IMPORTANT ALERT for All Clinical Laboratories: New Influenza-Like Disease in Mexico Is Being Watched by Health Agencies Worldwide

Similar cases reported in the California counties of San Diego and Imperial, as well as in San Antonio, Texas Mexico is dealing with what experts believe to be a new strain of influenza which has a combination of genes not previously identified with either human or swine flu. However, this emerging strain-described as A/H1N1 in news reports-seems to be most similar to a flu virus circulating in pigs since 1999. A troubling number of deaths connected to this virus have caught the attention of...

Good News for Labs: HHS Delays Implementation Deadline for ICD-10 to 2013, Version 4010/4010A1

Pathologists and lab directors concerned about training staff to implement the new ICD-10 code sets can relax-but only just a bit! The federal Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) has pushed back the compliance deadline for implementing the International Classification of Diseases, 10th Revision (ICD-10) code sets. The new implementation deadline of October 1, 2013; replaces the existing deadline of October 1, 2011. As it announced this extension in implementation of ICD-10 on...

Two Labs in Friendly Race to Win First ISO 15189 Accreditation in U.S.

It’s a sprint to the finish line in the friendly race to be first laboratory in the United States to earn accreditation under ISO 15189:2007 Medical Laboratories. The two contestants are Piedmont Medical Laboratory (PML) of Winchester, Virginia, and Avera Health Laboratories of Sioux Falls, South Dakota. Within the next six to eight weeks, both laboratories expect to complete all steps in the accreditation process. Each will eagerly await word that, based on the final assessment by...
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