Test Utilization

Rapid Testing the Linchpin of COVID-19 Contact Tracing Effectiveness

Without rapid testing and results, COVID-19 contact tracing will not work. That is the conclusion of a new study published in The Lancet. Even the most efficient contact tracing strategy will not … [Read more...]

ACMG the Latest to Come Out Against Genetic Testing for All Breast Cancer Patients

The debate over the need for genetic testing of all breast cancer patients for germline pathogenic or likely pathogenic variants in BRCA1, BRCA2 and other breast cancer-linked genes continues with the … [Read more...]


Utilization: Study Finds that Distribution of Free Self-Tests Increases HIV Testing & Awareness

Internet distribution of free HIV self-tests can boost testing, promote awareness among high-risk individuals resulting in less incidence of transmitting the disease. These are the key findings of a … [Read more...]


Test Utilization: ‘Cascades of Care’ Cause Wasteful, Unnecessary and Anxiety-Producing Testing

Experts estimate that $200 billion is wasted annually on excessive testing and treatment. The typical dynamic is a chain reaction: Something “comes up” on diagnostic tests or screenings and triggers … [Read more...]


Test Utilization: New Guidelines Recommend Basing Routine Colorectal Cancer Screening on Risk Rather than Age

Even people who are not in diagnostics have probably heard that adults age 50 to 79 should get routine colorectal screening exams. But now that longstanding recommendation has changed. According to … [Read more...]

Utilization Management

Inside the Diagnostics Industry: Quest-hc 1 System Leverages Lab Data to Help Providers Monitor Test Utilization

Getting Medicare and private insurers to pay for lab tests is as challenging as it’s ever been. It’s not just about reimbursement. Payors have become fanatically dedicated to weeding out lab testing … [Read more...]


Partnerships, IT Solutions Improve Infectious Disease Diagnostic Stewardship

Appropriate use of testing is becoming a greater challenge, given the growing number of available diagnostic tests and their increasing complexity. While unnecessary or inappropriate testing can lead … [Read more...]


New Federal Taskforce to Speed Implementation of Emergency Use Diagnostics

Three federal agencies announced the creation of a new taskforce to provide timely recommendations to laboratories for rapid implementation of in vitro diagnostic (IVD) assays during public health … [Read more...]


With Focus on Cost Cutting, Post-Op Labs Not Needed After Knee Replacement

Routine postoperative laboratory testing is not necessary for low-risk patients having elective total knee arthroplasty (TKA), according to a study published Jan. 18 in the Journal of Clinical … [Read more...]


Low-Value, Blood Glucose Self-Monitoring is Common

A substantial percentage of patients with type 2 diabetes may be inappropriately self-monitoring blood glucose, according to a research letter published Dec. 10 in JAMA Internal Medicine. Despite … [Read more...]