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Published on July 22, 2011

Contact: Joe Schramm
Phone: 800-323-4040, ext 7445
E-mail: media@cap.org

CAP Launches 2012 New Products/Programs at 2011 AACC Annual Meeting

Northfield, IL.—The College of American Pathologists (CAP) will introduce more than 40 new products/programs for 2012 and feature CAP physician members’ as speakers in its booth at the 2011 AACC (American Association for Clinical Chemistry) Annual Meeting, in Atlanta, July 26-28.

As part of the 2012 launch at AACC, the CAP will demonstrate Digital Scope technology, a major advancement in on-line imaging designed to deliver a user experience similar to real-life microscopy that will be used in some CAP Surveys. CAP Surveys allow laboratories to regularly evaluate performance and improve results accuracy. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) mandates that U.S. laboratories enroll in a program, like CAP Surveys, to meet requirements for performing certain laboratory tests.

Also in 2012, new introductions will include the CAP Accreditation for Biorepositories program and a Quality Management Tool (QMT) for monitoring troponin measures. CAP developed the QMT in collaboration with the Society of Chest Pain Centers (SCPC).

On site in the CAP booth at AACC, CAP members, physicians who specialize in pathology, will speak about various CAP Surveys, running the gamut of laboratory medicine disciplines, e.g., chemistry, hematology and microbiology, and quality management tools. Speakers and presentation titles include:

  • Elizabeth A. Wagar, MD, FCAP, University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas: CAP Proficiency Testing Surveys: Microbiology;
  • Alice L. Werner, MD, FCAP, Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters, Norfolk, Virginia: CAP Hematology and Clinical Microscopy Programs;
  • Teresa P. Darcy, MD, FCAP, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Madison, Wisconsin: CAP Quality Practices Committee; and
  • Richard J. Baltaro, MD, PhD, FCAP, Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska: CAP Chemistry, Endocrinology and Accuracy Based Surveys Programs.

“CAP presentations at AACC highlight the scientific and clinical contributions of pathologists to laboratory medicine. Many of the pathologists who present at AACC also serve on CAP scientific resource committees, and help ensure CAP laboratory improvement programs remain scientifically current and clinically relevant,” said Paul A. Valenstein, MD, FCAP, Chair, CAP’s Council on Scientific Affairs. “The experience and knowledge of leading pathologists, along with experts from other organizations with which we collaborate, ensure that CAP products remain the ‘gold standard’ for laboratory quality.”

Also to be introduced in 2012, the CAP will offer expanded Surveys designed as educational opportunities offering more difficult and/or complex testing, comprehensive case studies, and the ability to recognize and integrate problem-solving skills in areas such as bacteriology, lipids, transfusion medicine, and virtual peripheral blood smears. The CAP also has developed new products for primary education and periodic competency assessments, such as Microbiology Bench Tools Competency and Virtual Gram Stain Basic and Advanced Competency.

The College of American Pathologists is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.