SPECIAL FOCUS

New Test Aids Lung Cancer Risk Assessment, But Survival Benefit of Comprehensive Sequencing Questioned

Lung cancer-related testing is receiving a lot of attention, but recent results appear to show mixed benefits for these emerging tests. There is an urgent need to improve lung cancer risk assessment, … [Read more...]

SPECIAL FOCUS

Cost Avoidance vs Cost Savings: What’s the Difference?

By Jennifer Dawson, MHA, DLM (ASCP)  bio As I work to spread awareness within the clinical laboratory community about the Cost of Poor Quality (COPQ) concept and its benefits as a method to … [Read more...]

SPECIAL FOCUS

Noninvasive Gene Expression Test for Melanoma Cuts Costs

The noninvasive pigmented lesion assay (PLA; DermTech) reduces costs compared to the current standard of care for diagnostic workup of pigmented skin lesions suggestive of melanoma, according to a … [Read more...]

PRECISION MEDICINE

General Population Has Interest in Genetic Testing for Skin Cancer Risk

There is moderately high interest and follow through among the general population for genetic testing to determine melanoma skin cancer risk, according to a study published in JAMA Dermatology. … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Diagnostics Industry Responding to Opioid Epidemic

Prescription opioids are among the most common drugs prescribed and are the most effective treating for pain, whether it is debilitating, chronic pain or temporary pain, such as after surgery. While … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Fanning the Flames

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio Story #1: The fire started in the university chemistry laboratory when a research student used a flammable chemical too close to the open … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

By the Numbers: Lab Injury and Exposure Data

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio Finding information about the number of Laboratory Acquired Infections (LAIs) and other laboratory injuries in the United States is difficult. … [Read more...]

MANAGING THE LAB

Why Your Best Talent is Leaving and Four Ways to Win Them Back

By William A. Schiemann, Ph.D  bio Most leaders of companies today recognize the importance of having engaged people at work. Yet research from the Metrus Institute, Gallup, and others say … [Read more...]

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employment Law Update for HR Managers

By Mike O'Brien  bio This is my periodic update prepared for interested HR professionals trying to deal with the complex American employment laws. Federal Appeals Court says sexual … [Read more...]

DOJ

Medical Necessity Requirement Bites Anatomic Pathologists

By Robert Mazer  bio The DOJ has announced two separate settlements involving claims for allegedly unnecessary special stains. Medicare permits a pathologist to order special stains when … [Read more...]


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