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Clinical Test Bulletins

2024

June 2024 Test Bulliten

The June 2024 Test Bulletin from Alverno Laboratories includes several important updates. Quest will discontinue Streptococcus pneumoniae Antibody IgG tests for 12, 14, and 23 serotypes, as well as the Myoglobin, Urine test, effective May 28, 2024. Detailed information on the replacements is available on page 2. Additionally, guidelines for collecting STI specimens to minimize PCR reaction inhibitors are outlined on page 3. For Vitamin B1 (thiamine) testing, two distinct tests are offered with specific specimen requirements, both needing protection from light. Details are on page 4. Effective July 1, 2024, Herpes Simplex Virus (HSV) IgM antibody testing will be discontinued in accordance with CDC recommendations. Further information is provided on page 5.
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May 2024 Test Bulletin

The May 2024 Test Bulletin from Alverno Laboratories includes several important updates. The Extended Urine Drug Confirmation Panel has been updated, and detailed information is available on page 2. Alverno Laboratories is also excited to announce the launch of a new and improved website designed for ease of use and navigation, with features like a 'fast topic' menu, a 'super' menu dropdown for healthcare professionals, and an emergency alert section. Additionally, a new test for Prion Disease, 14-3-3 Protein, CSF, is now available in Soft Lab and Atlas LIS systems. At the same time, certain COVID-related tests will be discontinued, replaced by more specific tests for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. There is also an update to the reference range for Methylmalonic Acid testing effective June 24, 2024, and changes to acceptable specimen types for several tests, ensuring greater flexibility and accuracy in diagnostic procedures.
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April 2024 Test Bulletin

We have introduced new tests such as the Encephalitis Antibody Panel and the Comprehensive Chronic Urticaria Panel, while discontinuing certain offerings like the Fetal Fibronectin test, directing clinicians to local hospital resources instead. Additionally, updates include the transition of molecular testing for STIs to new platforms and the discontinuation of the JAK2 V617F Cascading Reflex test, replaced by a more comprehensive myeloproliferative neoplasms diagnostic panel.
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March 2024 Test Bulletin

Alverno's March 2024 Test Bulletin highlights crucial updates for healthcare providers. Included are new STI specimen collection guidelines, Quest test offerings, MIC breakpoints updates, and Hemoglobin A1C testing frequency adjustments. These updates aim to enhance testing efficiency and align with recent CMS coverage expansions for better patient care and management.
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February 2024 Test Bulletin

Alverno's February 2024 Test Bulletin delivers essential updates for healthcare providers. Included are enhancements to the Client Community interface, an automated process for Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Antibody testing, updates to Catecholamines Plasma testing, and discontinuation of certain Quest tests. Additionally, Alverno introduces Polymedco’s FIT, an automated CRC screening tool, aiming to increase screening rates via targeted patient outreach and partnerships with healthcare organizations like Ascension Health Medical Group and BCBS.
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January 2024 Test Bulletin

Alverno's January 2024 Test Bulletin provides crucial updates for healthcare providers. It announces the suspension of quantitative reporting for Midazolam and Doxepin metabolites, issues with the Platelet Antibody IgG test, discontinuation of certain Quest tests, transition of STI testing to the Abbott Alinity m platform, and updates to Quest specimen stability. These changes aim to ensure testing accuracy, improve specimen collection, and maintain quality standards for patient care.
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2024

May 2024 Test Bulletin

The May 2024 Test Bulletin from Alverno Laboratories includes several important updates. The Extended Urine Drug Confirmation Panel has been updated, and detailed information is available on page 2. Alverno Laboratories is also excited to announce the launch of a new and improved website designed for ease of use and navigation, with features like a 'fast topic' menu, a 'super' menu dropdown for healthcare professionals, and an emergency alert section. Additionally, a new test for Prion Disease, 14-3-3 Protein, CSF, is now available in Soft Lab and Atlas LIS systems. At the same time, certain COVID-related tests will be discontinued, replaced by more specific tests for SARS-CoV-2 antibodies. There is also an update to the reference range for Methylmalonic Acid testing effective June 24, 2024, and changes to acceptable specimen types for several tests, ensuring greater flexibility and accuracy in diagnostic procedures.
View Test Bulletin

April 2024 Test Bulletin

We have introduced new tests such as the Encephalitis Antibody Panel and the Comprehensive Chronic Urticaria Panel, while discontinuing certain offerings like the Fetal Fibronectin test, directing clinicians to local hospital resources instead. Additionally, updates include the transition of molecular testing for STIs to new platforms and the discontinuation of the JAK2 V617F Cascading Reflex test, replaced by a more comprehensive myeloproliferative neoplasms diagnostic panel.
View Test Bulletin

March 2024 Test Bulletin

Alverno's March 2024 Test Bulletin highlights crucial updates for healthcare providers. Included are new STI specimen collection guidelines, Quest test offerings, MIC breakpoints updates, and Hemoglobin A1C testing frequency adjustments. These updates aim to enhance testing efficiency and align with recent CMS coverage expansions for better patient care and management.
View Test Bulletin

February 2024 Test Bulletin

Alverno's February 2024 Test Bulletin delivers essential updates for healthcare providers. Included are enhancements to the Client Community interface, an automated process for Cyclic Citrullinated Peptide Antibody testing, updates to Catecholamines Plasma testing, and discontinuation of certain Quest tests. Additionally, Alverno introduces Polymedco’s FIT, an automated CRC screening tool, aiming to increase screening rates via targeted patient outreach and partnerships with healthcare organizations like Ascension Health Medical Group and BCBS.
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January 2024 Test Bulletin

Alverno's January 2024 Test Bulletin provides crucial updates for healthcare providers. It announces the suspension of quantitative reporting for Midazolam and Doxepin metabolites, issues with the Platelet Antibody IgG test, discontinuation of certain Quest tests, transition of STI testing to the Abbott Alinity m platform, and updates to Quest specimen stability. These changes aim to ensure testing accuracy, improve specimen collection, and maintain quality standards for patient care.
View Test Bulletin
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2020
2019

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