ACQUISITIONS

Diagnostic Deals: A Roundup of the Key Mergers, Acquisitions, Alliances, Licenses and Other Strategic Transactions From the Past Month

Mid-May to mid-June was the busiest period of the year for diagnostic deal making in terms of both volume and magnitude. Here is a look at the highlights. M&A Dollar value-wise, the biggest lab … [Read more...]

MACRA REQUIREMENT

How to Adjust to the April 2018 Medicare Beneficiary Cards

By Sean McSweeney  bio In a press release on May 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) commented regarding their fraud prevention initiative program and their … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY BUZZ

FDA Watch: Agency Offers a Modicum of Relief on DTC Marketing of Genetic Tests

Last November, the FDA raised eyebrows with a notice for public comment proposing to make it easier to bring new genetic health risk (GHR) assessment tests to market. The message to GHR test … [Read more...]

HEALTH INSURANCE

Industry Buzz: LabCorp and Quest Swept Up in Insurance Contract Partner Swap

Can you imagine Scarlett and Rhett swapping partners with Romeo and Juliet? Something like the laboratory industry equivalent of that scenario took place on May 25 when two of the nation's largest … [Read more...]

ACCREDITATION

Top of the News: ANDE Rapid DNA Platform First to Win FBI Approval

"Great news! The FBI just called." --Extremely rare phrase almost never uttered except sarcastically One of the very few exceptions to the above principle is ANDE (previously known as NetBio), a … [Read more...]

FEE SCHEDULES

How PAMA’s Effect in 2018 Molecular Diagnostic Reimbursement Will Make Labs More Money

By Sean McSweeney  bio The year 2018 is slated to be much brighter for molecular diagnostic labs as PAMA fee schedules show a higher payment rate and amount for many cancer genomics and … [Read more...]

DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENTS

Diagnostic Deals: A Roundup of the Key Mergers, Acquisitions, Alliances, Licenses and Other Strategic Transactions From the Past Month

The pace of deal making has picked up a bit, but deal volume remains relatively low on both the M&A and strategic alliance fronts. As usual, smaller molecular and genomics firms are supplying … [Read more...]

GENOMICS

Market Trends: Genetic Testing Becoming a Hot New Employee Benefit

While its clinical utility remains subject to debate, genetic testing has proven its value as an employment recruitment tool, especially on the West Coast where technology firms are leveraging its … [Read more...]

NEW PRODUCTS

The Dx Pipeline: A Roundup of the Month’s Key New Product Launches

Agilent, Bio-Techne and Mission Bio were among the producers launching multiple products. Here's a rundown of the key diagnostic product launches from mid-April to mid-May: NEWLY LAUNCHED PRODUCTS & … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY BUZZ

FDA Watch: Why the New NGS Guidance May Be a Paper Tiger

Last month, the FDA finalized a pair of guidance documents designed to liberalize and speed up approval of new next-generation sequencing (NGS) in vitro diagnostic (IVD) tests and devices. (See LIR, … [Read more...]


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