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AACC meetings
Something for everyone at AACC show, 6/07:84
At AACC, services and products aplenty, 9/07:84

ACOG (Am. College of Obstet. & Gyn.) guidelines
With new ACOG guidelines, step wisely, 6/07:1

Allergy testing
(A) topic of concern: omitting specific IgE tests, 3/07:1

AlloMap test
Heart-to-heart discussion of test’s value, use, 11/07:1

Analyzer surveys (see Instrumentation/instrument surveys)

Anatomic pathology
Like it or not, AP’s future will be digitally driven, 3/07:90
In AP/radiology venture, seeing is believing, 9/07:1
With AP specimen identification, the hero is zero, 10/07:5
Two peas in a pod: digital AP, radiology, 10/07:56

Automation
The lab automation survey demystified, 3/07:22
Melding humans and hi-tech stops ID errors cold, 4/07:36
Automation nudges urinalysis into spotlight, 7/07:1
Automated histology—many labs, many tales, 10/07:1

Best practices
Best practices for labs? CDC hunts for answers, 5/07:94

Billing
Billing brief: the facts behind FNA codes 88172–88173, 7/07:14
Put your money where your money is: choosing the right billing/AR system, 7/07:16
Pricing slugfest—can labs outlast blows?, 9/07:1

Biovigilance
National biovigilance system a (net)work in progress (PDF, 2.3 MB), 10/07:12
What blood bank software can do for biovigilance monitoring (PDF, 2.3 MB), 10/07:16

Blood
Q&Amp;A: Why is graft–versus–host disease more prevalent among blood recipients from related versus unrelated donors? (AuBuchon), 8/07:110

Blood/coagulation/hematology
Advanced coag, deep in the heart of Texas, 3/07:50

Blood banking/transfusion
Q&Amp;A: When to do a full crossmatch for blood transfusion patients versus doing an immediate spin test, 1/07:84
Indian blood bankers soaking up U.S. know-how, 2/07:5
Taking a harder line on blood transfusions, 5/07:1
Catching, tracking, and tackling TRALI, 10/07:1
National biovigilance system a (net)work in progress (PDF, 2.3 MB), 10/07:12
What blood bank software can do for biovigilance monitoring (PDF, 2.3 MB), 10/07:16
The next step: bringing autoverification into the blood bank, 10/07:38

Bone marrow collection/biopsies
Watching the bone marrow story unfold, 11/07:1

Brief case
For syphilis screening, a new reflex testing algorithm, (PDF, 572 KB) 8/07:5

B-type natriuretic peptide
BNP test utilization in the ED—it’s not what you think, 5/07:108

Cancer
What lies ahead in cancer genetics, epigenetics, 1/07:1
Vaccines for preventing cervical cancer—where we are now, 1/07:48
Breast cancer dilemma: adjuvant chemo—can new assays help?, 3/07:1
In breast cancer diagnoses, don’t balk at talk, 4/07:1
In colorectal cancer, a lymph node debate, 5/07:1
Lynch syndrome testing—when and how?, 12/07:1
Ask SAM: How well do you do on HER2 testing?, 12/07:5

CAP ’07
Common questions, uncommon answers, 6/07:88
New CAP officers take their places, 11/07:111
Star performers celebrated at CAP ’07, 11/07:111
CAP annual stated meeting minutes, 11/07:115

CAP Foundation
Technologies designing the ‘futurescape’ of anatomic pathology, 8/07:1
View master–an expert eyes digital pathology’s future, 9/07:5

CAP programs/products/services (see also Q-Probes and test management)
Mastering MRSA and more in latest CAP survey, 11/07:5
Ask SAM: How well do you do on HER2 testing?, 12/07:5

Capitol Scan
Cytology proficiency testing rule delayed 5 months, 1/07:81
In Idaho, a new licensure policy for pathologists, 1/07:81
5 percent cut averted, 1/07:82
A resolution defining the practice of medicine, 1/07:82
College comments on MUEs, 2/07:90
TC grandfather claims processing, 2/07:90
Providers should apply for their NPI, 2/07:90
Fighting or the AFIP, 2/07:90
Joint statement on eGFR, 2/07:90
Impact of 2007 physician payment provisions, 2/07:92
CAP weighs in on IVDMIAs, 3/07:123
What’s in the president’s proposed budget?, 3/07:123
Pressing for action against anti-kickback violators, 3/07:124
A TC ‘grandfather’ bill, 3/07:124
For 2007, 17 issues on advocacy agenda, 3/07:124
CMS changes course on pod lab rule, 4/07:95
Illinois court upholds PC billing, 4/07:95
CAP requests an MUE advisory committee, 4/07:95
Bill would permit psychologists to order, interpret lab tests, 4/07:95
In Utah, anti-markup disclosure legislation, 4/07:96
Report issued on SGR reforms, 4/07:96
Cytology legislation introduced in House, 4/07:96
CAP opposes United Healthcare policy, 5/07:118
Phase IV of MUEs released, 5/07:118
A direct billing law in Kansas, 5/07:119
CAP governor to help advise group on genetic test oversight, 5/07:119
Early detection—even more funds needed, 5/07:119
A reminder to participate, 5/07:119
For cytology PT, it’s time for legislative solution, 6/07:130
In Texas, mandatory disclosure for AP, 6/07:131
Ruling: HMOs must pay for professional component, 6/07:132
Pressing for SGR adjustment, 6/07:132
Pay-for-performance measures earn consortium’s approval, 7/07:126
A request that pathologists be reminded to pay pathologists, 7/07:126
Spending report overlooks impact of chronic conditions, 7/07:126
Malpractice legislation introduced in house, 7/07:127
Practice information survey underway, 7/07:128
Community, regional labs among the many competitive bidding concerns, 8/07:116
Proposed ’08 physician fee schedule issued; comments due Aug. 30, 8/07:118
State pathology presidents gather in Washington, 8/07:118
Physician payment part of House-passed bill, 9/07:123
Guidance on IVDMIAs coming into focus, 9/07:123
A bill to repeal competitive bidding demonstration, 9/07:124
Advice for CMS on new and revised CPT codes, 9/07:124
In California, a broader direct billing law, 10/07:110
Pursuing a legislative solution to PT problem, 10/07:110
Close loopholes, change payment method, 10/07:110
Making MUEs public, 10/07:112
Pay-for-performance measures ready for ’08, 11/07:140
In Mass., opposition to licensure of lab personnel, 11/07:140
Final fee schedule could end pod labs, 11/07:140
Fight to preserve AFIP continues, 11/07:141
Calling for public release of MUEs, 11/07:141
California governor signs direct billing law, 11/07:141
‘Stifling or stimulating?’ Congress warned of gene patent dangers, 12/07:84
Groups support health IT, but ask that it be done right, 12/07:84
For genetic testing oversight, no need to look beyond CLIA, 12/07:85

Cardiovascular disease/cardiac markers (see also Heart transplants)
Showing heart patients the way home, 8/07:1
ST2 in the ED: Will it nail cardiac risk?, 12/07:1
Using markers for a head start on heart risk, 12/07:1

Careers/employment
How and why pathologists fail as managers, 9/07:54

Chemotherapy
Breast cancer dilemma: adjuvant chemo—can new assays help?, 3/07:1

Co-mingling of radiology and pathology
In diagnoses, a tale of two specialties, 7/07:1
Two peas in a pod: digital AP, radiology, 10/07:56

Company consolidation (see Joint ventures/company consolidation)

Company profiles/news
In a tough market, why Sunrise Medical shines, 7/07:5
Fast times at the front end—speeding up ED tests, 7/07:72

CPT questions/coding
In CPT 2007, something new for nearly all, 1/07:34
Correct coding for incarcerated omentum resected with the hernia sac and for incarcerated omentum resected at the time of hernia repair, 1/07:83
Should we use CPT code 88305 or 88307 when treating a breast excision for a mass as a possible malignancy that ends up being benign?, 1/07:83
Why ’07 reimbursement rates are down six percent, 2/07:12
2007 national physician fee schedule relative value units, 2/07:13
Can code 88172 be used for cases in which a cytotechnologist is present at a fine-needle aspiration performed by a radiologist and assesses specimen adequacy?, 3/07:124
When processing a merkel cell carcinoma left cheek specimen that had cut sections and margins submitted in different cassettes and inked separately, can the specimen be coded to more than code 88305?, 3/07:124
Using code 80500 for interpreting and reporting a peripheral blood smear, 5/07:118
Appropriate use of CPT code 88329, Pathology Consultation during Surgery, 5/07:118
Billing brief: the facts behind FNA codes 88172—88173, 7/07:14
What CPT code should we use for a BRCA1 mutation-positive patient presenting for removal of her right fallopian tube and ovary?, 7/07:127
Should we use CPT code 88307 or 88305 when two separate and distinct nodes are present?, 7/07:127
Can we charge CPT code 83912 more than once if independent procedures, which require separate interpretation, are necessary to produce a final assay result?, 11/07:141
I process some of the material I get from an FPNA by placing it in CytoLyt fixative and making a ThinPrep slide. Can I charge for the FNA using CPT code 88112?, 11/07:141

Cytopathology/histology (see also PAP/NGC programs review)
Billing brief: the facts behind FNA codes 88172—88173, 7/07:14

Cytopathology Programs Review (formerly called PAP/NGC programs review)
Understanding HPV testing’s place in primary screening, 1/07:39
‘Retrophobia’ and the 5-year retrospective review, 1/07:39
A digital slide program in FNAs, 1/07:40
Share your ’06 cervical cytology statistics, 1/07:41
ASC-H: HPV data and histologic outcomes, 1/07:46
Vaccines for preventing cervical cancer—where we are now, 1/07:48
Online: gynecologic and nongyn educational programs, 1/07:48
Give and you shall receive, 1/07:50
What is the role of fine-needle aspiration in evaluating thyroid nodules? A review of the new American Thyroid Association guidelines, 5/07:79
Pap PT appeals—how the process works, 5/07:80
Q&A: Is it necessary to perform the validation process on the second of two automated Pap test screening instruments in our lab if the first one was installed in 2002?, 5/07:86
Q&A: Is it necessary to establish a downtime procedure for an automated Pap test screening instrument in case it fails?, 5/07:86
Q&A: Is there a significant difference in error rate diagnosing LGSIL and HGSIL using conventional versus ThinPrep cytology on Pap smears?, 5/07:86
Q&A: Does lubricant affect liquid cervical cytology specimens?, 5/07:90
Q&A: Is there a minimum number of fine-needle aspiration procedures that a pathologist should perform weekly or yearly to maintain competency?, 5/07:93
ASCCP ’06 consensus guidelines—what’s new and different?, 11/07:93
Non-small cell lung cancer in the targeted therapy era, 11/07:93
How to create a database form for educational slide file sets, 11/07:100
Q&A: What are the FDA requirements to be qualified in the Cytyc ThinPrep Imaging System and BD/Tripath Focal Point Imaging technology?, 11/07:103
Educational cases online twice a year, 11/07:106
FNA or core needle biopsy? Why not both?, 11/07:107
FNA and the Universal Protocol, 11/07:108
Recommended reading: Routine endometrial sampling of asymptomatic premenopausal women shedding normal endometrial cells in Pap tests is not cost-effective, 11/07:110

Digital imaging
View master—an expert eyes digital pathology’s future, 9/07:5
Two peas in a pod: digital AP, radiology, 10/07:56
IT challenges don’t drown the drum of digital, 11/07:1

Digital pathology
Digital pathology adoption? Expect it in niches, 2/07:58
Digital diagnoses—the shape of things to come, 3/07:1
Like it or not, AP’s future will be digitally driven, 3/07:90

Editorials of CAP president (see President’s Desk)

Emergency room
Fast times at the front end—speeding up ED tests, 7/07:72
Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) Good idea, bad law: requiring eGFR test, 1/07:1

Firsthand Views
What a great meeting feels like, 1/07:94
Moving to the head of the line, 2/07:102
Personality conflicts on the job, 3/07:142
Learning from disappointment, 4/07:110
The accidental jerk, 5/07:130
Savoring words of wisdom, 6/07:150
Resigning and returning, 7/07:146
A little hiring principle, 8/07:130
Management and the lost hours, 9/07:138
In praise of bridge-burners, 10/07:130
How to talk to a CEO, 11/07:154
Morale and faith in management, 12/07:98

Forensic pathology
Why we roll our eyes at shows like CSI: Pathologists’ reaction to ‘Ready, set, action!,’ 12/07:64

Future trends
Technologies designing the ‘futurescape’ of anatomic pathology, 8/07:1
IT challenges don’t drown the drum of digital, 11/07:1
Ear to the ground, lab insider spells out the future, 11/07:82

Genetics
What lies ahead in cancer genetics, epigenetics, 1/07:1
Plugging the gaps in PSA testing, 4/07:1
Time to cast a wider net in fragile X testing, 4/07:1
Lynch syndrome testing—when and how?, 12/07:1

Glucose/insulin/blood sugars
Wireless glucose results—the latest in real-time data, 10/07:50

Heart transplants
Heart-to-heart discussion of test’s value, use, 11/07:1

HER2
Ask SAM: How well do you do on HER2 testing?, 12/07:5
HistologyAutomated histology—many labs, many tales, 10/07:1
Immuno-PCR and ELISA adaptations—will they fly?, 7/07:1

Independent laboratories
In a tough market, why Sunrise Medical shines, 7/07:5

Information systems, technologies (see also Automation)
Middleware sparks renewed ROI interest, 2/07:1
Middleware systems: redefining middle management (PDF, 662 KB), 2/07:16
The lab automation survey demystified, 3/07:22
AP systems’ 3 most important features, ROI, and more, 3/07:54
How to pick PO-lab links that are free of kinks (physician office-laboratory links software), 5/07:34
Landing a new LIS, 5/07:60
Handing off critical results—well before things turn critical, 6/07:1
Credit clever middleware for spike in labs’ productivity, 6/07:18
Riffing on RFID: tracking a technology high-flier, 6/07:100
Put your money where your money is: choosing the right billing/AR system, 7/07:16
National biovigilance system a (net)work in progress (PDF, 2.3 MB), 10/07:12
What blood bank software can do for biovigilance monitoring (PDF, 2.3 MB), 10/07:16
Blood bank information systems survey (PDF, 2.3 MB), 10/07:18
The next step: bringing autoverification into the blood bank, 10/07:38
IT challenges don’t drown the drum of digital, 11/07:1
Selecting an LIS? What to seek and what to skip, 11/07:23
Time to shelve your RFP for an RFI—here’s why, 11/07:24
Laboratory information systems survey (PDF, 1.2 MB), 11/07:31

Instrumentation/instrument surveys
In coagulation, the push continues for more and better (coagulation analyzers), 1/07:18
Glucose test frequency spawns new analyzer needs (bedside glucose testing systems), 4/07:22
What vendors are up to in POC and self-testing coag (POC, self-monitoring coagulation analyzers), 5/07:14
Immunoassay marketplace reflects need for integration, 6/07:24
For chemistry analyzers, a lot in the works for ’08, 7/07:41
Shop talk: In acquiring lab instruments, the stakes have gotten higher, 7/07:99
New tests, sensors, firmware for blood gas analyzers (in vitro blood gas analyzers), 8/07:22
Blood gas analyzers—the old and the new, 8/07:48
An array of possibilities (chemistry analyzers for low-volume laboratories) (PDF, 118 KB), 9/07:25
WWireless glucose results—the latest in real-time data, 10/07:50
Hematology analyzers survey (PDF, 185 KB), 12/07:21
Aiming to ease lab labor, cost, TAT pressures (PDF, 211 KB), 12/07:21

Insulin (see Glucose/insulin/blood sugars)

In vitro diagnostics
IVD, imaging firms peg fortunes on consolidation, 6/07:1
Ear to the ground, lab insider spells out the future, 11/07:82

Joint ventures/company consolidation
IVD, imaging firms peg fortunes on consolidation, 6/07:1

Lab InfoTech Summit
Riffing on RFID: tracking a technology high-flier, 6/07:100

Laboratory Accreditation News: Queries and Comments
Summary of waived testing requirements included in the checklists, 4/07:54
What should inspector look for with regard to TLC.10800, phase II, asking about director interacting with government agencies?, 4/07:55
Meaning of the note for microbiology checklist question MIC.21040 regarding QC, 4/07:55
Necessity of microbiology checklist question MIC.21620, 8/07:71
Necessity of purchasing commercial quality control materials for specific manual tests, 8/07:71
Necessity of reporting the cutoff values for medical urine drug testing, 8/07:75
Understanding chemistry checklist question CHM.15250, 8/07:75
What are the CAP’s quality control requirements for the new molecular systems to detect methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA?, 12/07:43
Are references available about notifying doctors’ offices about high-grade malignancy cases?, 12/07:43
Do I have to vent the microwave oven if it is being used to warm slides or heat simple solutions and is being used in a negative pressure room?, 12/07:48

LAP News
Matching labs for inspection now faster, more objective, 4/07:52
Inspection packets made more user-friendly, 8/07:71
Activity menus: soon to be online and real time, 8/07:78
In checklists, changes of all shapes and sizes, 12/07:43
Point-by-point checklist for POC testing, 12/07:46
CME/CE changes, 12/07:46

Lean manufacturing principles/Six Sigma
Brewing a high-octane laboratory, step by step, 8/07:86

Legal issues (see also Medical mistakes)
Of clouds and silver linings: reflections on Martis v. Pekin, 5/07:5
In Florida case, court makes PC billing stick, 8/07:1

Letters
EGFR calculations, 3/07:8
Send-out testing, 3/07:8
Send-out testing, 5/07:8
Point-of-care testing, 5/07:8
Breast cancer diagnoses, 6/07:8
Von Willebrand disease, 6/07:16
Critical values, 7/07:11
Lymph node recovery and evaluation, 8/07:6
Hemolysis in samples, 8/07:6
FNA and thyroid nodules, 8/07:8
ASCO/CAP HER1 guidelines, 10/07:8
Unacceptable specimens, 10/07:11
A broader membership, 12/07:8
Remembering Dennis, 12/07:11

Lynch syndrome
Lynch syndrome testing—when and how?, 12/07:1

Managed care
Pricing slugfest—can labs outlast blows?, 9/07:1

Medical liability insurance

Medical mistakes (see also Legal issues)
With AP specimen identification, the hero is zero, 10/07:5

Medicare (see also Medicare entries under Capitol Scan)
Why ’07 reimbursement rates are down six percent, 2/07:12
2007 national physician fee schedule relative value units (PDF, 466 KB), 2/07:13
Prodding CMS on warfarin home monitoring, 2/07:42
Baby steps to an iffy end: pay for performance, 4/07:70

Middleware
Middleware sparks renewed ROI interest, 2/07:1
Middleware systems: redefining middle management (PDF, 662 KB), 2/07:16
Credit clever middleware for spike in labs’ productivity, 6/07:18

Molecular diagnostics
What lies ahead in cancer genetics, epigenetics, 1/07:1
How labs divvy up molecular testing, 5/07:1
Putting molecular testing in motion, 9/07:1
In AP/radiology venture, seeing is believing, 9/07:1

MRSA screening/infection
Mastering MRSA and more in latest CAP survey, 11/07:5

Multiplex testing
All in one and one for all: multiplex testing, 3/07:1
Multiplexing—assays with multiple personalities, 10/07:1

Myocardial infarction (see Cardiovascular disease/cardiac markers)

Newsbytes
Health information exchange efforts gathering steam, survey finds, 1/07:80
Company developing microchip for measuring glucose levels, 1/07:80
Upcoming Lab InfoTech meeting, 1/07:80
Quovadx and 3M forge agreement for data transformation modules, 1/07:80
Neoteric Technology gets FDA clearance for blood management products, 1/07:80
General Data Company offering laser-imaging system, 1/07:81
Broad-based physician office certification an aid, not an answer, 2/07:88
UPMC embraces ambitious medical technology projects, 2/07:88
Antek partners with Wyndgate Technologies, 2/07:88
Health Level Seven to adopt and maintain ELINCS lab standard, 2/07:89
Data Innovations receives FDA clearance for middleware, 3/07:121
Cutting-edge system may lead labs to can culture, 3/07:121
Apollo Telemedicine now Apollo PACS, 3/07:121
McKesson to assimilate Per-Se Technologies, open new business, 3/07:122
Medicity offering new version of Web-native clinical software, 3/07:122
Axolotl releases upgrade of connectivity application, 3/07:122
SoftGenetics introduces gel-imaging software, 3/07:122
National electronic network to pool HIV data expanding one phase at a time, 4/07:92
McKesson launches Horizon AP system, 4/07:93
Nexsan Technologies introduces latest archiving appliance, 4/07:93
BioAnalytics Group offers software for biomedical researchers, 4/07:93
CCHIT approves criteria for EHRs and expands scope, 5/07:116
GE, Intermountain on track with $100 million project, 5/07:116
Abbyy introduces desktop data-capture solution, 5/07:117
Meditech to acquire Patient Care Technologies, 5/07:117
Upcoming meetings, 5/07:117
How a Nashville medical center provided solutions to a New York hospital system’s problems, 6/07:133
Aperio ups support for TIFF, donates to public domain, 6/07:134
Brother offers laboratories slide label printing system, 6/07:135
Eclipsys introduces blood bank automation software, 6/07:135
And the winner is . . . , 6/07:135
How Health 2.0 paradigm can transform business as usual, 7/07:128
IRS allows nonprofit hospitals to donate EHR software to doctors, 7/07:129
Wyndgate gets FDA clearance for blood center management system, 7/07:129
SNOMED CT functionality now on Multilex Drug Data File, 7/07:129
Health care IT gurus fix on the future at spring conferences, 7/07:129
Siemens and Partners HealthCare collaborate on SOA platform, 7/07:130
Iatric Systems and eWebHealth enter into technology integration venture, 7/07:130
BioAnalytics Group launches system to help researchers manage data, 7/07:130
With Practice Fusion’s online EMR system, cost is no object, 8/07:112
Misys Healthcare signs agreements to sell hospital systems business, 8/07:114
Visionary Medical Systems purchases Antek HealthWare, 8/07:114
Cerner gets FDA clearance for transfusion product, 8/07:114
Data Innovations Europe acquires PGP, 8/07:114
Orchard releases new version of Harvest LIS, 8/07:116
Upcoming meeting for conference PHI2007: Creating a Global Partnership in Public Health Informatics, 8/07:116
Microchip may offer macro returns, 9/07:121
Global Med Technologies secures patent approval for transfusion software, 9/07:121
Template addresses security of portable devices, removable media, 9/07:121
Dawning Technologies enters reseller agreement with Dade Behring, 9/07:121
Government launches NHIN Web site, 9/07:122
MedAvant joins forces with Bloodhound Technologies, 9/07:122
Practice Fusion purchases Medical ChartWizard Systems, 9/07:122
Upcoming meeting: Pathology Visions conference, 9/07:122
Finding wins in the failure of Santa Barbara data exchange, 10/07:106
MRI Web site features EMR system comparisons, 10/07:108
French firm enters partnership with Dawning Technologies, 10/07:109
Dataworks offering free version of Freezerworks, 10/07:109
Abbyy data-capture system available worldwide, 10/07:109
Misys business unit reemerges as Sunquest Information Systems, 11/07:138
WHO and IMIA strengthen efforts to boost health care informatics worldwide, 11/07:138
Mediware to purchase Integrated Marketing Solutions, 11/07:139
Practice Fusion launches free EMR suite, 11/07:139
MTuitive system adds online diagnosis tool, 11/07:139
Public laboratory LOINC workshop and meeting, 11/07:139
Free Webinar on Medicare changes and health care informatics, 11/07:139
ARUP Laboratories releases new version of ARUP Consult, 11/07:139
EHRConsultant offers videos on speech recognition for EHRs, 11/07:140
Clarient adopts Xifin services for revenue-cycle management, 11/07:140
Electronic health records service making its mark, 12/07:81
Global Med Technologies providing validation services for blood banking, 12/07:82
Orchard Software releases Copia upgrade, 12/07:82
Nuance Communications to acquire Vocada, 12/07:82
CCHIT announces first EHRs certified for hospitals, 12/07:83
Practice Fusion and ZyDoc forge relationship, 12/07:83
NLM Web site now links to VisualDxHealth, 12/07:83
Volunteer pathologists needed in Tanzania, 12/07:83

Nonregulated tests/analytes
PT approach for nonregulated tests sets high bar, 7/07:88

Obituary
Robert G. Thomas, MD, 4/07:8
Dennis B. Dorsey, MD, 9/07:14

Opinion
The next step: bringing autoverification into the blood bank, 10/07:38

PAP/NGC Programs Review (see Cytopathology Programs Review)

Pap tests (see Cytopathology/histology)

Patient ID systems
Melding humans and hi-tech stops ID errors cold, 4/07:36

Patient safety
Melding humans and hi-tech stops ID errors cold, 4/07:36

Payment issues
Prodding CMS on warfarin home monitoring, 2/07:42
Baby steps to an iffy end: pay for performance, 4/07:70
Of clouds and silver linings: reflections on Martis v. Pekin, 5/07:5
Pricing slugfest—can labs outlast blows?, 9/07:1

Point-of-care testing
Reality check for POC testing—making it work, 1/07:61

Practice management companies
Tough tactics for practice management woes, 9/07:64

President’s Desk
Looking for what isn’t there, 1/07:11
The value of the basic sciences, 2/07:11
Limping cows in the laboratory, 3/07:11
Fostering patient outreach, 4/07:11
The minds that will move us forward, 5/07:11
Looking for a few transformative ideas, 6/07:11
A quality checkup for office labs, 7/07:11
Taking ownership of new technologies, 8/07:11
Of the job and extraordinary volunteers, 9/07:11
A powerful new vision, 10/07:11
Joining in the greater conversation, 11/07:11
Steps we can take together, 12/07:11

Proficiency testing (see also LAP News/CLA programs)
PT approach for nonregulated tests sets high bar, 7/07:88

PSA testing
Plugging the gaps in PSA testing, 4/07:1

Q&A
Q&Amp;A: When to do a full crossmatch for blood transfusion patients versus doing an immediate spin test, 1/07:84
Do we need to use a gas analyzer to monitor daily our CO2 incubator in microbiology, or is the digital readout sufficient? (Gandy), 1/07:84
Studies on centrifuged serum separator tubes that are sent through a pneumatic tube system to a main laboratory (Kiechle), 2/07:87
Has any use of microarrays been authorized other than for the Roche Amplichip? (Kant), 2/07:87
Is it appropriate in a hospital health system to pool the quality control data and use a single common statistics range for all instruments? (Castellani), 3/07:120
Reusing biohazard bags (Harris), 3/07:120
Analyzing long-term or chronic exposure to toxic heavy metals (Middleberg), 4/07:90
Necessity of doing a cell count and differential on body fluids/CSF on tubes one and four (Galagan), 4/07:90
Necessity of including complete first and last name of individual contacted in reporting a critical value, per CAP laboratory general checklist (Miller-Jones), 5/07:120
How to handle hemolysis in blood samples while strengthening specimen rejection policy (Horowitz), 5/07:120
Antiphospholipid antibody tests in patients with livedo reticularis (Luper), 6/07:134
Appropriate formula to correct the manual CSF WBC count for NRBCs (Novak), 6/07:134
Turnaround time for multiple block frozen sections (Folpe), 7/07:131
Literature on testing blood drawn from an intraosseous line (Kiechle), 7/07:131
How do Sonoclot, PFA-100, and Accumetrics compare in assessing platelet function; does each have an application to assess aspirin, Plavix, and Integrilin? (Luper), 8/07:110
Why is graft-versus-host disease more prevalent among blood recipients from related versus unrelated donors? (AuBuchon), 8/07:110
What liability could we incur by doing QC on flow reports that we do not interpret? (Bierig), 9/07:119
Can the antiphospholipid antibody test be negative in a livedo reticularis patient taking Coumadin for chronic atrial fibrillation? (Van Gott, Mandal), 10/07:114
Time frame after blood collection within which a PT or APTT must be run to ensure accurate results (Fuller, Liechle), 10/07:115
Are hospital patients who are colonized with MRSA simply discharged to return to their nursing homes or other places of residence without treatment or therapy? (Peterson), 11/07:136
What preanalytic factors can influence hematocrit determination? (Novak), 11/07:136
Can you explain why we are required to perform extensive lot change studies for prothrombin time and partial thromboplastin time? Why can’t lab coagulation suppliers manufacture a calibrated reagent? (Triscott), 12/07:80
Where would I find information that I can use to set up new guidelines for peripheral smear review and urinalysis reflex testing to culture? (Novak), 12/07:80

Q-Probes and test management
In send-out snafus, it’s right place, wrong kind, 4/07:5

Quality control
Tilting at perfect timing for QC, 10/07:74

Radio frequency identification
Riffing on RFID: tracking a technology high-flier, 6/07:100

Radiology
In AP/radiology venture, seeing is believing, 9/07:1
Two peas in a pod: digital AP, radiology, 10/07:56

Reference lab services
Simplifying send-outs—what experts advise, 2/07:1

Renal disease
Good idea, bad law: requiring eGFR test, 1/07:1

Screening tests
Untangling thyroid problems, test by test, 2/07:1
Breast cancer dilemma: adjuvant chemo—can new assays help?, 3/07:1
All in one and one for all: multiplex testing, 3/07:1
(A) topic of concern: omitting specific IgE tests, 3/07:1
Time to cast a wider net in fragile X testing, 4/07:1
BNP test utilization in the ED—it’s not what you think, 5/07:108
With new ACOG guidelines, step wisely, 6/07:1
Lynch syndrome testing—when and how?, 12/07:1
ST2 in the ED: Will it nail cardiac risk?, 12/07:1
Using markers for a head start on heart risk, 12/07:1

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

Send-out testing
Simplifying send-outs—what experts advise, 2/07:1
In send-out snafus, it’s right place, wrong kind, 4/07:5

Sepsis
In managing sepsis, the uphill battle continues, 11/07:66

SNOMED (see also Language standardization)
New ‘international face’ for SNOMED terminology, 6/07:5

Specimen collection
Swab story—getting the most from wound cultures, 1/07:5
With AP specimen identification, the hero is zero, 10/07:5

Staffing issues
How and why pathologists fail as managers, 9/07:54

Syphilis
For syphilis screening, a new reflex testing algorithm, (PDF, 572 KB) 8/07:5

System review series (see Information systems, technologies)

Telepathology
View master—an expert eyes digital pathology’s future, 9/07:5
IT challenges don’t drown the drum of digital, 11/07:1

Test development
Lynch syndrome testing—when and how?, 12/07:1
ST2 in the ED: Will it nail cardiac risk?, 12/07:1
Using markers for a head start on heart risk, 12/07:1

Test turnaround time
Fast times at the front end—speeding up ED tests, 7/07:72

Thyroid disease/testing
Untangling thyroid problems, test by test, 2/07:1

TRALI
Catching, tracking, and tackling TRALI, 10/07:1

Urinalysis
Automation nudges urinalysis into spotlight, 7/07:1

Virtual microscopy
Digital pathology adoption? Expect it in niches, 2/07:58

Von Willebrand disease
Giving vWD its due, one test at a time, 1/07:1

Wound cultures
Swab story—getting the most from wound cultures, 1/07:5

 

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