Emerging Tests

New Evidence Supports Suitability of Antigen Testing for COVID-19 Screening

Not perfect, but good enough. That is the basic theory for using rapid antigen tests for COVID-19 surveillance even though they are less accurate than molecular assays in detecting the SARS-CoV-2 … [Read more...]

Testing Strategy

CDC/NIH Team with Local Health Authorities to Promote, Evaluate Home COVID-19 Testing

As the COVID-19 crisis drags on, the primary focus of the federal government’s testing strategy continues to shift from medical diagnosis and treatment to broad testing of the asymptomatic for … [Read more...]

Testing Strategy

FDA to SARS-CoV-2 Test Developers: Evaluate Impact of Genetic Mutations on Test Performance

Evolution and mutation of SARS-CoV-2 virus has made COVID-19 diagnosis a moving target. On Feb. 22, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued new guidance telling developers of SARS-CoV-2 … [Read more...]

Testing Trends

Report Analyzes Federal Health Programs’ COVID-19 Testing Efforts in First Months of Pandemic

The COVID-19 outbreak caught the country and the world totally off guard. And even as the pandemic intensifies, the lessons from those first crucial months hold the key to managing not only … [Read more...]

Industry Trends

Surging COVID-19 Cases Are Pushing Laboratories to the Breaking Point

Long lines for testing. Shortages of critical testing supplies. Case backlogs and long reporting delays. Laboratories across the country and the patients they serve are reliving the nightmares of … [Read more...]

Emerging Tests

COVID-19 Antigen Tests Are Ready for Mass Utilization but Antigen Test Reporting Is Not

It will take something on the order of 200 million COVID-19 screening tests per month, as opposed to the 25 million being performed currently, to safely reopen the U.S., estimates a new report from … [Read more...]

Genetic Testing

Despite Recommendations, Autism Patients Are Not Fragile X, Karyotype or CMA Testing

Whether due to lack of insurance coverage, personal preference or other reasons, patients with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) are not getting recommended genetic testing. That is the conclusion of a … [Read more...]

Testing Trends

USPSTF Recommends Hepatitis C Virus Infection Screening for All Adults

In response to a spike in hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection cases among young adults, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) revised its guidance and is now recommending that all adults, not … [Read more...]

Money Talks

Test Utilization: Payment Policies More Effective than Practice Recommendations in Curbing Orders of Low-Value Tests

When it comes to getting physicians not to order low-value laboratory tests, money talks. At least, that is the punchline of a new study finding that changes in payment policies are more effective … [Read more...]

ACMG the Latest to Come Out Against Genetic Testing for All Breast Cancer Patients

The debate over the need for genetic testing of all breast cancer patients for germline pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants in BRCA1, BRCA2 and other breast cancer-linked genes continues with the … [Read more...]