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Acute leukemia workups, from top to bottom

May 2017—Plenty can happen in five years. Just ask Cubs fans who watched their team leap from a 101-loss season in 2012 to a 103-win season in 2016 and a World Series title as the cherry on top. Or ask Daniel Arber, MD, who co-chaired a hefty new guideline—a half decade in the making—on diagnostic workup of acute leukemia. At the start of the project, “I think everyone going into it realized it was going to be a time-consuming, long process. But I don’t think anyone realized how long,” says Dr. Arber, professor and chair of pathology, University of Chicago, and the CAP co-chair for the guideline group.

Laboratory accreditation program 2016 checklists: Less legwork, more clarity seen in personnel changes

September 2016—For the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, inspection checklist requirements covering personnel are a perennial concern. They are the leading source of disparities between the findings of the program’s inspectors and inspection audits done by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. Personnel is also high on the list of questions asked of Laboratory Accreditation Program staff. “Personnel is a hot topic for the College,” says CAP Checklists Committee chair William W. West, MD.

New tests, technologies at center of 2016 CAP checklist revamp

August 2016—Maybe laboratory accreditation checklists aren’t the first reading you reach for when you want to unwind. But for an intriguing window into laboratory medicine and how it’s changing, you might take a look at the revisions in the 2016 edition of the Laboratory Accreditation Program checklists, released in August.

In situ hybridization: more harmony across checklists

August 2016—As the use of in situ hybridization (ISH) expands, laboratories employing this form of testing increasingly rely on the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program checklist for guidance. That is one reason members from three CAP committees started meeting to revise the ISH checklist, says CAP Surgical Pathology Committee member Aleodor Andea, MD, MBA. Another reason: to harmonize and streamline the ISH checklist requirements across three different disciplines.

Carbapenem resistance: advice from the frontline

August 2015—The problem of carbapenem resistance first made its way to Detroit’s Henry Ford Hospital in 2007, when a multidrug-resistant organism appeared in a sputum sample from the intensive care unit. Within weeks, several other cases emerged.

QC for accreditation: CMS validation inspections

May 2015—Quality control is second nature and part of the air that laboratories breathe. So it’s no surprise that QC should be subject to quality checks of its own, as one of the pivotal checklist areas that CAP’s Laboratory Accreditation Program focuses on during inspections.

Checklist changes put out fire (drills), for starters

May 2014—Gerald Hoeltge, MD, chair of the CAP Checklists Committee, is pretty sure he knows exactly the way many laboratories will react to a particular change in the latest edition of the Laboratory Accreditation Program checklists, which launch this month.

No ifs, ands, or buts on IHC assay validation

March 2014—Like Gypsy Rose Lee, tests and their true nature reveal themselves bit by bit. For immunohistochemistry, this unhurried disclosure has meant evolving ideas of whether these tests must indeed be validated and, if so, then how, exactly. The discussion recently culminated in a new CAP guideline for laboratories.

No worries with new cancer biomarker templates

October 2013—For anyone worried about the new CAP reporting templates for cancer biomarkers, Patrick L. Fitzgibbons, MD, has an important message: Don’t panic. “These are nothing new,” says Dr. Fitzgibbons, a pathologist at St. Jude Medical Center, Fullerton, Calif., and chair of the CAP Cancer Biomarker Reporting Committee. “We’re not adding anything. The templates will look very familiar to users of the CAP cancer protocols. They shouldn’t be considered a significant burden.”

For prenatal NGS labs, new accreditation requirements

September 2013—With the 2013 edition of the Laboratory Accreditation Program checklist, the College moves to a new level in its effort to ensure the highest-quality practices in clinical laboratories’ use of next-generation DNA sequencing. Expanding on last year’s debut of next-generation sequencing checklist requirements, the new molecular pathology checklist, released July 29, includes a focus on NGS for maternal plasma to identify fetal aneuploidy. Phase I requirements address information needed on requisitions, monitoring of assays and targeted disorders, and reporting, while phase II requirements address quality control.

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