UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT

You Make the Call: Incentivizing MDs to Order More Early Screening Tests

A Managed Care Organization (MCO) wants to pay providers incentives to increase early and periodic screenings, diagnostic and treatment (EPSDT) services to Medicaid patients. Payments are capitated, … [Read more...]

PUBLIC HEALTH

FDA Watch: Agency Approves New Flu Tests and Drug

As the flu season begins, the FDA has issued significant approvals of new products for diagnosing and treating the disease. New Flu Assays On October 24, Abbott announced that the FDA has granted … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PLANS

OIG Monthly Work Plan Review: November 2018

This month, there were six new Work Plan items, two of which have implications for at least some labs. 1. CDC's Oversight of the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief Funds Issue: Through the … [Read more...]

GUIDELINES

Ideal Age of Last Cervical Cancer Screening Depends on Test Type

With the adoption of cotesting—human papillomavirus (HPV) plus Pap cytology—cervical cancer screening methodology has focused primarily on the preferred frequency of combined testing. However, a new … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

MSSA Screening Program Cuts Infections in NICUs

An active methicillin-susceptible S. aureus (MSSA) screening and decolonization program in the neonatal intensive care (NICU) unit can lead to a sustained reduction in the incidence of clinical S. … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Penicillin Allergy Testing Underused, Could Lead to Cost Savings

Once a patient is labeled as having a penicillin allergy, it is rarely revisited. The label sticks and increases the patient's risk of receiving subsequent suboptimal, alternative antibiotic therapy, … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

FDA Enabling New Point-of-Care Tests for Ebola Outbreak, Flu Season

Several recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) actions are bringing point-of-care (POC) infectious disease tests closer to patient care. These recent regulatory wins are enabling more rapid … [Read more...]

TESTING TRENDS

Multiplex, Point-of-Care Test for STIs Could Offer Public Health Benefits

Point-of-care (POC) testing that could simultaneously identify multiple sexually transmitted infections (STIs) could be a valuable addition to sexual health clinics, according to a U.K. study … [Read more...]

TESTING STRATEGY

Evidence Suggests Need for Expanded HCV Testing, Particularly Coupled With Opioid Screening in Young People

Current hepatitis C virus (HCV) screening strategies may not be adequate in the face of the opioid epidemic. Previous screening guidelines have focused on reaching the estimated 2.7 million persons … [Read more...]

FUTURELAB

Mindset Shift Moves Labs from Transactions to Insights

How do you plan for the future in a rapidly changing environment? That is the big task that laboratories are being asked to do. There is no roadmap, yet their financial livelihood is dependent upon … [Read more...]


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