The Business of Testing

HHS Orders FDA to Resume EUA Review of Laboratory Developed Tests for COVID-19

Oh no you don’t! A month after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced its decision to discontinue review of applications for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) submitted by test makers … [Read more...]

Top of the News

Major Insurer Claims It Has No Obligation to Pay for Pooled COVID-19 Testing

Free COVID-19 testing is a powerful and very compelling policy. The problem, of course, is that somebody has to pay for coronavirus testing. And the insurance companies have been designated as that … [Read more...]

The Business of Testing

Pandemic Energizes Search for Genomics-Based Early PTSD Detection Diagnostics

COVID-19 is destroying not only lives and the economy but also mental health. The global pandemic is widely expected to result in a dramatic increase in post-traumatic syndrome disorder (PTSD) cases. … [Read more...]

The Business of Testing

New COVID-19 Revenues Not Enough to Offset Declines in Elective & Screening Tests

That line from Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities about the best of times and the worst of times is especially apt with what testing laboratories in the US and around the world are experiencing. … [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...]

TESTING TRENDS

Genetics Update: 23andMe Seeks to Upend the Medical Industry via Genetic Testing Information Sharing

Can one company disrupt the entire lab industry? 23andMe seems determined to find out. The Mountain View, California-based personal genomics and biotechnology company, which first marketed its … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Upfront Next-Generation Sequencing for Lung Cancer Patients Saves Time, Money

Use of upfront next-generation sequencing (NGS) testing at diagnosis of patients with metastatic non-small-cell lung cancer (mNSCLC) is associated with substantial cost savings, according to a study … [Read more...]

GENETIC TESTING

Guidelines at a Glance

Screening for HIV Published June 11 in the Journal of the American Medical Association. The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommends screening for HIV infection in adolescents and … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Preventive Genomic Screening In Young Adults Highly Cost Effective

A new model shows that universal preventive genomic screening for multiple conditions in early adulthood could be highly cost-effective in a single-payer health care system, according to a study … [Read more...]

EMERGING TESTS

Study Showing PGx Testing Improves Depression Outcomes, Key to Myriad’s Reimbursement Strategy

Pharmacogenomic testing (PGx) provides clinically meaningful improvement in response and remission rates for difficult-to-treat depression patients over standard of care, according to a study … [Read more...]


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