high tide on low blood sugars, March 2006:1
For glucoses, tight theory a tough practice, November 2006:1

Glycemic control
Call to action on glycemic control, March 2006:90
A controlling interest in ICU blood sugars, March 2006:92
For glucoses, tight theory a tough practice, November 2006:1

HER2
Raising the bar for HER2 results, December 2006:1

Human papillomavirus
Real simple—ASCCP guidelines set things straight, November 2006:5

Hurricane Katrina
After Katrina, lessons from lab survivors, February 2006:1

Infection control
C. difficile back with a vengeance, May 2006:1
Showing MRSA no mercy, December 2006:1

Information systems, technologies (see also Automation)
Sifting through anatomic pathology system needs and wants, (PDF) January 2006:18
Smooth operator in the lab: middleware, February 2006:1
Automation to suit labs of all sizes, (PDF) March 2006:58
When POC connects the data, everyone wins, April 2006:20
Lab-link software vendors take stock of tomorrow, (PDF) May 2006:12
The lowdown on choosing a lab-link vendor, (PDF) May 2006:18
Plenty of solutions to shore up an aging LIS, June 2006:5
Middleware: A go-between gains ground in the lab, June 2006:62
Suit yourself: making patient ID technology fit, (PDF) July 2006:108
Get your bearings before buying a blood bank system, (PDF) October 2006:24
Hang on or move on? How to assess an LIS, November 2006:18
On a quest for a new LIS? Research, research, research, November 2006:24

Instrumentation/instrument surveys
In coagulation market, no need to break the budget, (PDF) February 2006:22
Collection the key, regardless of the route, (PDF) March 2006:20
All the basics on 11 bedside glucose-testing systems, (PDF) April 2006:26
For home or PC use, a variety of options (coag analyzers at the point of care, self monitoring), (PDF) May 2006:70
Move to integrated analyzers well underway, (PDF) June 2006:14
Chemistry analyzers—all that’s new and more, (PDF) July 2006:14
Menu and other enhancements underway (chemistry analyzers for low-volume labs), (PDF) August 2006:19
Blood gas vendors move forward on menu, convenience, stability, and more, (PDF) September 2006:24
New QC, parameters, and automation for hematology analyzers, (PDF) December 2006:12

Insulin (see Glucose/insulin/blood sugars)

Joint ventures/company consolidation
Why and how Hurley Medical Center chose co-ownership, March 2006:46
Adding up the lessons from consolidation, May 2006:1
Parsing Sonic’s buy of U.S. laboratory, September 2006:1

Lab automation
Smooth operator in the lab: middleware, February 2006:1
Middleware: A go-between gains ground in the lab, June 2006:62
Lessons from three core curriculums, July 2006:1

Laboratory Accreditation News/CLA programs
Reinforcing the safety net, March 2006:11
Surprise! Unannounced inspections not so bad, April 2006:46
Lab inspector training online; PT performance monitoring on tap, August 2006:57
Checklists undergoing more intensive review, August 2006:64
CAP fine-tunes unannounced inspection process, December 2006:55

Laboratory Accreditation News: Queries and Comments
Why the term “commentary” in CAP checklist questions has been replaced with the word “note”, April 2006:46
Maintaining competence among personnel performing point-of-care testing, April 2006:46
Verifying the accuracy of automatic pipettes, April 2006:46
Using bar-coded labels on the glass slides in the anatomic pathology department, April 2006:46
How CAP checklists address noisy instruments in the lab, August 2006:57
Guidance for inspecting for questions TLC.10500 and TLC.10600 (the lab director’s role in lab management) in the new team leader checklist, August 2006:57
The necessity of validating the pneumatic tube system in a lab, August 2006:57
The necessity of revalidating rules of a lab’s autoverification process, August 2006:59
The necessity of a written contract to ensure that appropriate transfusion support is occurring, December 2006:55

Lean manufacturing principles
Trimming the fat from lab processes, May 2006:42
In histology, Lean teams up with automation, August 2006:1

Legal issues (see also Medical mistakes)
Expert witness guidelines: Pathologists given new order in the courtroom, July 2006:5
Clash act: peer review of expert witness testimony, October 2006:5
Sticky business—using kits contrary to labeling, November 2006:64

Letters
Amyloidosis, January 2006:9
Pharyngeal culture of S. aureus, January 2006:12
HER2/neu, January 2006:14
Amyloidosis, February 2006:12
Professional component billing, March 2006:8
Amyloidosis, March 2006:12
Remembering Big Charity, March 2006:11
Middleware, May 2006:12
Articles as ads, May 2006:14
Laboratory error, July 2006:11
Proficiency testing and statistics, July 2006:11
Critical values, August 2006:6
Putting lab professionals in the spotlight, August 2006:11
Pay for lab professionals, September 2006:12
Specimen collection, September 2006:12
Billing for outside consult services, October 2006:11
Critical values, October 2006:14
Licensure, November 2006:8
Licensure in California, November 2006:8
Professional recognition, November 2006:8
Technologist training, November 2006:8
Students and salaries, November 2006:8
Assisting the pathologist, November 2006:8

Management issues/laboratory utilization
Owning, rather than buying, reference lab services, March 2006:42
Why and how Hurley Medical Center chose co-ownership, March 2006:46
Lessons from three core curriculums, July 2006:1
Minding the business end of pathology, August 2006:1
Guarding against private health plan abuses, August 2006:12
Tapping the potential synergy of radiology, pathology, September 2006:58
Saving faces—selling your health system, your lab and the job, December 2006:38

Medical mistakes (see also Legal issues)
Confusion about errors in anatomic pathology: problems with categorizing and reporting, February 2006:66

Medical unbelievable edits
Unbelievable medically unbelievable edits, February 2006:11

Medicare (see also Medicare entries under Capitol Scan)
Approaching zero hour for competitive lab bidding, January 2006:5

Microbiology
Physician with a vision has his eye on a chip, March 2006:4
C. difficile
back with a vengeance, May 2006:1
Real-time PCR for the rest of us, June 2006:1

Middleware
Smooth operator in the lab: middleware, February 2006:1
Middleware: A go-between gains ground in the lab, June 2006:62

Molecular diagnostics
Straight talk on molecular reports, January 2006:1
Molecular testing in cytopathology, February 2006:56
The predictive assay puzzle, March 2006:1
Real-time PCR for the rest of us, June 2006:1
For tumor markers, hope springs eternal, July 2006:1
What microarrays say about lymphomas, October 2006:1

Myocardial infarction (see Cardiovascular disease/cardiac markers)

Needlestick injuries
Stick shift—new ideas in needle safety, June 2006:1

Newsbytes
Nebraska working out kinks in statewide telehealth initiative, January 2006:88
Orchard introduces AP module, January 2006:88
Mediware, ThermoGenesis collaborate on system for cell therapy products, January 2006:88
Creative Computer Applications and StorComm complete merger, January 2006:88
Advanced synoptic reporting made easy, February 2006:92
ITC and MAS join forces, February 2006:92
Technidata SAS opens U.S. headquarters, February 2006:93
AssistMed acquires speech-recognition firm, February 2006:93
PracticeXpert sells transcription unit, February 2006:93
GE and Intermountain one step closer to patient-centric care, March 2006:106
Health care IT resources on AHRQ Web site, March 2006:106
Cell phones: the latest medical device, March 2006:106
HIMSS accepting applications for 2006 Davies Awards, March 2006:106
Add-on modules for billing/AR systems, March 2006:107
New Web domain identifies doctors at a glance, April 2006:76
Medicity acquires Park City Solutions’ iServices group, April 2006:76
Impac releases new version of PowerPath AP system, April 2006:76
Computer-assisted triage system for ERs, April 2006:77
Antek Healthware and Novovision forge interface agreement, May 2006:98
Technology for battling bioterrorism, May 2006:98
Public laboratory LOINC meeting, May 2006:98
Apply and ye may receive—a free LIS, May 2006:98
TheraDoc upgrades infection control product, May 2006:98
Disconnected electronic data-capture platform, May 2006:98
Orion Systems International changes name, opens U.S. office, May 2006:98
UCLA profits from wireless technology pilot program, June 2006:99
Thomson Micromedex collaborates with Geisenger, MercuryMD, June 2006:100
KliniTek offers Web-based lab outreach solution, June 2006:100
Sytec Health introduces wearable EMR for patients, June 2006:100
FasterCures launches Web site focused on biological materials, June 2006:100
How two vendors responded to one blood bank system crash, July 2006:126
Eclipsys to purchase Sysware, July 2006:126

Thomson acquires MercuryMD, July 2006:126
Antek releases updated version of LabDaq LIS, July 2006:126
Elsevier introduces online clinical decision support tool, July 2006:127
New laboratory interface management system, July 2006:127
Global Works Systems launches physician calendaring solution, July 2006:127
How two hospitals are using video technology to share interpreters, August 2006:88
Misys releases new version of laboratory information system, August 2006:88
Clarient to purchase Trestle Holdings, August 2006:88
Web-based anatomic pathology practice management system, August 2006:88
ASTM International endorses SNOMED CT, August 2006:88
Bio-Rad enhances quality control portal, August 2006:89
New digital software for educators, August 2006:89
No need to shop ’til you drop, thanks to Web-based EMR service, September 2006:110
A case for making toll-free border-free, September 2006:110
Olympus America acquires Bacus Laboratories, September 2006:111
Antek HealthWare and GE announce systems interface, September 2006:111
Federal regulations for health information technology updated, September 2006:111
IDM releases new version of blood donor system, September 2006:112
Fletcher-Flora offering new middleware solution, September 2006:112
SNOMED CT integrated in drug knowledge base, September 2006:112
DCL and OntoReason partner on SPL label translation and coding, September 2006:112
Pathologist tosses transcription to traffic in software, October 2006:96
Glucose monitoring part of the gig for new cell phone, October 2006:96
Health language launches SNOMED CT module, October 2006:98
Luminex, Smiths Detection get homeland security contract from government, October 2006:98
Public laboratory LOINC workshop and meeting, October 2006:98
CAP member to speak at Mediware meeting, October 2006:99
KLAS keeps score: evaluates 2006 LIS marketplace, November 2006:116
How HIMSS’ hurricane relief project has helped one medical center, November 2006:116
Answers to lab-related questions about FDA bar-code rule, November 2006:117
Finding an HIT consultant that’s worth your while, December 2006:76
Misys Healthcare Systems and mTuitive team up on cancer reporting, December 2006:76
Antek partners with provider of electronic health records, December 2006:76
Schuyler House enters electronic medical records marketplace, December 2006:76
Psyche Systems integrates scripting technology into product line, December 2006:76

Obituary
William R. Dito, MD, May 2006:8

Outreach labs
Interest is up in outreach labs, March 2006:1
Outreach keeps labs on their toes, September 2006:88

PAP/NGC Programs Review
Molecular testing in cytopathology, February 2006:56
A difficult distinction, February 2006:61
How the CAP’s PT program works, February 2006:62
Q&A: A mixture of stains in nongyn mailings, February 2006:64
Confusion about errors in anatomic pathology: problems with categorizing and reporting, February 2006:66
2005 regulatory PT results: What do they really mean? May 2006:48
Are you seeing what’s there? May 2006:48
Back to the beginning of the CET Consortium, May 2006:51
Significance of benign endometrial cells in cervicovaginal smears, May 2006:53
On CAP’s Web site, so much at your fingertips, May 2006:54
A tale of two tests: cytology gyn screening and mammography, September 2006:67
Categorizing anal-rectal cytology challenges, September 2006:67
When and how to use CPT code 88172, September 2006:70
View rare cases, earn CME credits online, September 2006:70
Your oft-asked questions about CAP Pap proficiency testing, September 2006:72
Q&A: Proper use of 88333 and 88334 CPT codes, September 2006:74

An e-learning course for cytoprep staff, September 2006:76
Please tell it like it is, September 2006:76

Pap tests (see Cytopathology/histology)

Pathologists’ assistants
New help in understanding the ‘proper work’ of PAs, September 2006:5

Pathology reports
Straight talk on molecular reports, January 2006:1
No resistance to standardizing pathology reports, March 2006:5

Patient ID systems
Suit yourself: making patient ID technology fit, (PDF) July 2006:108

Payment issues
Approaching zero hour for competitive lab bidding, January 2006:5
Guarding against private health plan abuses, August 2006:12

Pediatric brain injury
Inflicted pediatric traumatic brain injury and β-APP IHC, April 2006:62

Pharmocogenetics
Chip shot—psychiatry puts targeted test in play, July 2006:86

Point-of-care testing
Pediatric POC—small patients but big benefits, February 2006:78
When POC connects the data, everyone wins, April 2006:20
Top-notch program makes her leader of the POC, August 2006:5
Q&A: What are the requirements for verifying the analytical measurement range for glucose meters on instruments? August 2006:91

President’s Desk
An easier walk through cyberspace, January 2006:11
Unbelievable medically unbelievable edits, February 2006:11
Reinforcing the safety net, March 2006:11
Where strategy meets intuition, April 2006:11
Safety—asking the right questions, May 2006:11
Being grateful and giving back, June 2006:1
Easing the expert witness path, July 2006:11
Reading the water, August 2006:11
Good intentions, bad consequences, August 2006:11
HER2 collaboration a model for the future, October 2006:11
A reality-based approach to cytology PT, November 2006:11
Ask today for a freeze on the SGR cut, December 2006:11

Proficiency testing (see also Laboratory Accreditation News/CLA programs)
How the CAP’s PT program works, February 2006:62
With PT samples, labs need to keep it to themselves, January 2006:46

Psychiatry/drug therapy
Chip shot—psychiatry puts targeted test in play, July 2006:86

Pulmonary embolism
One-two punch in evaluating PE risk, November 2006:1

Q&A
Why are there so many published equations for calculating osmolality and is one equation best? (Kazmierczak), January 2006:84
One pathologist reviews more than 70 percent of the hematology slides and makes a report—is this practice common and acceptable? (Novak) January 2006:85
Are fingersticks or capillary blood-draw tubes appropriate for all chemistries or for general chemistry, therapeutic drug monitoring, or oncology? (Lo), February 2006:90
What is the best way to ensure that patients receive the specialized blood components they need? (AuBuchon) February 2006:90

What to use for the benchmark quality assurance marker in the blood bank (AuBuchon), March 2006:105
Using the six-hour urine creatinine panel to manage acute renal failure patients (Horowitz), March 2006:104
Is it critical that sodium fluoride tubes be used to collect specimens for lactate? (Kazmierczak), May 2006:96
How to comply with lab’s policy to call every critical value and when to report them to physicians (Yeransian), May 2006:96
Does Bouin fixation of biopsies cause false-negative IHC reactions with the lymphocytic markers? (Miller), June 2006:98
CAP AP checklist question ANP.22550 and cytology and histology blocks processed in formalin (Eisen and Fitzgibbons), June 2006:98
Is it possible to validate that the triglyceride/HDL ratio can be used as a surrogate marker for fasting insulin levels and is useful for monitoring the treatment of diabetics and assessing a patient’s cardiac risk? (Winter), July 2006:125
What are the requirements for verifying the analytical measurement range for glucose meters on instruments? (Schultz), August 2006:91
Are there guidelines for reporting the presence of sperm in routine urinalysis specimens? Or for pediatric patients? (Savage), August 2006:91
Can consuming a large quantity of soy prolong prothrombin time? (Krishman), August 2006:91
How to inform physicians that the BNP/NT-proBNP results may not accurately reflect left ventricular stretching/dysfunction in patients with renal disease (Apple and Johnson), September 2006:105
Who should monitor the POC testing performed in an ambulance? (Rose), September 2006:105
Should a microscopic urine exam be performed on a negative dipstick? (Haber), September 2006:105
What needs to be done to satisfy CAP requirements for test validation when processing nonvalidated sample types for clinical chemistry testing? (D’Agostino), October 2006:94
How do you use CD20, CD79a, and PAX-5 for B-cell determination? (Dorfman), October 2006:94
Is it acceptable to do a batch sign-out of surgical pathology reports in an anatomic pathology system? The pathologist who hand signs the reports would like to electronically sign out batches. Does this jeopardize patient safety and raise legal issues for the hospital? (Weiner, Gruber, Aller) November 2006:119
What are the best tests to assess the risk of developing acute renal failure from myoglobin in the kidney after rhabdomyolysis? (Wilkinson), November 2006:119
What values for hematology should have delta checks to prevent preanalytical errors? (Kroft), December 2006:78
What career opportunities—pathology related or other—are possible for the pathologist who no longer wants to deal with the medicolegal consequences of diagnostic work? (Gaffey), December 2006:78

Q-Probes
Are ASC-US rates reasonable? HPV test could answer that question, July 2006:80
Cloudy or clear? Best forecasts for urine cultures, November 2006:86
Same book, different page—handling critical values, December 2006:5

Race/ethnicity
Is there a place for race in medicine?, July 2006:1

Reference lab services
Owning, rather than buying, reference lab services, March 2006:42

Screening tests
Pediatric POC—small patients but big benefits, February 2006:78
Steering the straits of transplant testing, June 2006:1
Picking the right site for HIV testing, November 2006:1
One-two punch in evaluating PE risk, November 2006:1

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

Staffing shortages
Saving faces—selling your health system, your lab and the job, December 2006:38

System review series (see Information systems)

Telepathology
Into the telepathology trenches at Henry Ford, May 2006:5

Test development
Testing 1,2,3, January 2006:58

Test management
Going head-to-head to boost lymph node numbers, June 2006:1

Tissue banking
Order patrol—how to rein in test requests, January 2006:1

Tumor markers
For tumor markers, hope springs eternal, July 2006:1

Transplantation
Steering the straits of transplant testing, June 2006:1

Unannounced inspections
Surprise! Unannounced inspections not so bad, April 2006:46

Urinalysis
Q&A: Are there guidelines for reporting the presence of sperm in routine urinalysis specimens? Or for pediatric patients? August 2006:91
Q&A: Should a microscopic urine exam be performed on a negative dipstick? September 2006:10
Cloudy or clear? Best forecasts for urine cultures, November 2006:86

World Wide Web/blogging
My not-so-secret life as a pathology and lab medicine blogger, July 2006:66

 

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