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Review of CMS Actions related to Billing for Molecular Pathology Testing

By Margaret A. Keller, PhD, Senior Director, National Molecular Laboratory, American Red Cross Biomedical Services The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Laboratory Date of Service (DOS) exception Policy at 42 CFR 414.510(b)(5) requires laboratories performing Advanced Diagnostic Laboratory Testing (ADLT) and molecular pathology testing on outpatients covered by Medicare discharged within the prior […]

Utility of temperature-sensitive indicators for temperature monitoring of red-blood-cell units

Mikyoung Park, Mina Hur, Ahram Yi, Hanah Kim, Hyun Kyung Lee, Eun Young Jeon, Kyung-Mi Oh, and Mark Hong Lee. Vox Sanguinis 2019; 114; 487-494. Reviewed by Mary Berg, MD There has been much debate about the ‘30-minute-rule’ with regard to the transport and storage of red blood cell (RBC) units.  The authors of this […]

Meet this month’s Trendsetter – Alice Chen

Q:  Tell us a little bit about your practice and current position.     A:  I am in a pathology group, Gulf Coast Pathology Associates, which provides Transfusion Medicine Consultative Services that are somewhat beyond the usual. The beginning of our service can be traced back to the 1970’s at the Texas Heart Institute in the Texas […]

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2020/2021 Service Year Slate of Nominees

The Nominating Committee of the South Central Association of Blood Banks, respectfully submits the following slate of nominees for open positions for the 2020/2021 Board of Directors: 

President Elect Mary Berg, MD
University of Colorado, Denver
Vice President Alice Chen, MD
Gulf Coast Pathology Associates
Secretary Tiffany Wafford
District Director I (Texas) Belinda Flores,
South Texas Blood & Tissue Center
District Director III (AZ, LA, MS) Rick Chatelain
The Blood Center | New Orleans
District Director at Large Lindsey Peters
Mississippi Valley Blood Center 


 The following Officers and Directors will continue to serve, completing their current terms:

President:                                                       Stephanie Duplessis, OneBlood, Inc.
Immediate Past President:                             Dr. Barbara Bryant
District II:                                                        Barbara Ledford, OK Blood Institute
District IV:                                                       Nancy Benetiz, OneBlood, Inc.
Treasurer:                                                       Fran Carson, Carter BloodCare

The Bylaws Committee of South Central Association of Blood Banks has no revisions to the Bylaws to put before the Voting Delegates at this time.



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