DEALS

Industry Buzz: The Diagnostic Market’s M&A Highlights from 1H 2017

As usual, the Big 3 of Abbott, Quest and LabCorp were the driving force of M&A activity in the diagnostics industry in the first half of 2017. Abbott Continues to Make News Each company … [Read more...]

ORDERING PHYSICIANS

Ordering Physicians: Oncologists Say Genomic Testing Is Overhyped

When it comes to measuring Dx product effectiveness, few things speak louder than the attitudes of ordering physicians. With that in mind, genomic test manufacturers might want to take pause from a … [Read more...]

NEWS

Focus On: Quest-Walmart Deal Latest in Mass Retailing of Lab Tests

Laboratory test products have been appearing on the shelves of mass retail stores with growing frequency. But the newly announced partnership between Walmart and Quest Diagnostics raises eyebrows … [Read more...]

MOLECULAR TESTS

Palmetto Gives Okay to Medicare Coverage of 5 New Molecular Tests

Medicare contractors are slowly coming around on covering unproven molecular assays. The most notable new baby steps come from, Palmetto GBA (Columbia, SC), one of Medicare's most important … [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...]

MANAGING THE LAB

5 ways to end generational stereotyping in your lab

By Dr. William A. Schiemann  bio These days, the Millennial Generation is hyped, perhaps even more than Baby Boomers were hyped in the 1950s and 1960s. As I meet with executives around the … [Read more...]

EMERGING MARKETS

Blood-Based Concussion Diagnostic Tests

There is a great need for better tools to diagnose concussion. Currently, there is no single marker of panel of markers in widespread clinical use and diagnosis remains based on clinical judgment. But … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Liability Traps to Avoid:
Commission-Based Lab Marketing Arrangements

Contracts between labs and sales and marketing firms raise red flags under both the Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) and Stark Law, especially when payment is by commission or based on the volume or value … [Read more...]

EMERGING MARKETS

Key Players in Blood-Based Concussion Testing Market

There is a great need for better tools to diagnose concussion. Currently, there is no single marker or panel of markers in widespread clinical use and diagnosis remains based on clinical judgment. But … [Read more...]

MARKET TRENDS

FDA EUAs for Zika Tests
(As of March 15, 2017)

Date Issued Test Company Feb. 26, 2016* CDC Zika Immunoglobulin M (IgM) Antibody Capture Enzyme-Linked Immunosorbent Assay Zika MAC-ELISA March 17, 2016* CDC Trioplex Real-time RT-PCR … [Read more...]


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