Test Bulletins

ACL Laboratories continuously strives to provide the best laboratory services possible. Our Test Bulletins and Important Announcements include information regarding new test offerings, changes in test procedures, reference range changes, or modifications in specimen collection protocol and/or new specimen collection devices.

jan. 30, 2019

February 2019 Test Bulletin

ACL Laboratories Offers Comprehensive Drug Screen – Pain Management Profile 1 (Test Order Code QPNMG1) and deactivates Drug Abuse Panel – Drug Management (Test Order Code DMABUS) -- Pain Management Drug Panel (Test Order Code DRGPM2) -- Pain Management Drug Screen with Interpretation (Test Order Code DRUGPM) Read more

jan. 10, 2019

January 2019 Test Bulletin

ACL Laboratories Implements New Genetic Test Panel for Prenatal Carrier Screening -- Reference Laboratory Discontinues Test Order Codes JAK2R and REF801 -- Notification of Change: Cigna Coverage Policy for Molecular Microbe Testing -- ACL Laboratories Discontinues Treponema Pallidum Antibody, IgG by IFA (FTA-ABS), Serum (Test Order Code FTABR) Read more

dec. 03, 2018

December 2018 Test Bulletin

ACL Implements New Methodology for HSV 1 and 2 Qualitative Testing -- Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicaid Currently Following CMS NCD Guidelines for Medicaid Plan -- Swabone™ MYC/Ureaplasma Panel by PCR (Test Order Code SWOMU) replaces Ureaplasma & Mycoplasma Culture (Test Order Code MYURER) -- 2019 CPT Code Changes -- ACL Specimen Processing Changes Read more

nov. 06, 2018

November 2018 Test Bulletin

ACL Laboratories Revises General Requisition -- CHANGE: Urine Chemistry Storage, Stability, and Transport -- ACL Laboratories Adds Toxin EIA Testing to C. difficile Testing Algorithm -- NT proBNP, Frequently Asked Questions -- Digoxin Specimen Collection/Draw Time -- ACL Laboratories Offers New Quantitative Pain Management Drug Testing Panel Read more

oct. 03, 2018

October 2018 Test Bulletin

Save time, money, resources, and precious blood…by NOT collecting extra specimens “just in case” -- Addendum to Previously Published September 2018 Test Bulletin Article: Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (Test Order Code APTT) Reference Range Changes -- ACL Implements New Methodology for HIV-1 Viral Load Testing -- ACL Implements New Methodology for HCV ... Read more

aug. 28, 2018

September 2018 Test Bulletin

ALA Dehydratase, Whole Blood (Test Order Code ALADWB) -- Activated Partial Thromboplastin Time (Test Order Code APTT) Reference Range Changes -- Cyanide, Blood (Test Order Code CYANID) Read more

jul. 30, 2018

August 2018 Test Bulletin

Cyclospora Outbreak -- ACL Announces New Test NT proBNP (Test Order Code NTPBNP) -- Prenatal Maternal Serum Aneuploidy Screening Updates -- ACL Announces New Test, Testosterone Free and Total, Bioavailable & SHBG, Male (Test Order Code TSTFPB) -- Potential Sulfasalazine Interference with Routine Chemistry Tests -- ACL Laboratories Discontinues Campylobacter Antigen Test (Test Order Code CAMPAG ... Read more

jul. 09, 2018

July 2018 Test Bulletin

Quantiferon-TB Gold Plus, Blood (Test Order Code QUANTP) Test Update -- ACL Implements New Policy for Handling Specimens with Non-ACL Requisitions -- Specimen Identification and Labeling -- New Medicare Cards: Medicare Beneficiary ID (MBI) Final Reminders -- Change in Reporting for Clostridium difficile Toxin, PCR; C. difficile by DNA Amplification (Bay Area Medical Center ... Read more

jun. 15, 2018

June 2018 Test Bulletin

Quantiferon-TB Gold Plus, Blood (Test Order Code QUANTP) Test Update -- New Medicare Cards: Medicare Beneficiary ID (MBI) Final Reminders -- ACL Implements New Policy for Handling Specimens with Non-ACL Requisitions -- Specimen Identification and Labeling -- Bartonella PCR (Test Order Code BARPCR) -- 17 Hydroxypregnenolone (Test Order Code HPREG) -- JC Virus by PCR (Test ... Read more

may. 07, 2018

May 2018 Test Bulletin

ACL Laboratories Implements Changes to Specimen Collection Requirements for Women’s Health SwabOne™ Panels (Test Order Codes: SWOEXT, SWOPNL, SWOBV, SWOCN, and SWOMU) -- United Healthcare’s Revision to Laboratory Services Policy -- Prostate Specific Antigen, Total with Reflex to Free PSA -- ACL Laboratories Announces a New Test Order Code for Celiac ... Read more

apr. 17, 2018

April 2018 Test Bulletin

ACL Laboratories Implements Changes to Specimen Collection Requirements for Women’s Health SwabOne™ Panels (Test Order Codes: SWOEXT, SWOPNL, SWOBV, SWOCN, and SWOMU) -- Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Issuing New Medicare Beneficiary ID (MBI) -- Magnesium RBC (Test Order Code MAGRBC) -- Adenovirus DNA, Qualitative PCR (Test Order Code ADEPCR) -- PAI-1 ... Read more

mar. 19, 2018

March 2018 Test Bulletin

ACL Laboratories Implements Advanced Technology in Hematology Laboratory Testing -- ACL Laboratories Discontinues Performing Anaerobe Culture on Kidney Stone Specimens -- Myasthenia Gravis Reflex Testing Update -- ACL Laboratories Revises Humoral Immunity Panel -- Revised Parathyroid Hormone Assay -- Infliximab Testing Update -- ACL Laboratories Announces New Test – Neutrophil Oxidative Burst (Test Order Code NOXB) -- ACL ... Read more

feb. 20, 2018

February 2018 Test Bulletin

Revised Parathyroid Hormone Assay -- Update: United Healthcare (UHC) adding the Genetic and Molecular Lab Testing Notification/Prior Authorization Process -- Test Updates: C1q Complement Protein (COMC1Q); PTH Related Peptide (PTHPEP); Fungal Antibodies by CF, CSF (FABCSF); Neuron-Specific Enolase (NSE); and Vasoactive Intestinal Peptide (VIP) Read more

jan. 11, 2018

January 2018 Test Bulletin

New Reporting Format For Measles And Varicella Immunity Testing -- Re-standardization of Insulin (Test Order Code INSUFR) Testing -- Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis II Test Modification -- Revised Parathyroid Hormone Assay -- FibroMeter Liver Fibrosis Test Update -- ACL Laboratories Announces New Allergen Testing Minimum Specimen Requirements -- 2018 CPT Code Changes -- Potential Interference of High dose Biotin ... Read more

dec. 05, 2017

December 2017 Test Bulletin

ACL Laboratories Specimen Handling during Inclement Weather -- ACL Laboratories Announces New Drug Level Testing -- Change in Performing Laboratory -- ACL Laboratories Discontinues Three Culture Test Order Codes that include Gram Stains – Test Order Codes ENPCS, URCS and GCCS -- ACL Laboratories Implements New Test – Lung Cancer Fusion Panel by Next Gen Sequencing ... Read more

nov. 02, 2017

UHC Pre-Authorization

United Healthcare is requiring Pre-Authorization on Molecular and Genetic testing. Read more

oct. 30, 2017

November 2017 Test Bulletin

ACL Laboratories Introduces New Testing Menu – SwabOne™ – for Detection of Bacterial Vaginosis and Vaginitis -- Transport Temperature Changes for Cytomegalovirus Antibody Testing -- FibroMeter Liver Fibrosis Test Update -- Low Alkaline Phosphatase Results Read more

oct. 05, 2017

October 2017 Test Bulletin

ACL Laboratories Releases First In-House Assay Utilizing Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) -- ACL Laboratories Offers New Test Solid Tumor Mutation Panel 15 By Next Gen Sequencing (Test Order Code STMP15) -- ACL Laboratories Offers New Reflex Urine Electrophoresis Tests (Test Order Codes UPERRX and UPETRX 24) -- ACL Laboratories Offers New Test for ... Read more

sep. 08, 2017

Important Announcement -- Flow Cytometry -- WI Only

As described in the ACL Laboratories Directory of Services, the Flow Basic Panel (Test Order Code TXFBP) is not performed on blood specimens and instead, the specific disease-associated panel should be ordered. These other panels contain all the markers found in the Flow Basic Panel, plus additional markers that are ... Read more

sep. 08, 2017

Important Announcement -- Collection of Ascites and Peritoneal Fluid Specimens -- Hospitals Only

Current microbiology and Infectious Disease Society of America guidelines for collection and culture of ascites or peritoneal fluid indicate that it is acceptable to inoculate specimens at the bedside or within the laboratory provided the specimens are transported quickly. This is one of the few specimen types where direct inoculation ... Read more