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June 2018 Test Bulletin Update
5/22/2018 5:25:43 PM

Please note that the go-live date for the new and more sensitive assay for Syphilis testing has been postponed to June 5, 2018.  The new order code SYPHB will be effective once the assay goes live on June 5, 2018.

Thank you!

 

May 2018 PCL Alverno Test Bulletin
5/14/2018 2:15:15 PM

Dear Healthcare Provider,

The June 2018 test bulletin is ready for your review.  

Included in this bulletin is information regarding standardization initiative for pediatric reference ranges. This update is for pediatric thyroid testing of Free T4 and Total T3.

If you routinely order syphilis testing in your office, please read these pages.  

We welcome all our new clients to the Alverno family!

March/April 2018 PCL Alverno Test Bulletin
4/16/2018 3:13:33 PM

Dear Healthcare Provider,

The February Test Bulletin contains information on a device change for PCL testing for chlamydia/gonorrhea and a reminder that the reflex criteria for urine cultures changed in January. 

Information is also included regarding EGFR by PCR - plasma specimen for liquid biopsy and molecular enteric pathogen panels which began on 3/1/2018.  

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Revised 4/17/18

The March Test Bulletin (updated 4/17/18 page 5 missing) contains information on inspecting multi-collect devices for signs of leakage and celiac panel testing ordering guidelines. 


See page one of the MarchTest Bulletin for information regarding a serum osmolality reference range update and reference range corrections for common ragweed allergen testing.

Also included is information regarding Protime with or without therapy and molecular testing with blood cultures. 

Currently there is no April 2018 update.  If important information comes up, we will be sure to update the blog.

Wishing you sunshine and more spring like weather,
Your PCL Alverno Team

PCL Alverno January 2018 Test Bulletin
1/24/2018 3:49:07 PM

Dear Healthcare Provider,

The January 2018 test bulletin contains information regarding glomerular filtration rates for pediatric patients and a change to reference ranges related to a new flow cytometry analyzer installation that will be in effect 2/1/2018.

An update related the norovirus is included on page two. This is in effect at this time. Please take a moment to review the test bulletin if you order any of these tests in your practice.

Thank you for your patronage!

PCL Alverno December 2017 Test Bulletin
12/7/2017 3:23:01 PM

Dear Healthcare Provider,

this month's one page bulletin gives an update that includes information on mumps, measles and rubella, reflex criteria for urine culture, and ragweed allergen testing.  

Please click the above link to view the details.

Thank you and Merry Christmas from your Alverno team!

PCL Alverno November 2017 Test Bulletin - Important UHC information!
11/1/2017 10:46:18 AM

Effective today, UnitedHealthcare will require any physician who orders molecular or genetic testing to aquire a prior authorization before submitting the order to the performing laboratory.  

For your convenience, we have added links on our website to help you navigate the process.  It includes a list of previously ordered testing that now requires prior authorization.  If the test you would like to order is not listed on the form or in the BeaconLBS database, please contact us via email by clicking Client Service or by phone - 800-937-5521.  

Urine Creatinine                           
Effective immediately, all orders for random urine protein or electrolytes will include urine creatinine.  Creatinine is a useful tool when used in conjunction with other findings to evaluate kidney function.  

PCL Alverno October 2017 Test Bulletin
10/10/2017 2:18:06 PM

Dear Healthcare Provider,

The October 2017 Test Bulletin is now available. 

The bulletin includes an announcement that oral fluid drug testing has been transitioned to Cordant Health Solutions™ 
For details on the oral fluid drug test panel, please see our collection manual.

New Reference Range CA 15-3:  ≤ 23.5 U/mL
Beckman Coulter has completed their evaluation of the upper reference limit (URL) for the CA 15-3 assay on their DxI Analyzers.  The previous URL was <31.3.  The new URL will improve the sensitivity for patients in non-remission. The new reference range will be in effect October 2, 2017.

Routine Coagulation Reporting Changes
 
Further improvements to positive blood culture organism identification coming this Fall!

If you receive your results via fax or through the USPS mail, your result format will change.  Take a look here to see what to expect.  Report formats in your EMR, IHIE reports, Epic, CareEvolve and Atlas, etc. will not be changing.  


            Wishing you a safe and happy Autumn!Wishing You a Safe and Happy Autumn

PCL Alverno September 2017 Test Bulletin
9/12/2017 1:43:18 PM

Dear Healthcare Provider,

The September 2017 test bulletin is ready for your review.

T-SPOT
This testing will become available this month and can be used to screen at risk groups or as an aid in diagnosis of active TB disease.  

ANTI-XA Assay
This assay can be utilized to provide clinicians with a heparin drug level to assist with monitoring patient dosages. 

5th Generation HIV Testing
Please review the information related to the platform upgrade related to HIV testing. 

Thank you for your continued support!
Your PCL Alverno Team


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PCL Alverno July 2017 Test Bulletin
7/11/2017 12:13:51 PM

Dear Healthcare Provider,

The July 2017 Test Bulletin is complete. 

Page 1 includes an update on specimen collection for all serum electrophoresis testing.  Plese note that PCL Alverno will only accept primary tubes for serum electrophoresis testing. See the update for test names and volume requirements.

Page 2 gives detailed information on H. pylori testing, including information on the antigen stool testing performed at PCL Alverno. 

Wishing you a safe and happy summer,
Your PCL Alverno Team

PCL Alverno June 2017 Test Bulletin
6/5/2017 5:08:53 PM

Dear Healthcare Provider,
Our June 2017 Test Bulletin is ready for your review. 

Page one includes a reminder that the Medicare Advance Beneficiary Notice (ABN) will change effective June 21, 2017.  Be sure to discard your old copies and upload or print new versions for your practice. It also includes a short list of FAQs related to blood lead testing. 

Indiana Medicare has issued a non-coverage update related to thrombophilia testing.  If you order such testing on Indiana Medicare patients, be sure to review  page 2.

Your PCL Alverno team wishes you a wonderful day!