CLSI Blog Articles

Read the latest articles about CLSI and laboratory standards in the official CLSI Blog. Browse our most recent blog articles below.

Highlight on the Importance of Standardized Newborn Screening

According to the ABC News Report Make Newborn Screening Uniform, every baby born in the United States is tested for anywhere from two to as many as 35 genetic or metabolic diseases that are treatable with special diets or medication. This disparity exists because each state has different testing requirements in place. While some states test newborns for dozens of diseases, others are required to perform only a handful of screening tests. To close this gap, a new federal report calls for national standards in newborn screening of the 4 million babies born each year in the United States.

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How Can a Quality Management System Help Labs Mitigate the Cost of Medicare Cuts?

According to the Dark Daily, “To offset the loss of revenue from the price cuts to Medicare Part B clinical laboratory tests, labs will need to aggressively—but wisely—slash costs to balance their budgets.” They predict that community labs will be at greatest risk of financial failure as a result of these cuts. Rural and modest sized community hospitals will also be in peril.

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Is Your Lab Ready?

With the end of National Preparedness Month arriving shortly, there is no better time to focus on implementing a disaster plan for your lab, or updating your lab’s current disaster plan. With the theme of “Disasters Don’t Plan Ahead. You Can,” the US government has provided a free toolkit with useful items for reuse on social media platforms, including hashtags, graphics, videos, and other helpful related links.

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CLSI Partners With the CDC

For the past four years, CLSI has been partnering with the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in a cooperative agreement intended to increase effectiveness and adoption of model laboratory practice guidelines (LPGs). An LPG is a written recommendation for voluntary, standardized approaches for medical laboratory testing.

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Interview with Dennis J. Ernst

Clinical Lab Products’ interview with Dennis J. Ernst, MT(ASCP), NCPT(NCCT), Chairholder of CLSI’s updated phlebotomy standard, GP41. At the end of April 2017, CLSI released two documents of importance to facilities and personnel that collect patient blood specimens in conjunction with diagnostic testing.

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