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Immunotherapies like checkpoint inhibitors and CAR T cell therapies are transforming cancer care. Clinical labs are on the forefront of deploying currently available tests that help determine which immunotherapies patients should receive, and help monitor their treatment response.

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Clinical labs should calibrate their pipettes before putting them into service, and calibrate and perform preventive maintenance on them periodically thereafter. Vendors calibrate pipettes before shipping them to laboratories, providing documentation at that time about a pipette’s bias and imprecision, as well as the method used to calibrate it.

Bench Matters


Federal Insider


AACC is criticizing state Medicaid agencies that are reducing their payment rates for clinical laboratory testing even further than the recent cuts to the Medicare clinical laboratory fee schedule implemented under PAMA.

Focus on Mass Spectrometry


Now that 29 states have passed medical marijuana laws and nine have legalized cannabis for recreational use, there is growing concern about the potential for more impaired drivers on the road. Al-ready states that have legalized cannabis have experienced more traffic accidents and fatalities with cannabis detected.

Industry Playbook


Mini Review


Regulatory Roundup


Special Supplement


Several sessions at the 70th AACC Annual Scientific Meeting will explore how laboratories of the future will be able to demonstrate value in healthcare systems and use emerging technology to reduce pre- and postanalytical errors.

The Sample