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Bony Pathology: A Technologist Perspective [0]
Course sponsor: Medical Technology Management Institute
Skeletal radiography still makes up a major portion of medical imaging, principally due to its superior spatial resolution. In this webinar, we will analyze bone radiographic images of various body parts using a series of 12 radiographic factors commonly employed by radiologists. Features such as the bony cortex, trabeculae, and periosteum will be studied, as well as bone fractures and neoplasms. A consistent theme in this session will be role the radiographer plays in optimizing image quality in order to visualize bony pathologies.   Contact hours - 3.00
December 10, 2019; 06:00 PM, UTC -06:00
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Evidence-Based Technology to Reduce Blood Culture Contamination, Improve Patient Care and Reduce Costs in Your Clinical Lab or Hospital [0]
Course sponsor: The Dark Report
Problem: As a direct result of contamination of blood specimens at the time of collection, due to touch point contamination and other factors that cannot be eliminated by conventional skin antisepsis, 35%-50% of positive blood culture results indicating sepsis are actually false positive. These false positive results confound the clinical decisions regarding antibiotic therapy, including selection and de-escalation of broad-spectrum antibiotic treatment. Impact: This significant issue resonates throughout all clinical laboratories and hospitals, with typical interventions such as ongoing training and education showing only modest and unsustainable reduction in contamination rates. What’s more, patients are often treated with unnecessary antibiotics, carrying attendant risks of secondary infection such as C. difficile, MDROs and other antibiotic-associated complications. This step alone adds unnecessary laboratory workflow burden and is estimated to result in millions of dollars of avoidable costs to labs and hospitals each year. As a laboratory leader, you need a superior understanding of the scale of the blood culture contamination problem. Though some still think that the 3% national benchmark for blood culture contamination is sufficient for patients and their care providers, this webinar will demonstrate why this is not the case, discuss the profound impact that blood culture contamination has on patient care and lab costs, and present best practices and evidence-based solutions to efficiently and effectively impact this serious issue!   Contact hours - 1.00
July 23, 2019; 01:00 PM, UTC -12:00
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Ex Vivo Microscopy (EVM) Systems: Functional Requirements and CAP Checklist Compliance [0]
Course sponsor: College of American Pathologists (CAP)
In vivo microscopy (IVM) systems utilize imaging technologies such as confocal microscopy, optical coherence tomography, and multiphoton microscopy to provide real-time tissue or cellular level details. It is possible to adapt these systems for use in the Anatomic Pathology laboratory (ex vivo microscopy) while still meeting CAP Anatomic Pathology checklist requirements. Doing so also enables application with real-time results for histologic evaluation of specimens for margins, assessment of tissue adequacy for diagnosis, and selection of tissue for molecular studies or biorepository. Objectives: 1. Discuss possible applications of IVM systems in the Anatomic Pathology laboratory 2. Discuss the approach to developing functional requirements for selected EVM applications 3. Understand the CAP checklist items that apply to the use of EVM technologies   Contact hours - 1.00
July 30, 2019; 12:00 PM, UTC -04:00
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HALO® in the Cloud [0]
Course sponsor: Indica Labs
Cloud computing has transformed the landscape of computing infrastructure. Many of the most popular websites and applications have embraced this technology to leverage highly available and performant environments while simultaneously controlling costs and adapting to ever-changing demand. Tailored for both IT professionals and those interested in an alternative to traditional on-premise deployment, in this 30-minute webinar we will discuss the following points: • Introduction to cloud computing • Benefits and considerations of cloud deployment vs. traditional bare metal • Available options with popular providers • Recommended configurations and a live demonstration of HALO®/HALO Link® on AWS Who should attend? This webinar is highly recommended for scientists, pathologists and information technology specialists with an interest in learning about- - Different Cloud Environments Available for Digital Pathology - Advantages and Disadvantages of Cloud and Local Deployments - Moving an Existing HALO and/or HALO Link from Local Server to Cloud   Contact hours - 1.00
August 14, 2019; 08:00 AM, UTC -07:00
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Histopathology and The CSI Effect [0]
Course sponsor: National Society for Histotechnology (NSH)
This webinar will discuss the history of forensic science and how it relates to the autopsy. We will also discuss the role of the autopsy in pop culture. Lastly, we will analyze the role of popular culture in the American legal and death investigation system.   Contact hours - 1.00
October 23, 2019; 01:00 PM, UTC -04:00
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Proposed Changes to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule and Quality Payment Program: What You Need to Know to Protect Your Lab’s Revenue and Preserve Profitability [0]
Course sponsor: The Dark Report
Among the most hotly anticipated announcements in the laboratory industry come every July, when the CMS releases its proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule. The projected rules update rates and policies applicable to Medicare physicians and other professionals under Medicare, and also include updates to Medicare rates and policies under Part B—as well as to the Quality Payment Program, which implements the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS) and Alternative Payment Models (APMs). What do the just-announced proposed changes mean in terms of impact to your lab or pathology practice? This 90-minute webinar, including an interactive Q&A session, will provide the answers! You’ll come away with a keen understanding of how CMS is adjusting payments for particular services, as well as insights on both how your revenue may be impacted in the immediate future, and what changes you can make to best survive in this new environment—including a sample revenue projection illustrating how lab revenue can potentially be affected by the proposed changes to the MPFS. You’ll also learn, as we look forward to year four of the QPP/MIPS program, how to fully prepare your lab for CMS to “remove the training wheels” and increase the overall reporting requirements necessary to avoid a Medicare payment penalty for poor performance. Attend and understand the specific steps that will be required in order to remain compliant with the QPP/MIPS program and avoid the potential 9% percent penalty to your revenue.   Contact hours - 1.00
July 25, 2019; 01:00 PM, UTC -04:00
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Stereotactic Breast Biopsy [0]
Course sponsor: Medical Technology Management Institute
Stereotactic breast biopsy is used to obtain pathologic information from mammographic areas of suspicion. When a mass, microcalcifications, or area of abnormal tissue change exist, stereotactic breast biopsy offers a minimally invasive alternative to open surgical biopsy, often before a mass develops. This webinar offers the attendee the opportunity to learn the basics, as well as the tricks of the trade from an experienced technologist and supervisor. MTMI believes this education will bridge gaps in training, so that intelligent performance becomes your daily mode of operation in your imaging centers. Critical thinking becomes possible once attendees develop an understanding why and how this procedure is done. In addition to covering quality assurance and patient documentation, the seminar reviews the ACR accreditation requirements, and fulfills the credits required for accreditation.   Contact hours - 8.00
September 14, 2019; 08:30 AM, UTC -05:00
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Stereotactic Breast Biopsy [0]
Course sponsor: Medical Technology Management Institute
Stereotactic breast biopsy is used to obtain pathologic information from mammographic areas of suspicion. When a mass, microcalcifications, or area of abnormal tissue change exist, stereotactic breast biopsy offers a minimally invasive alternative to open surgical biopsy, often before a mass develops. This webinar offers the attendee the opportunity to learn the basics, as well as the tricks of the trade from an experienced technologist and supervisor. MTMI believes this education will bridge gaps in training, so that intelligent performance becomes your daily mode of operation in your imaging centers. Critical thinking becomes possible once attendees develop an understanding why and how this procedure is done. In addition to covering quality assurance and patient documentation, the seminar reviews the ACR accreditation requirements, and fulfills the credits required for accreditation.   Contact hours - 8.00
November 09, 2019; 08:00 AM, UTC -06:00
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Storage of Blood Products Outside the Blood Bank: Where? When? Why? and How? [0]
Course sponsor: American Association of Blood Banks (AABB)
Learning Objectives After participating in this educational activity, participants should be able to: Review how temperature monitoring differs when blood is transported vs. stored outside of the hospital blood bank. Describe options for in-hospital storage of blood products outside of the hospital blood bank. Identify challenges with establishing storage of blood products outside of the hospital setting to support air and ground ambulance. Program Description In this program, the speakers will discuss the challenges and solutions associated with storage of blood components outside of the hospital blood bank. Storage of blood within the emergency room and operating rooms will be covered along with storage of blood outside of the hospital setting including in air and ground ambulance.   Contact hours - 1.00
August 28, 2019; 02:00 PM, UTC -04:00
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