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September 2013

Q & A, 9/13

September 2013—Our clinicians are asking about testing for IgG4-related disease. What role does IgG4 immunohistochemical staining play? IgG4-related disease is a recently recognized fibroinflammatory condition that may affect a wide variety of organ systems, producing mass lesions and generally responding to immunosuppressive therapy. The pancreas, salivary/lacrimal glands, and kidney are frequently affected, but almost any tissue may be involved, including aorta, pleura, retroperitoneum, and lymph nodes.

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Anatomic Pathology Selected Abstracts, 9/13

September 2013—Quantification of the Ki67 proliferative index in neuroendocrine tumors of the gastroenteropancreatic system; Clinicopathologic and immunohistochemical study of intrapulmonary SFTs; Papillary mucinous metaplasia of the endometrium as a precursor of endometrial mucinous adenocarcinoma; Expression of miRNAs and PTEN in endometrial specimens; Molecular investigation of lymph nodes in colon cancer patients using OSNA; Thymidylate synthase expression and molecular alterations in adenosquamous carcinoma of the lung; Microdensitometry of osteopontin as a prognostic biomarker in colorectal carcinoma tissue microarrays; Evaluation of pathological and molecular features in clinically aggressive dermatofibromas; Interobserver agreement in the reporting of colorectal polyp pathology by bowel cancer screening pathologists

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MOC:PQRS incentive: what it is, how to earn it

September 2013—The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has approved the American Board of Pathology for participation in the MOC:PQRS Additional Incentive Program. This approval allows ABP diplomates who are participating successfully in the PQRS incentive program to earn an additional 0.5 percent incentive payment on the total Medicare part B allowed charges for participating in MOC:PQRS in 2013.

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Put It on the Board, 9/13

September 2013—FDA clears Vitek MS: BioMérieux has been granted FDA 510(k) de novo clearance for Vitek MS, the first clinical mass spectrometry MALDI-TOF-based system available in the U.S. for rapid identification of disease-causing bacteria and yeast. To gain FDA clearance, BioMérieux submitted data from a multi-center study consisting of 7,068 clinical isolates.

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