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  CAP TODAY Archive for 2003

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Updated March 14, 2007

2003

January | February | March | April | May | June | July
August | September | October | November | December

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2003 CAP TODAY Article Index

2003 CAP TODAY Article Index (PDF, 53.6Kb)


December 2003

Cover Story:

Made to order: how to add new tests

Feature Stories:

Stepping up to the plate in prion surveillance
Proposed rule takes ’excessive’ to extreme
Unwelcome changes averted in fee schedule final rule
Rooting out ’invisible’ blood collection errors
Labs are hungry and hematology vendors are cooking
Flow cytometry’s ’10-most-wanted’ checklist items
Innovations In Pathology
Taking care of business
Your CPT Questions

PAP/NGC Programs Review:

New CPT and ICD-9-CM codes for cervical cytology services
NGC Q & A
Breast carcinoma and FNA biopsy
Graded ThinPrep slides now in PAPM

President’s Desk:

President’s Column

Regular Features:

Survey High-volume hematology analyzers (PDF document, 1.31Mb)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes


November 2003

Cover Story:

Thinning out a dense affair: cancer, clots

Feature Stories:

KBassay still ahead despite tough rival
Two roads for HPV testing, but only one is heavily traveled
Left to its own devices, Dade puts pedal to the mettle
Making the call on assay interference
Bringing order to data chaos
For vendors, LOINC a fast track to the future
Squeezing out platelet contamination

President’s Desk:

President’s Column

Regular Features:

Survey Laboratory information systems (PDF document, 233Kb)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes


October 2003

Cover Story:

Histology labs eye new kids on the block

Feature Stories:

FDA puts ASR rule back on the table
Waiting game nearly over for ISBT 128
CMS revises its estimates of reasonable earnings
Word and deed: Pap test malpractice case turns on lack of followup
ISBT 128 revved up and ready to roll
CLA probes problems, reacts to new rules and regs
Eight of the great lauded at CAP ’03 annual meeting
Facing up to anti-animal antibody interference
Your CPT Questions

PAP/NGC Programs Review:

United Kingdom Department of Health report evaluating HPV/LBC cervical screening pilot studies
Thyroid FNA specimen adequacy guidelines
Nongyn turnaround time-applying the requirement to your lab

President’s Desk:

CAP ’03: A warm welcome home

Regular Features:

Survey Blood bank information systems (PDF document, 58Kb)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes


September 2003

Cover Story:

Clinicians talk shop-here’s what they want

Feature Stories:

Riding up and down on the ULR seesaw
At long last, slaying the dictation dragon
Lowdown on PSA levels--should current threshold drop?
The brass tacks of blood gas analyzers
Diagnosing Clostridium difficile diarrhea and colitis
In two settings, plusses pile up for POC coag testing
Pixel-perfect: Why digital imaging leaders forge ahead
Innovations In Pathology

President’s Desk:

The legacy of our calling

Regular Features:

Survey In vitro blood gas analyzers (PDF document, 179Kb)
Clinical Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes


August 2003

Cover Story:

As season starts, here’s the buzz on WNV

Feature Stories:

Chill out-a new idea on platelet storage
Making room for roboticsin molecular labs
Revolution draws near for electronic medical records
Waste watchers learning the lean routine in clinical laboratories
American Board of Pathology names new EVP

President’s Desk:

Laboratory quality: good works get better

Regular Features:

Survey In POC coagulation, all eyes on ease and accuracy (PDF document, 175Kb)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes

Special Section: PAP/NGC Programs Review

Defining adequacy in nongynecologic cytology
Cytopathology sessions at CAP ’03
The cytopathology component of the new CLIA modifications
What the 2002 nongynecologic cytology data tell us
How to donate
Getting the most out of Pap and HPV DNA co-testing
Log on to learn more
Calling a Pap program slide inadequate
Please help us detect problem cases
Q & A
United Kingdom Department of Health report evaluating HPV/LBC cervical screening pilot studies
Thyroid FNA specimen adequacy guidelines
Nongyn turnaround time-applying the requirement to your lab


July 2003

Cover Story:

Digging deep for the roots of dementia

Feature Stories:

Creating a common language for labs
Esoteric tests lighten hospital labs’ wallets
With synoptic reports, big picture in a small package
Stopping rogue infectious agents in the nick of time
To lower costs, one lab takes automation to task
Making your med tech minutes count
What billing systems need to succeed
Survival tips for the informatics and retail revolutions
Getting blood gas laboratories into tip-top shape
Detecting acute coronary syndrome when seconds count

President’s Desk:

SNOMED CT and the Tower of Babel

Regular Features:

Survey System Review Series: Billing/accounts receivable systems (PDF document, 45Kb)
Survey Survey of Instruments: Chemistry analyzers for medium- and high-volume laboratories (PDF document, 129Kb)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes


June 2003

Cover Story:

Keeping cool-headed in the face of SARS

Feature Stories:

What lies in wait for office labs?
Choosing cost-efficiency in low-volume labs
Assay takes arthritis out of the gray zone
Backing Bhutan’s soon-to-be-solo pathologist
POC in motion--the changing face of mobile testing
Better cardiac calls
Apples to apples to oranges--comparing lab practices
In memoriam: Harold E. ’Jack’ Resinger, MD
Your CPT Questions

President’s Desk:

A matter of interconnectivity

Regular Features:

Survey Survey of Instruments: Chemistry anazlyzers for low-volume laboratories (PDF document, 121Kb)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Your CPT Questions
Q & A
Laboratory Accreditation Newsletter
Newsbytes
Letters


May 2003

Cover Story:

At every stage, labs stay in step with CML
Quantitative RT-PCR: how well do labs do?
Acute myeloid leukemia and FLT3

Feature Stories:

Latest assay opens another sepsis frontier
Fighting fear as well as smallpox in debate over vaccinations
New hemoglobin disorders atlas one for the books
In Memoriam - F. William Sunderman, MD, PhD - 1898-2003
A call to bare arms vs. smallpox
Too much emphasis on screening interval, too little on safety
Pulling out all the stops in the LIS marketplace
Push for patient safety is nudge for automation
Cache register - the risky business of tissue banking

PAP/NGC Programs Review:

Coming soon: new Bethesda System atlas and Web site
Cervical cancer screening guidelines—then and now
Chart
Is there a right time for cyto/histo correlation in gyn cytology?
For cytology cases, no protocols requirement
Cytopathology sessions at CAP ’03
HIPAA and slide donations
A sweep for missing slides
Can mucinous lesions be diagnosed reliably by core needle biopsy?
NGC Q & A
We need your questionnaires

President’s Desk:

The ’androgogy’ of learning

Regular Features:

Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A
Newsbytes

Special Section: PAP/NGC Programs Review


Survey System Review Series: Laboratory automation systems & workcells (PDF document, 194Kb)
Coming soon: new Bethesda System atlas and Web site
Cervical cancer screening guidelines—then and now
Chart
Is there a right time for cyto/histo correlation in gyn cytology?
For cytology cases, no protocols requirement
Cytopathology sessions at CAP ’03
HIPAA and slide donations
A sweep for missing slides
Can mucinous lesions be diagnosed reliably by core needle biopsy?
NGC Q & A
We need your questionnaires


April 2003

Cover Story:

Sticky business with tube holders
Reducing sharps injuries

Feature Stories:

Taking on Goliaths, smaller practices find way to succeed
PSA facts and figures
Putting some teeth into anti-HCV testing
It’s ’so long’ to business-as-usual at CAP meeting
Good is getting better in HIV viral load testing
Nurses put POC tests through their paces
Keeping score: Daniel Farkas, PhD, tracks the recent hits and misses in molecular testing
Your CPT Questions

President’s Desk:

The energy within

Regular Features:

Survey Survey of Instruments: Bedside glucose testing systems (PDF document, 97Kb)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A


March 2003

Cover Story:

A supporting role for serum HER2/neu?

Feature Stories:

Getting the most out of prostate workups
PSA screens and consent
Brisk trade in tissue for proteomics and genomics research
With ’03 regulation, CLIA ’88 closes QC loop
New regulation at a glance
Language barrier falls with checklist change
Divide and conquer
The Ten Commandments of professional component billing

President’s Desk:

Shedding the cobwebs

Regular Features:

Survey System Review Series: Anatomic Pathology Computer Systems (PDF document, 117Kb)
Survey Survey of Instruments: Automated immunoassay analyzers (PDF document, 229Kb)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A


February 2003

Cover Story:

Drug culture--ins and outs of DOA screens

Feature Stories:

Rapid HIV test whips up waiver debate
Mass-terpiece in the works for imaging protein networks?
Imaging mass spectrometry
Pathology spared the ’03 relative value cuts
Pap test computer error 2003 Medicare relative values for pathology services
In cancer fight, antiangiogenesis drugs still in play
POC connectivity standard up but running slowly
Pap test perils
Your CPT Questions
In memoriam: William J. Reals, MD 1920-2002

President’s Desk:

Fixing the physician payment system

Regular Features:


Survey System Review Series: Physician office-laboratory links software (PDF document, 121Kb)
Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Lab Accreditation Newsletter
Q & A


January 2003

Cover Story:

Identity crisis persist--which D-dimer?
D-dimer pointers

Feature Stories:

POC Glucose: More Hospitals Choose to Bill
CF carrier screening--making it meaningful
What the manufacturers offer for CF screening
Retail detail--hospitals mull direct access testing
December issue correction
For warfarin monitoring in patients with lupus inhibitors, review PT method
Flunking the genetic test: Why we’re not ready for mass genetic screening and testing
Biotechnology forum for women
Stopping the paper blizzard in its tracks
Judging specimen adequacy by Bethesda ’01 criteria
Estimating LBP Cellularity
How Pap adequacy affects patient management
HPV screening seminar a success
Toward multi-functional analyzers

Regular Features:

Clinical Abstracts
Anatomic Abstracts
Q & A

Special Section: PAP/NGC Programs Review

Survey Coagulation Analyzers (PDF document, 128Kb)
New CPT and ICD-9-CM codes
NGC Q & A
Breast carcinoma and FNA biopsy
Graded ThinPrep slides now in PAPM

Survey Library

High-volume hematology analyzers - December 2003 (PDF document, 1.31Mb)
Laboratory information systems - November 2003 (PDF document, 233Kb)
Blood bank information systems - October 2003 (PDF document, 58Kb)
In vitro blood gas analyzers - September 2003 (PDF document, 179Kb)
In POC coagulation, all eyes on ease and accuracy - August 2003 (PDF document, 175Kb)
System Review Series: Billing/accounts receivable systems - July 2003 (PDF document, 45Kb)
Survey of Instruments: Chemistry analyzers for medium- and high-volume laboratories- July 2003 (PDF document, 129Kb)
Survey of Instruments: Chemistry anazlyzers for low-volume laboratories - June 2003 (PDF document, 121Kb)
System Review Series: Laboratory automation systems & workcells - May 2003 (PDF document, 194Kb)
Survey of Instruments: Bedside glucose testing systems - April 2003 (PDF document, 97Kb)
System Review Series: Anatomic Pathology Computer Systems - March 2003 (PDF document, 117Kb)
Survey of Instruments: Automated immunoassay analyzers - March 2003 (PDF document, 229Kb)
System Review Series: Physician office-laboratory links software - February 2003 (PDF document, 121Kb)
Coagulation Analyzers - January 2003 (PDF document, 128Kb)

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