OPTIMIZING TESTING

IDWeek Tackles Improved Ordering Strategies

IDWeek, the combined annual meeting of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, the Society for Healthcare Epidemiology of America, the HIV Medicine Association, and the Pediatric Infectious … [Read more...]

OPTIMIZING TESTING

New Strategies Seek to Expand Genetic Counseling Capacity, Remove Workforce Constraints on Testing

Geneticists and genetic counselors are in short supply. The shortage has even been a bottleneck for expanded clinical use of large molecular panels and whole-exome sequencing, which require patient … [Read more...]

TOP OF THE NEWS

Newly Proposed PAMA Rates for 2018 Confirm Lab Industry’s Worst Fears

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS') preliminary 2018 prices for clinical laboratory tests issued under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) came as a big disappointment to … [Read more...]

REGULATORY

FDA Considering Self-Collection Sample Regulation

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may be considering selfcollection of samples for cervical cancer screening. The agency is seeking guidance on the evaluation of cervical sample … [Read more...]

REGULATORY

FDA Medical Device User Fees Rise as Part of Reauthorization

On Oct. 1, the new 2018 U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) user fees go into effect. Diagnostics manufacturers will notice increased medical device user fees, including a doubling of 510(k) … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

New Evidence Shows Genotype-Guided Warfarin Dosing Beneficial

Genotype-guided warfarin dosing reduced a combination of adverse events, compared to clinically guided dosing among older patients treated with warfarin before elective hip or knee arthroplasty, … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

PAMA Implementation: PLA Codes for Advanced Dx Tests Are Off to a Flying Start

PAMA implementation is so sweeping that it requires a shift in not just payment paradigm but also CPT codes. This has served as the impetus for development of a new class of codes known as … [Read more...]

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employment Law Update: The Weinstein Edition

By Mike O'Brien  bio Harvey Weinstein all over our news feeds Your news feed, like mine, has exploded with references to someone named Harvey Weinstein for the past few weeks. What's up? … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Supreme Court May Take on Its First Health Care Data Breach Case

In a case to watch, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield will ask the U.S. Supreme Court to consider its first health care data breach case. CareFirst is arguing that the case presents a "substantial … [Read more...]

DATA

Unlocking Value in Laboratory Data

A recurring theme at G2's 35th annual Lab Institute conference (Washington D.C.; Oct. 25-27) was the central role laboratory data can play in the health care system's shift to value-based care. This … [Read more...]


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