The New Glycohemoglobin Standard Will Estimated Average Glucose Boost Patient Understanding? By John R. Bell
Based on the long-awaited final results of the Average Daily A1c-Derived Glucose (ADAG) study, ADA is recommending that labs report estimated average glucose in addition to HbA1c. The aim is to help clinicians more easily explain glucose levels, while not sacrificing accuracy.
CMS Proposed Rule to Replace ICD-9 Coding SetsWill the Healthcare System Be Ready? By Joan Szabo
CMS wants healthcare providers to roll out the new ICD-10 system by October 2011, while the upgrade to the electronic transaction standards must be in place by 2010. The proposed change is expected to touch every provider who submits diagnostic codes and every payer that processes healthcare claims.
Fetal FibronectinA Marker for Predicting Preterm Birth By Alison Woodworth, PhD
Preterm birth is the leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality in the U.S, and its prevalence has risen 21% since 1990, despite advances in predicting and preventing it. A negative test result for fetal fibronectin can be used in combination with other clinical indicators to rule out delivery of an infant in 1–2 weeks, but a positive result is less useful.
Hospital ED Visits Continue Steady Climb
PATIENT SAFETY FOCUS
The Inability of People to Recognize Their Own IncompetenceAn Interview with David Davis, MD
Decreasing Postanalytical Errors with Interpretive ReportsAn Interview with Mario Plebani, MD
Pre-analytic Labeling ErrorsBy Erin Grimm, MD
2008 ANNUAL MEETING HIGHLIGHTS
Experts Debate Pharmacogenetic Testing for Warfarin SensitivityTests Could Enable Better Dosing, But Some Question the Data By John R. Bell
Guidelines Have an Impact But Face Tough Challenges Session Looks at Boosting Use of Laboratory Practice Guidelines By Phil Kibak
From the Podium Plenary speakers and special guest Cokie Roberts highlighted the program.
Lab Credentialing Agencies MergingUnification Aims to Simplify Hiring Qualified Lab Personnel By Bill Malone
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