Makeovers smarten core labs’ quality control

Dr. Nikola Baumann (left) and Darci Block, PhD, co-directors of Mayo Clinic’s central clinical laboratory. They and others are devising tools to help Mayo’s labs make risk assessment an easily documented process.

Read the full story »

Dr. Nikola Baumann (left)
and Darci Block, PhD

Interface validation:
abort, retry, succeed

“I’m a little more at ease, knowing that I have a team of people here and that we have created a template for how to do the validations, and what to look for,” says Hannah Poczter, MPH, DLM(ASCP), assistant vice president of laboratory services at North Shore-LIJ Health System Laboratories. “We already know the obstacles and should be able to continue doing the validations in a timely manner, making sure the end user gets an accurate report.”

Read the full story »

Hannah Poczter

Diagnostic perils of hematologic illness

Like a modern-day Pericles, Tracy George, MD, had much to traverse in her overview of leukocytosis, thrombocytosis, and erythrocytosis during a course on diagnostic hematology at last year’s AACC meeting. Unlike Shakespeare’s Pericles, however, Dr. George navigated the many twists of her topic with the efficiency and near-encyclopedic knowledge of an experienced tour guide.

Read the full story »

Tracy George, MD

All-new product guide:

Anatomic Pathology Automation

Interactive product guides

Recently updated: AP Automation | Bedside glucose testing systemsCoagulation analyzers | All guides

Monthly features

Advances in tests and equipment, trends in management and clinical operation, regulatory changes, finance, and more.

Regular features

The President’s Desk, Q & A, Clinical, Anatomic, and Molecular abstracts, Newsbytes, Put it on the Board, Shorts on Standards, People, and Letters.

Marketplace

New pathology lab products and industry news from dozens of companies.

Quick Links

CAP TODAY Hosted Webinars
Interactive product guides
Download product guide PDFs
Subscribe or renew CAP TODAY
grayline_light

Submissions Now Accepted for
CAP ’15 Abstract Program

Abstract and case study submissions are now being accepted for the College of American Pathologists (CAP) 2015 meeting, which will be held October 4th through the 7th in Nashville, Tennessee. Submissions will be accepted from: February 9, 2015 through April 10, 2015.

grayline_light

ATHENA trial—an interview with Thomas Lorey, MD

The Food and Drug Administration on April 24 approved use of the Roche Cobas HPV test as a primary standalone screen for cervical cancer in women 25 and older. For a discussion of the ATHENA data on which the FDA based its decision, see Dr. Check’s June story “Data spark new directions in cervical cancer.”

Archives: HPV primary screening for cervial cancer—an interview with Ritu Nayar, MD.

Laboratorian Career Center

Search for jobs or post open positions for pathology-related jobs. Start here.grayline_light

CAP TODAY Recommends

When to replace your LIS

Jan. 29, 2015—Laboratory informatics plays a vital role in helping labs expand their reach and become more involved in patient outcomes. The latest Orchard Software white paper reviews how to evaluate whether a laboratory information system can help carry out that task, and when it is time to look for something new. Read it.
   According to Orchard, these are some warning signs of an outdated LIS: it is unreliable, difficult to support, lacks satisfactory customer service, lacks key functionality, cannot integrate with other systems, and no longer fits with a new workflow.

AFB PCR’s utility; evaluating large B-cell lymphomas

Two articles have been released early online this month by The Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine. One study (abstract | PDF) concludes that traditional diagnostics such as histopathology, acid-fast bacilli smear, and culture should continue to take precedence over AFB PCR in detecting mycobacteria in clinical specimens.
   The other early release (abstract | PDF) reviews the different immunohistochemical features used for identification, subclassification, prognosis, and sometimes treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and related lymphomas, based on 2014 literature and the authors’ experience with routine cases.

Stay ahead of 2015 coding, billing changes

An “onslaught” of public and private payer changes to coding, billing, and collections are likely to make life tougher for clinical laboratories next year. Learn more

How to hang on to your best-of-breed AP LIS

A recently released white paper, “Augmenting an Enterprise-Wide HIT System with a Best-of-Breed Anatomic Pathology LIS,” explains the “hidden traps” found in enterprise-wide and limited-function pathology laboratory information system products. Read more.

More CAP TODAY Recommends