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The Dark Side of The Moon

With all due respect to Pink Floyd, it seems there is some growing concern the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative is running off course a bit with its recent selection of the “Blue Ribbon Panel” and who is at the table for high level discussions concerning this initiative.  I made some remarks to this in a recent […]

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Whole Slide Imaging Safe for Kidney Biopsy Reads

| April 25, 2016 | 0 Comments

A group of authors, including several of a multi-center collaboration called Nephrotic Syndrome Study Network (NEPTUNE) recently published a concordance study looking at inter- and intraobserver concordance for interpretation of kidney biopsies. The study was recently published in Modern Pathology. Their findings highlighted in the abstract below show high concordance with standardization of reporting in kidney […]

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Cancer Moonshot Program Seeks Input Through Online Platform

| April 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Vice-President Biden is taking the administration’s last year push to “double the rate of progress towards a cancer cure” to the Vatican and now, the public.  I am beginning to have my doubts as of nearly the month of May…”The community involvement that the initiative garners will allow us to consider novel, creative ideas that might […]

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How to Increase Reimbursements and Avoid PQRS Penalties That Could Significantly Reduce Your Medicare Part B Income

| April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

Alternative Payment Models for Labs and Pathologists: How to Increase Reimbursements and Avoid PQRS Penalties That Could Significantly Reduce Your Medicare Part B Income   Thursday, May 5, 2016 @ 2 p.m. EDT; 1 p.m. CDT; 12 p.m. MDT; 11 a.m. PDT Register Now! YOUR PRESENTERS: Mick Raich, President and CEO, Vachette Pathology Joe Beham, CFO, Toledo […]

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The Unleashed Power of Digital Pathology: Is There a Way Forward?

| March 29, 2016 | 0 Comments

The featured post for today is guest written by Dr. Anil Parwani, known throughout the industry as a key opinion leader and has been very active in digital pathology among many other professional and research interests. In his post he looks back 15 years to our first meeting at a pathology meeting, perhaps in a […]

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Medicare audit requests on the rise: How to justify the medical necessity of your lab’s testing

| March 16, 2016 | 0 Comments

  How to Protect Your Lab from Costly and Time-Consuming Government Investigations and Qui Tam Lawsuits—and What to Do If the Government Does Come Calling     ORDER YOUR CD TODAY!   If you missed the webinar from Pathology Webinars on “How to Protect Your Lab from Costly and Time-Consuming Government Investigations and Qui Tam Lawsuits—and […]

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PathXL Granted Patent for Automated Tumor Analysis on H&E Digital Slides

| March 3, 2016 | 0 Comments

Congratulations to Dr. Hamilton and the team at PathXL on this patent.  Look for more patents to be granted to PathXL in the future.  There is a perfect storm brewing right now in digital pathology — goals for precision medicine, image analysis/analytics/algorithms for best clinical practices and a recognition that computer technologies will be required to […]

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Omnyx Applauds FDA and Digital Pathology Association on Recent Collaboration 

| January 17, 2016 | 0 Comments

Last week news was released after months of speculation, that the FDA would consider the de novo classification option for digital pathology systems as a pathway for bringing to market a moderate or low risk device which has not yet been classified, and for which there is no predicate device (as in whole slide imaging systems). If the FDA […]

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College of American Pathologists Notably Absent from Choosing Wisely

| November 22, 2015 | 2 Comments

I recalled sharing news a couple of years ago about ASCP and the ABIM Foundation partnering together for something called “Choosing Wisely” and thought I would check in to see what this site consisted of now. I think the addition of information for patients is somewhat new in addition to information for clinicians. According the […]

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“Herceptoid” and “Personalized” Medicine

| September 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

Over the summer a longtime friend asked if I could review some slides for a friend of his, or actually from his friend’s wife. Of course I agreed to do so. He mentioned that she had “metastatic breast cancer” and wanted to make sure the slides fit that diagnosis to insure she was getting the […]

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Digital Pathology Story Appears in Wall Street Journal

| June 9, 2015 | 1 Comment

Facebook and a number of folks last night during a bad time for the Chicago Blackhawks made me aware of a piece by Ms. Landro at the Wall Street Journal that touches on a number of issues including mention of use of digital pathology for image analysis as illustrated by work being done at UPMC with […]

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Group releases guidelines that seek to reduce unnecessary cervical cancer screening

The NPR (5/1, Haelle) “Shots” blog reports that yesterday, the American College of Physicians released guidelines “that aim to reduce unnecessary” cervical cancer “screening. They say that no women should be getting annual Pap tests, at any age.” The blog adds that “the ACP also has a preference for co-testing — Pap plus HPV test — for women age 30 […]

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CAP and NSH Release New Guideline to Improve Patient Safety

| April 24, 2015 | 0 Comments

Pathologists and histotechnologists team to provide recommendations to standardize block and slide labeling practices Recently the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) released the first evidence-based guideline to ensure patient safety through the uniform labeling of paraffin blocks and slides. The guideline, “Uniform Labeling of Blocks and Slides in Surgical […]

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CAP eFRM named MEDITECH’s Recommended Solution for Synoptic Reporting in Pathology

| April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

Boston, MA – After cementing interface protocols for a seamless integration, the College of American Pathologists’ electronic Forms and Reporting Module (CAP eFRM) is MEDITECH’s recommended synoptic reporting solution for pathology. CAP eFRM ensures that pathologists will remain compliant with American College of Surgeons (ACoS) and CAP requirements for synoptic cancer reporting. Developed in partnership between […]

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