Notifications Archive - CHI Health, Omaha, Nebraska (NE)


Reference Lab Changing to PAML 
June 16, 2014

Effective Monday, June 23rd, 2014, Alegent Creighton Laboratory (ACL) will change our reference laboratory to Pathology Associates Medical Laboratories (PAML) in Spokane, WA. Reference lab is defined as the lab that performs testing that ACL does not perform. Some testing requirements may change, so please refer to the test directory located on AlegentCreighton.com for specimen requirements. Note that the barcode labels that print in your clinic will have "Send Out" printed on them for your send out specimens.


Beta hCG Tumor Marker Testing 
June 16, 2014

Beta hCG tumor markers will be performed at PAML so providers who would like to re-baseline their patients may do so. Re-baselining would be performed by evaluating two samples collected together to reestablish a baseline on two data points with the new methodology. In order to facilitate the re-baselining transition, a second tumor marker assay will be performed by the new method at no charge, Please contact Customer Service at 402-717-5227 to obtain the proper form to fill out and return with patient specimens. All re-baselining needs to be completed by October 1. 2014.


Alegent Creighton Laboratory Is a "Preferred Provider"
for Patients with United Healthcare Coverage
June 2, 2014

A national lab has been calling on Alegent Creighton Clinics and independent providers communicating that the Alegent Creighton Laboratory is not a "Preferred Provider" for patients that are currently covered by United Healthcare.

The Alegent Creighton Laboratory is listed as "Preferred Providers" by United Healthcare. Coverage benefits are maximized based on the agreement with Alegent Creighton Health and UniNet.

Alegent Creighton Laboratory provides locally -tested, quality laboratory results that are integrated within the Alegent Creighton Health electronic health record to provide a continuum of care for our patients. Please contact Alegent Creighton Laboratory at 402-717-5227 with any questions.


Volatiles testing no longer available at ACL 
May 6, 2014

Effective immediately, testing for volitaile chemicals, such as Ethylene Glycol, Methanol, and Isopropanol will no longer be offered.


Temperature Changes for the Specimen Storage and Transport of PT/INR and PTT
May 1, 2014

Blue top tubes (Na Citrate) for PT/INR and PTT testing must be stored and transported at room temperature.

Recommendations have changed for coagulation tests (PT / INR and PTT) as it has now been shown that coagulation Factors V and VIII are better preserved at room temperature, and the patient will get more accurate results.•


Quad Screen Analysis Upgrade
February 3, 2014

The Quad Screen analysis program upgrade for second trimester prenatal screening provides a number of important enhancements to ensure more accurate results.


Courier Request Option
January 20, 2014  


To help improve phone wait times, Alegent Creighton Laboratory has added an option to the Client Service Phone line dedicated to
courier requests.


Cobas PCR Media-Potential Tube Leakage
January 20, 2014  

Effective immediately, Alegent Creighton Laboratory has received notification from the manufacturer of Cobas PCR Urine sample kits that there is a defect and a potential for tube leakage.


Hepatitis C Virus RNA Qualitative PCR
January 16, 2014

Effective immediately, there is a critical change for the collection and submission of specimens for Hepatitis C Virus RNA Qualitative PCR test performed at ARUP. 

Tumor Markers Standardization
October 1, 2013

As we continue the integration of Alegent Health Laboratory and Creighton Medical Laboratories; Effective October 1, 2013, we will standardize the methodologies used to perform Tumor Marker testing.  Please note the changes outlined in the letter from Drs. Patrick Bogard and Poonam Sharma.


Lab Alert Notification - Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae
August 23, 2013 

Positive samples for Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeae will no longer be called to the provider.


Letter from Drs. Zanone and Bogard regarding Interface Issues
August 19, 2013
 

Many interface issues have been identified and corrected between the laboratory and the various EHR systems. 


Consolidation Announcement
July 1, 2013

On Monday, July 1, 2013, Alegent Health Laboratory (AHL) and the Creighton Medical Laboratories (CML) consolidated operations, forming Alegent Creighton Laboratory (ACL). This consolidation will continue to provide you the same testing selection with the same process.