January 2019 Test Bulletin

January 17, 2019

Effective January 21, 2019, the Soft code for the PSA Screening test has changed to PSAS to distinguish it from the Free PSA test. Alverno Laboratories has undergone a name change to Alverno Laboratories, aiming for easier recognition. Additionally, starting January 3, 2019, a two-step algorithm for C. difficile testing will be adopted, following 2018 IDSA and SHEA guidelines, with an initial rapid EIA assay followed by PCR confirmation if necessary. Finally, starting February 5, 2019, an NT proBNP assay will be available for monitoring congestive heart failure patients, particularly those on Entrestoâ„¢, with detailed reference ranges and specimen requirements provided.