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Newswise: Labs Still Do Not Have Supplies for COVID-19 Testing, AACC Survey Finds
Released: 28-Jul-2020 12:45 PM EDT
Labs Still Do Not Have Supplies for COVID-19 Testing, AACC Survey Finds
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

A new survey of U.S. clinical laboratories conducted by AACC has found that nearly half of all responding labs still do not have the supplies they need to run COVID-19 tests. AACC presented these findings to the White House Coronavirus Task Force today in a letter that calls on the federal government to take a more active role in alleviating this problem, so that labs can increase their testing capacity in the midst of the virus’s latest surge.

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Released: 28-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
How Do Serology Tests Work for Covid-19?
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Dr. Grenache addresses the growing push for COVID-19 antibody testing, bringing much-needed clarity to the question of what these tests can—and can’t—do.

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Released: 27-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Antibodies and COVID-19: Explained
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC President-Elect Dr. David Grenache discusses what we know so far about the body’s immune response to COVID-19, and why the presence of antibodies to the novel coronavirus doesn’t yet tell us whether or not a person is immune.

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Released: 24-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
What Is PCR Testing for Covid-19?
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Dr. Wiley gives an overview of PCR testing, which is the most common type of test for COVID-19 and the one that patients are currently most likely to encounter.

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Released: 23-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Are Antigens the Answer to Coronavirus Testing?
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Now that lab experts are developing COVID-19 antigen tests, Dr. Wiley explains how these tests work.

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Released: 22-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Why Is It So Hard to Get Tested for Covid-19?
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Dr. Wiley sheds light on why testing capacity remains frustratingly limited, explaining that shortages of crucial supplies are a significant obstacle to widespread testing—and what the federal government can do to remedy this issue.

Released: 21-Jul-2020 7:20 PM EDT
AACC Is Honored to Participate in a New Federal Initiative to Improve COVID-19 Testing Across the U.S.
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

We at AACC would like to thank Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Brett P. Giroir, MD, for his leadership in establishing the National Testing Implementation Forum to address the persistent challenges that the U.S. is facing with COVID-19 testing and for inviting us to participate in this initiative.

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Released: 21-Jul-2020 9:00 AM EDT
Getting Tested for Covid-19 After Protesting
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Medical experts support the ongoing protests against racist police killings and brutality, but experts do also worry these protests could increase coronavirus spread.

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Released: 20-Jul-2020 9:45 AM EDT
How Would Pooled Testing Work for Covid-19?
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

As supply shortages continue to hamper COVID-19 testing, AACC President Dr. Carmen Wiley explains how pooled testing could enable clinical labs to process more tests while saving the materials needed to run them.

Released: 30-Jun-2020 2:05 PM EDT
The Impact Factor of AACC’s Clinical Chemistry Journal Increases to 7.292
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce that the impact factor of its journal, Clinical Chemistry, has risen to 7.292 in the 2019 Clarivate Analytics Journal Citation Reports. This impact factor places Clinical Chemistry in the top 4.2% of 12,838 ranked academic journals and speaks to the significant influence of the science it publishes on laboratory medicine and patient care.

Released: 25-Jun-2020 6:15 PM EDT
To Prepare the U.S. for Future Pandemics, AACC Calls on Congress to Enact 4 Recommendations
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

In response to the Senate health committee’s white paper on preparing for future pandemics, AACC sent a letter to committee leadership detailing four key steps the government should take to ready the U.S. for the next outbreak. AACC urges the health committee to address these recommendations in future pandemic legislation, as they are crucial to preventing another public health crisis like the one COVID-19 has caused.

Released: 15-Jun-2020 4:00 PM EDT
AACC Elects New Leaders to Serve Terms Starting in August 2020
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce that Stephen R. Master, MD, PhD, FAACC, has been elected to serve on the AACC Board of Directors as president-elect starting in August 2020.

Newswise: AACC Welcomes Mark J. Golden as CEO
Released: 12-Jun-2020 12:45 PM EDT
AACC Welcomes Mark J. Golden as CEO
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce that its Board of Directors has appointed Mark J. Golden as CEO effective August 17.

Released: 8-Jun-2020 2:00 PM EDT
AACC Launches a New Competition to Support Innovative Research in Diagnostic Testing
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce a new competition that will support cutting-edge research that could significantly improve diagnostic testing and patient care. Winners of the competition will each receive a sample set from AACC’s Universal Sample Bank, which includes blood samples from hundreds of healthy individuals that were collected to aid medical studies.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 4:25 PM EDT
AACC Releases Guidance Document on Using Point-of-Care Tests to Improve Patient Care
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC has issued a new guidance document detailing best practices that hospitals and other healthcare institutions should follow when running a point-of-care testing program. As point-of-care tests emerge for more and more conditions—including COVID-19—the guidance emphasizes that it is essential for laboratory professionals and clinicians to collaborate on point-of-care testing programs to ensure this testing benefits patients.

Released: 4-Jun-2020 2:30 PM EDT
AACC Statement for Racial Equality
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Laboratory professionals cannot be mute bystanders to inequality. Our legacy is one of service and AACC calls upon our community to be part of the dialogue to promote racial equality.

Released: 27-May-2020 5:30 PM EDT
To Prevent a Second Wave of COVID-19, AACC Calls on Senate to Include 5 Recommendations in Upcoming Coronavirus Bill
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Now that the latest coronavirus relief package, known as the Heroes Act, has moved forward to the U.S. Senate, AACC has sent a letter to Senate leadership outlining five key recommendations that will improve COVID-19 testing capacity across the U.S. AACC urges the Senate to ensure these recommendations are addressed within the Heroes Act, as they are critical to preventing a second wave of the pandemic.

Released: 18-May-2020 3:15 PM EDT
AACC Issues Recommendations on the Use of COVID-19 Antibody Tests
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

To ensure the proper use of antibody testing for the novel coronavirus, AACC today issued a public statement detailing the role these tests should play in the management of COVID-19 patients and in the development of public health policy. In particular, the organization emphasizes that healthcare professionals and policymakers should work closely with laboratory experts on antibody testing to ensure that these tests are validated, used appropriately, and interpreted correctly.

Released: 14-May-2020 9:45 AM EDT
Not All FDA-Authorized COVID-19 Antibody Tests Are Equally Reliable
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

A first-of-its-kind study published today in AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal compared the performance of two COVID-19 antibody tests and found that—even though both tests are FDA authorized—one produced more incorrect results than the other. These findings could help healthcare professionals and researchers to better select antibody tests, which are essential to both treating COVID-19 patients and determining the full extent of the outbreak.

Released: 30-Apr-2020 5:45 PM EDT
The Nation Needs More Evidence Before Relying on Home Test Collection Kits for COVID-19
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

With the first home collection test kit for COVID-19 now authorized by the FDA, AACC is warning that more evidence is needed before the country can rely on home-based kits.

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Released: 29-Apr-2020 9:40 AM EDT
AACC Launches Free Video Series to Help Explain COVID-19 Testing
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

To address some of the confusion surrounding COVID-19 testing, AACC today launched a video series in which leading laboratory experts answer common questions about tests for the pandemic. From persistent supply shortages to the emergence of antibody tests, these videos quickly answer the questions that patients and the general public have been asking.

Released: 28-Apr-2020 3:10 PM EDT
Lab Experts Can Fill Gaps in FDA Regulation by Validating COVID-19 Antibody Tests
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Now that diagnostic companies can sell COVID-19 antibody tests without FDA authorization, healthcare teams should work closely with clinical laboratory experts to ensure that these tests are thoroughly validated and used appropriately. A new opinion piece in AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal emphasizes that this is critical to minimizing the risk of inaccurate results from these tests, which could have potentially life-threatening consequences.

Released: 23-Apr-2020 6:25 PM EDT
AACC Commends Congress for Including Funding for Testing Improvements in the Latest Coronavirus Relief Package
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC commends Congress for responding to the concerns of the clinical laboratory community and including $25 billion in the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act that is broadly marked for expanding the nation’s coronavirus testing capacity.

Released: 22-Apr-2020 4:05 PM EDT
AACC Announces 2020 Award Winners; Celebrates Achievements in Laboratory Medicine
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2020 AACC and AACC Academy Awards. Through this annual awards program, AACC and its academy recognize individuals worldwide for exceptional research and service in the field of laboratory medicine, and strive to raise awareness that clinical laboratory testing is vital to quality patient care.

Released: 17-Apr-2020 2:05 PM EDT
The Federal Government Must Act on Supply Chains to Enable COVID-19 Testing in High Volumes
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

With shortages of test components and swabs, labs still face huge obstacles to COVID-19 testing. With new White House guidelines reliant on more testing, AACC is urging the administration to find and coordinate resources so lab experts can do their jobs.

Released: 14-Apr-2020 11:50 AM EDT
The Need for FDA to Regulate Poorly Performing Commercial COVID-19 Tests Should Not Hinder Laboratory-Developed Tests
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

In the wake of FDA's decision to loosen its emergency use authorization criteria for COVID-19 tests, reports have now been surfacing about unreliable commercial COVID-19 serological tests. While this is a major concern, AACC wants to emphasize that these problematic commercial tests are not the same as laboratory-developed tests--and that we still strongly support FDA's decision to step back from regulating lab-developed tests for COVID-19.

Released: 7-Apr-2020 3:55 PM EDT
Novel Research in AACC’s Clinical Chemistry Journal Shows That Vitamin D Supplements Do Not Prevent Osteoporotic Fractures
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

A first-of-its-kind study published in AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal has found that low vitamin D levels alone do not cause osteoporotic fractures. This research could resolve the longstanding debate over whether vitamin D supplements prevent these fractures, and indicates that members of the general population should not rely on vitamin D by itself for this purpose.

Released: 6-Apr-2020 4:20 PM EDT
AACC Reschedules 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo to December to Ensure a Healthy and Safe Meeting Experience for Attendees
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC is pleased to announce that the organization will be able to preserve the complete 2020 AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo experience for its attendees by moving the meeting to December 13-17, 2020. After carefully monitoring the ongoing global crisis caused by the COVID-19 outbreak, the association’s leadership determined that rescheduling is the best way to safeguard the health of meeting attendees, partners, and staff, which is AACC’s number one priority.

Released: 26-Mar-2020 10:40 AM EDT
AACC Applauds the Senate for Updating Its Legislation to Ensure that All Patients Have Access to COVID-19 Testing
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC applauds the U.S. Senate for responding to the concerns of the clinical laboratory community and revising the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to ensure that it provides insurance coverage for all COVID-19 tests, regardless of whether or not they are performed under an FDA emergency use authorization (EUA).

Released: 24-Mar-2020 11:30 AM EDT
When Mothers Receive Fentanyl Epidurals During Labor, the Fentanyl Gets Passed on to Their Babies
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Breaking research in AACC’s The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine shows that the fentanyl in epidurals can pass on to babies during labor. While the infants in this study did not experience adverse effects from this fentanyl transfer, this information is crucial to ensuring that new mothers don’t get falsely accused of fentanyl abuse, which can have dire social repercussions for mother and child.

Released: 19-Mar-2020 3:00 PM EDT
AACC Launches Directory of U.S. Labs That Are Performing COVID-19 Testing
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

To facilitate rapid identification of COVID-19 cases, AACC has launched a directory of U.S. clinical laboratories that are, or will be, performing testing for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. This directory is designed to help healthcare providers quickly find laboratories that can diagnose patients suspected to have COVID-19.

Released: 17-Mar-2020 4:30 PM EDT
AACC Urges Congress to Ensure That All COVID-19 Tests Are Covered by Insurance Now That FDA Has Released Guidance That Will Expand Testing Access
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

On March 16, FDA updated its guidance on COVID-19 testing to allow clinical labs to create and perform COVID-19 tests without pursuing FDA emergency use authorization (EUA). AACC commends this decision, which will help speed the expansion of COVID-19 testing at this crucial time. However, the association remains concerned that the Families First Coronavirus Response Act does not provide coverage for COVID-19 tests unless the tests are performed under an EUA. AACC urges Congress to rectify this problem before passing the bill so that all patients will have access to coronavirus testing.

Released: 16-Mar-2020 8:30 AM EDT
Families First Coronavirus Response Act Would Prohibit Insurers from Paying for Some COVID-19 Tests
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC greatly values the work that the U.S. House of Representatives has done to support American families in the midst of the coronavirus outbreak and is supportive of the goals of H.R. 6201, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. However, we are concerned that the language as currently drafted does not provide coverage for COVID-19 tests performed prior to those tests receiving Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) from the Food & Drug Administration (FDA).

Released: 6-Mar-2020 3:55 PM EST
New Legislation Would Jeopardize Patient Access to Medical Tests Across the Board by Restricting Policy that Removed Barriers to Coronavirus Testing
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

On March 5, U.S. House and Senate lawmakers introduced the VALID Act, which would give the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) new, expansive powers to regulate laboratory developed tests—tests that are already regulated by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and are subject to stringent personnel, quality control, and proficiency testing requirements. This bill promotes duplicative, costly federal regulations for clinical laboratories that will result in decreased patient access to essential medical tests. AACC urges Congress not to act on this bill until its impact on healthcare can be thoroughly evaluated.

Released: 2-Mar-2020 10:45 AM EST
AACC Statement on New FDA Guidance That Allows Certified Labs to Perform Coronavirus Testing
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC thanks the FDA for being responsive to the concerns of the clinical laboratory community and amending the coronavirus guidance to allow CMS-certified labs to develop and implement new tests for coronavirus prior to FDA approval.

Released: 28-Feb-2020 2:30 PM EST
As U.S. Struggles to Get Coronavirus Testing Up and Running, AACC Calls on FDA to Allow Clinical Labs to Develop Their Own Tests for the Virus
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

In a letter to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), AACC is urging the agency to allow clinical laboratories to develop coronavirus tests without going through FDA review. Lifting this regulatory requirement is key to ensuring that all patients have access to high-quality coronavirus testing and that healthcare workers have the tools they need to control the spread of this disease in the U.S.

Released: 31-Jan-2020 5:50 PM EST
Two New Rapid Coronavirus Tests Could Play Key Role in Efforts to Contain Growing Epidemic
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Breaking research in AACC’s Clinical Chemistry journal shows that two new tests accurately diagnose coronavirus infection in about 1 hour. These tests could play a critical role in halting this deadly outbreak by enabling healthcare workers to isolate and treat patients much faster than is currently possible.

Released: 15-Jan-2020 2:40 PM EST
AACC CEO Janet B. Kreizman to Retire in the Second Quarter of 2020
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC today announced that its CEO, Janet B. Kreizman, will retire in the second quarter of 2020. “For the past 7 years, Janet has been a strategic leader for the organization, strengthening the association’s position as the leading voice and hub for laboratory medicine professionals dedicated to advancing quality patient care and improved health outcomes,” said AACC President Dr. Carmen L. Wiley.

Released: 13-Jan-2020 12:15 PM EST
New AACC Guidance Document Outlines How Healthcare Professionals Can Prevent the Widespread Supplement Biotin From Interfering With Medical Tests
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Biotin’s upsurge in popularity has led to a parallel rise in incidents of this health supplement interfering with critical medical tests. A new guidance document from AACC urges clinicians and laboratory experts to collaborate to prevent this potentially harmful test interference, and to ensure that patients taking biotin receive high quality care.

Released: 6-Jan-2020 10:30 AM EST
New Blood Test Could Help Elderly Concussion Patients With Internal Head Bleeding to Get Diagnosed, Treated Faster
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Novel research shows that a blood test can differentiate elderly concussion patients with brain tissue damage from those without it. This finding, published in the special brain health collection of AACC’s The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine, could help ensure that elderly patients with severe concussions receive crucial treatment for their injuries.

Released: 6-Jan-2020 10:20 AM EST
Novel Research That Could Advance Testing, Treatment for Concussions Showcased in the January Issue of AACC’s The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

In a special brain health collection, AACC’s The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine highlights the innovative clinical tests that laboratory medicine experts are developing to improve care for concussions.

Released: 7-Nov-2019 4:20 PM EST
Breaking Research in AACC’s Clinical Chemistry Journal Debunks the Claim That Vitamin D and Fish Oil Supplements Reduce Inflammation
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

One of the many advertised benefits of vitamin D and fish oil supplements is that they reduce systemic inflammation, which in turn could help prevent certain chronic illnesses. However, a first-of-its-kind study published in AACC’s journal Clinical Chemistry has discovered that these two supplements do not actually reduce inflammation in healthy individuals, a finding that could help consumers make more informed choices about which supplements they decide to take.

Released: 30-Oct-2019 9:00 AM EDT
The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine Is Now Indexed in PubMed
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce that its peer-reviewed publication The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine has been accepted for indexing in PubMed, one of the largest and most respected databases of medical research in the world.

Released: 11-Oct-2019 10:00 AM EDT
AACC’s Journals, Clinical Chemistry and The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine, to Be Published through Oxford University Press
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC, a global scientific and medical professional organization dedicated to better health through laboratory medicine, is pleased to announce a publishing partnership with Oxford University Press for its peer-reviewed journals, Clinical Chemistry and The Journal of Applied Laboratory Medicine. Both journals will join Oxford University Press’s world-class science portfolio starting in January 2020. The partnership will increase researchers’ and healthcare practitioners’ access worldwide to the important science published in the journals.

Released: 2-Oct-2019 10:00 AM EDT
Briefing: Point-of-Care Testing—Bringing the Lab to the Patient
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

Point-of-care testing is transforming healthcare: this type of testing helps patients get diagnosed and treated faster, and also makes it easier for patients in remote areas to have access to medical testing. Join AACC and leading experts in laboratory medicine for a discussion about what lies ahead for point-of-care testing and what needs to happen so that all patients can benefit from quality testing of this kind.

Released: 8-Aug-2019 11:30 AM EDT
Expert Talks on Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing, Precision Medicine, and Breast Cancer Treatment Draw Nearly 20,000 Attendees to the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC welcomed thousands of medical professionals and healthcare leaders to the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo from August 4-8. The meeting featured pioneering advances in medical testing that will help patients get the right diagnoses and the care they need.

Released: 8-Aug-2019 11:30 AM EDT
Expert Talks on Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing, Precision Medicine, and Breast Cancer Treatment Draw Nearly 20,000 Attendees to the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting
American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC)

AACC welcomed thousands of medical professionals and healthcare leaders to the 71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting & Clinical Lab Expo from August 4-8. The meeting featured pioneering advances in medical testing that will help patients get the right diagnoses and the care they need.

Released: 8-Aug-2019 6:30 AM EDT
Precision Matters
71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Press Program

Samplla™, a family of specimen collection devices which are designed to provide ambient transportation for up to 21 days. Specimens applied to Samplla™ are immediately “dried and stabilized” within a local atmospheric condition using its Samplla Modified Atmosphere Packaging (sMAP), that provides an atmosphere separated from the ambient atmosphere and resistant to gas exchange – the result, stability. Samplla™ S device, the first product of this line of products was perfected to collect, transport and store bodily fluid specimens.

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Released: 7-Aug-2019 1:05 PM EDT
TriCore Reference Laboratories is recognized for distiction in the 2019 UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence Awards
71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Press Program

The UNIVANTS of Healthcare Excellence Award annually recognizes teams who collaborate across disciplines and transform healthcare delivery, and ultimately patient lives. the 2019 award recipients are outlined below.

Newswise: Beckman Coulter’s DxH 520 Hematology Analyzer receives Scientists’ Choice Award and Named Best New Clinical Product
Released: 7-Aug-2019 10:05 AM EDT
Beckman Coulter’s DxH 520 Hematology Analyzer receives Scientists’ Choice Award and Named Best New Clinical Product
71st AACC Annual Scientific Meeting Press Program

Beckman Coulter’s DxH 520 Hematology Analyzer receives Scientists’ Choice Award and Named Best New Clinical Product


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