Webcast

The Pros and Cons of Using HbA1c for Diabetes Diagnosis

  • Duration: 59 Minutes

Price: $59.00

Member Price: $49.00

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DESCRIPTION

Join AACC for this lively 60-minute webinar and learn more about the complexities of HbA1c testing, and the factors that can affect the accuracy of your test results. The main speaker for the program is Dr. Ross Molinaro, but at various points during the program, Dr. Molinaro will discuss questions about HbA1c interferences with panelists who will weigh in with their experiences. After attending the program, you will know what the main sources of Hba1c test interferences are; the latest information on how instrument bias, hemoglobin variants and altered red blood cell turnover can affect HbA1c results; and what your lab can do to manage and lessen the impact of interferences on HbA1c testing.

TARGET AUDIENCE

Laboratory administrators, directors, and managers; pathologists; primary care physicians; and in vitro diagnostic industry professionals involved in the manufacture of HbA1c tests and others involved in diabetes screening and diagnosis.

SPEAKER

Ross Molinaro, PhD, MLS(ASCP), DABCC, FACB, Head of Medical Affairs & Medical Officer, Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics, Inc., Newark, Delaware USA

PANELISTS

To Be Determined

Program

Because HbA1c is now recommended for diagnosis of diabetes and prediabetes, as well as monitoring of mean glycemia, there is an increased emphasis on ensuring the accuracy of HbA1c test results. This need for accuracy has led to the tightening of criteria for passing both National Glycohemoglobin Standardization Program (NGSP) certification and College of American Pathologists (CAP) proficiency testing. Additionally, several recent journal articles have brought attention to interfering factors that can cause an aberrant or inaccurate HbA1c result. These include analytical interferences resulting from hemoglobin variants and the effect of altered RBC turnover.

Join AACC for this lively 60-minute webinar and learn more about the complexities of HbA1c testing, and the factors that can affect the accuracy of your test results. The main speaker for the program is Dr. Ross Molinaro, but at various points during the program, Dr. Molinaro will discuss questions about HbA1c interferences with panelists who will weigh in with their experiences.

Participate in the program and learn:

  • What the main sources of Hba1c test interferences are
  • The latest information on how instrument bias, hemoglobin variants and altered red blood cell turnover can affect HbA1c results
  • What your lab can do to manage and lessen the impact of interferences on HbA1c testing

Technical Requirements

AACC uses WebEx to conduct its webinars. To attend the webinar, you will need:

  • A separate telephone line for the audio or a sound card and speakers
  • A 56Kbps Internet connection or better
  • Windows Users - Internet Explorer 6/7, Firefox 2, Mozilla 1.7+, Netscape 8.1 or higher.
  • Mac Users - Firefox 2, Safari 3.0 (Mac OS 10.4,10.5), Safari 2.0 (Mac OS 10.4) Safari 1.3 (Mac OS 10.3).
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To test your system, please try joining a test meeting prior to your webinar at: https://www.webex.com/lp/jointest. Once on the site, enter your name and email address and click "join."

Continuing Education

AACC designates this program for a maximum of 1.0 ACCENT credit hours towards the AACC Clinical Chemist's Recognition Award. AACC is an approved provider of continuing education for clinical laboratory scientists in the states of California, Florida, Louisiana, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and West Virginia. (Accent-approved programs are also accepted by ASCLS for continuing education credit.)

Corporate Support

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How Webinars Work

It's easy to participate in a webinar. All you need is a computer with Internet access and working speakers. You may also want to have a telephone with speakerphone capabilities close by, but you have the choice of listening to the webinar over your computer speakers or over the phone. If you know that the quality of your computer speakers isn't very good, we suggest that you mute your speakers, dial-in to the webinar and listen via the phone.

Cancellation Policy

All cancellations must be submitted in writing to AACC Customer Service no later than December 2, 2014. Written cancellations received by this date will qualify for a refund, less a $35 processing fee. Cancellations received after this date will not be eligible for a refund; however, a substitute may attend the program provided a written notice is faxed or sent via email. Please send cancellation and substitution notices to AACC customer service at 202-887-5093 (fax) or custserv@aacc.org (e-mail).

Registration/Order form

Registration for the webinar is by site—one computer connection and phone connection per registration. Several business days prior to the webinar, AACC will e-mail you instructions on how to participate. These instructions will include a phone number for you to call to listen to the audio portion of the Webinar and a URL where you can log-in on a computer to participate in the visual portion of the webinar.

FOR INTERNATIONAL ATTENDEES: If you are an international participant, we recommend that you listen to the webinar via your computer speakers. If for some reason the webinar is not being broadcast over your computer speakers, and you do have high-speed internet and a Skype subscription on your computer, you can use Skype for the phone portion of the webinar as a way to avoid charges from your phone company. Just call in to the US number using Skype.

***Please note: If you do intend to use Skype, you also still need to access the computer portion of the webinar as described above. If you want to use Skype but do not have a subscription or would like more information, visit www.skype.com.