June 2014 Clinical Laboratory News: Volume 40, Number 6

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Laboratory medicine is changing, and CLN is changing, too—to provide readers with more of the news you need to stay ahead of the curve with medicine, policy, and technology advancements. Starting in July 2014, readers will find new features designed for our broad audience, new departments that tackle everyday lab issues, and all in a bold new magazine format.


A New Era for Lab Reimbursement
Congress Overhauls Lab Fee Schedule
By Bill Malone

Congress has set laboratory medicine on a new course with a law that dramatically shifts how labs will be paid. Medicare will follow private market rates beginning in 2017, upending a decades-old system of fee-for-service payment on the clinical laboratory fee schedule.

The Continuing Search for Alzheimer's Biomarkers
Could a Blood Test Be Near?
By Deborah Levenson

Provocative emerging research suggested that a 10-lipid panel accurately distinguished individuals who developed Alzheimer's within 2 to 3 years from those who were cognitively healthy. However, this line of investigation, and many others involving this devastating neurodegenerative disease, await further validation before they can be considered clinically meaningful breakthroughs.


ANA Testing
From Microscopy to Multiplexing
By Kun-Young Sohn, MD, PhD, and Waliul I. Khan, MBBS, PhD, FRCPath

Autoimmune diseases (AID) have long been difficult to diagnose and treat, but recent advances in multiplex technology have led to faster, more accurate means of identifying these conditions. Laboratorians can help patients with AID by familiarizing physicians with this new analytical process and its benefits, especially as multiplex immunoassays expand to include more antigens.


Microbiology, Advanced Tests Projected to Keep U.S. IVD Market Afloat


2014 AACC Annual Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo Preview
With more than 200 sessions to choose from, the AACC annual meeting lets you customize a program that meets your needs. Find out how a professor of laboratory medicine, a lab manager, and a graduate student all plan to get the most out of their experience in Chicago
AACC Announces 2015 Board Election Candidates
Robert Christenson, PhD, chair of AACC's 2014 Nominating Committee, has announced the slate of candidates for the 2015 Board elections. AACC members should look for an email in September containing instructions about voting online.

National Cancer Institute Accepting Requests for Monoclonal Antibodies to Cancer Targets
Any lab that needs monoclonal antibodies for cancer-related protein or peptide targets can now submit a request to the National Cancer Institute's Antibody Characterization Program, which will generate and characterize antibodies for each target you provide.


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