May 2017 OneLab Memo

Monday, May 22, 2017

ONELab Memo
Reform of the LCD Process
What are LCDs and why should we support their reform? Local Coverage Determinations (LCDs) are coverage policies developed by Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) to outline whether Medicare will pay for certain services and under what conditions. Because they are developed by Medicare contractors responsible for processing Medicare claims, there is the potential for regional variation in coverage determinations. This can cause confusion for beneficiaries and for providers. Gregg Sossaman, MD, FASCP, calls for a more transparent process.
Support the Medical Laboratory Workforce. Give to the ASCP Foundation Scholarship Fund
Cristina Duluc, CT(ASCP)CM, recently spent two months doing an internship in the Cytology Department at Duke University Medical Center. “My supervisors allowed me to see what it was like to be a cytotechnologist every day,” she says. “I got a wide variety of samples, from pap smears to thyroids and even an eye! I would not have been able to do it without the ASCP Foundation Laboratory Student Scholarship.”

ONELab Spotlight:
ASCP Patient Champion Cindy Johns

In the five years that Cindy Johns has been battling cancer, one comforting fact always remained in her mind. Every time her blood was drawn, she knew that she had dedicated, caring laboratory professionals working behind the scenes to ensure her results were as accurate as possible and available to her physician in a timely manner. Learn more about her story and how she is building lab awareness as an ASCP Patient Champion.

US Global AIDS Coordinator Deborah Birx
to Headline General Scientific Session at
ASCP 2017 Chicago

Deborah L. Birx, MD, U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator & Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, will headline the general scientific session at the ASCP 2017 Annual Meeting, to be held Sept. 6-8 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Her three-decade-long career has focused on HIV/AIDS immunology, vaccine research, and global health.

David Draisen, MT(ASCP)
Wins ASCP Sweepstakes

Congratulations to ASCP’s Night Out in the “City Where It Happens” Sweepstakes Winner, David Draisen, MT(ASCP)! As a part of Member Week 2017, we randomly selected one member to win a sweepstakes prize that includes registration to ASCP 2017 and tickets to see “Hamilton” in Chicago. Get to know Mr. Draisen when you read his blog and learn how influential mentors and ASCP have supported him as a medical technologist.

Pathology Update: Sharpen Your Diagnostic Approaches to Surgical Pathology

Pathology Update will provide a state-of-the-art overview of surgical pathology on July 24-28 in Las Vegas. The value of the course comes directly from the expertise of the presenters and the real-world insights that they provide for pathologists’ day-to-day practice. “We have assembled an outstanding faculty with both broad and detailed knowledge in areas that most surgical pathologists need to deal with on a daily basis,” says Andrew Churg, MD, FASCP, a course director for Pathology Update.

GO Map Strengthens the Fight
Against Cancer Globally

ASCP is proud to partner with Global Oncology in their launch of the enhanced and expanded Global Oncology (GO) Map, a free interactive, online platform created to engage multi-sector partners to build, quantify, and strengthen the fight against cancer. Sign up to share your projects, research, and events relating to global cancer care.

Partners Project Rolls Out Plans
in Three More Countries

The ASCP-led Partners for Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment in Africa is working to expand its services to include the countries of Kenya, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Case for Team-Based Pathology

What challenges have you faced in your practice with regard to coordinating testing between anatomic and clinical pathology? What are some examples of times when effective communication led to a better outcome? Laurel Glaser, MD, PhD, and Roseann Wu, MD, MPH, FASCP, invite you to join them at the upcoming ASCP Annual Meeting for their session, “Team-based Pathology: Cases Bridging Cytology and Microbiology.”
JOURNAL Highlights
AJCP Highlight: Improving Lab Quality
by Introducing International Standards
Critical Values Highlight:
The Power of Global Health
Lablogatory Highlight: Honing Your
Skills to Become a Stronger Leader
National Cancer Institute Joint Pathology-Radiology Workshop
On May 22, the National Cancer Institute will host a Workshop on Best Practices for Lung and Liver Tumor Biopsies which will bring together pathologists, radiologists, and oncologists to discuss tumor biopsy procedures, with a focus on lung and liver sites, in order develop draft procedural guidance documents. The workshop will be held at the National Institutes of Health, Bethesda.
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