The Three Year Outlook for DiagnosticsContinued Uncertainty, Renewed Focus on Value PredictedBy Genna RollinsWhat changes and challenges lay ahead for the IVD industry and clinical labs during the next 3 years? CLN asked experts to reflect on the future of the field and readers to voice their opinion on the most significant issues.
Online Extra - CLN Survey Comments: A Look Ahead - How do Readers Feel about the Future?
Reimbursement and Reform in 2011Will the Push for Integration Open a New Role for Labs?By Bill MaloneAccountable care organizations and other healthcare reform provisions that push clinical integration will bring both challenges and opportunities for the lab. Some even see ACOs as another harbinger of the death of fee-for-service reimbursement—a prospect that could upend current presumptions about how value is assigned to lab tests.
Online Extra - 2011 Lab Fee Schedule Highlights
FolateClinical Utility of Serum and Red Blood Cell AnalysisBy Cynthia Balion PhD, FCACB and Bhushan M. Kapur PhD, FRSC, FACB, FCACBClinicians routinely order folate tests for evaluation of macrocytic anemia. While this clinical practice is well-entrenched, it may not be necessary today because the prevalence of folate deficiency is very low. Learn how labs can control unnecessary orders for the test.
Hidden Epidemic: Chronic HBV and HCV Infections
Q&A with FDA’s Alberto GutierrezBy Bill MaloneAlberto Gutierrez, PhD, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s Office for In Vitro Diagnostics, shares his thoughts on the challenges facing the agency’s review of devices and assays, including new technology, shifts in clinical practice, and greater transparency.
Clinical Chemistry Celebrates the International Year of ChemistryThe International Union of Pure and Applied Chemistry and the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization have designated 2011 as the International Year of Chemistry to celebrate the achievements of chemistry and its contributions to mankind. AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal will mark the year with special editorials and other content.
PATIENT SAFETY FOCUS
FOUND IN THE LITERATURE
Barcode Scanning Errors, a Threat to Patient SafetyBy Nancy Sasavage, PhDBarcodes play a fundamental role in many facets of healthcare today. This article examines the limitations of linear barcode technology and suggests some helpful strategies that laboratories can use for implementing barcode systems and improving the accuracy of existing barcode systems.
TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
The Competence-Confidence ConundrumA Look at Self-AssessmentBy Michael Astion MD, PhDHow good are you at assessing your knowledge? Here’s a chance to test yourself on the concepts of the competence-confidence conundrum and compare your answers to those of subscribers to a competency assessment exam.
LAB SAFETY CONCEPTS
Shift-to-Shift Communication What Can Labs Learn from NASA and other Highly Reliable Organizations?By Erin Grimm, MDPoor communication can negatively affect a lab’s ability to operate efficiency and effectively. Learn how improving communication during shift changes between staff can increase lab efficiency, boost productivity, and improve overall patient safety.
Reference Intervals and Patient SafetyThe Ins and Outs of Establishing Reference IntervalsBy Frederick Strathmann, PhDExtensive guidelines exist to help laboratories provide a minimum standard of patient care; however, no consensus exists on how to establish reference intervals. Find out why creating reference intervals are an essential component of patient safety.
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