UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT

Attitude Toward Inpatient Testing Frequency Varies By Provider Type

While clinicians and several professional recognize that routine laboratory testing is overused in the inpatient setting, attitudes towards testing necessity differ by health care provider type, … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Eliminating Creatine Kinase–Myocardial Band Testing Saves Money, Improves Quality

Creatine kinase–myocardial band (CK-MB) testing provides no incremental value to patient care, and if hospitals and emergency rooms would eliminate its use for evaluating suspected acute coronary … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Future of Traditional Rapid Flu Tests in Doubt as New Review Highlights Improved Performance of New Testing Technologies

With the start of the 2017-2018 flu season approaching, and the upcoming deadline for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) new minimum performance requirements, there is renewed interest in … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Chlamydia Testing Falls in Young Women, Following Change in Cervical Cancer Guidelines; Simultaneous Overtesting of Males Seen

Recent cervical cancer screening guideline changes are associated with reduced chlamydia testing, particularly among women aged 15 to 19 years, who are at high risk for chlamydia infection, if … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Annual TB Testing of Health Care Workers Not Cost Effective

Routine annual tuberculosis (TB) screening of health care workers is no longer cost effective, according to a study published May 17 in BMC Medicine. The incidence of TB is at an all-time low in the … [Read more...]

Two App Marketplaces Ramping Up Consumer Genomics Offerings

Two personal genome app marketplaces—Sequencing.com (San Francisco, Calif.) and Helix (San Carlos, Calif.)—are now up and running offering consumers a combined total of 55 products for purchase. While … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Celebrity Power to Drive Testing Extends Beyond ‘Angelina Jolie Effect’

The power of celebrity impacts health decisions and drives testing decisions beyond the "Angelina Jolie effect." A study published in the July issue of Prevention Science demonstrates the "Charlie … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

IgE Testing May Be Underused in Dermatology

Allergists have long used immunoglobulin E quantitative assaying of allergens (IgEQAA) to determine reactivates for allergies associated with a runny nose and asthma. However, the test is not widely … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Utility of Whole-Genome Sequencing in Primary Care Uncertain

Adding whole-genome sequencing (WGS) to standardized family history assessment of healthy patients in the primary care setting uncovers new molecular findings, although the findings prompt additional … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY TRENDS

Lab-Pharmacy Partnerships Expand Retail Lab Testing Trend

Another undeniable sign that commercialization of health care is making meaningful inroads on Main Street with the late June partnership announcement between the laboratory chain Quest Diagnostics … [Read more...]


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