PUBLIC HEALTH

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...]

TOP OF THE NEWS

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...]

TESTING TRENDS

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...]

TESTING TRENDS

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...]

GUIDELINES

Pre-Op Urine Screening Not Necessary

Routine preoperative urine screening offers no clinical benefit, according to a large study published Dec. 12 in JAMA Surgery. Treating asymptomatic bacteriuria detected by screening does not cut the … [Read more...]

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...]

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 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...]

UTILIZATION TRENDS

Utilization Trends: Study Links EMR Prioritization to Over Ordering of Costly Lab Tests

Health systems under pressure to cut costs and improve care quality are looking for ways to rein in what they perceive to be overutilization of lab testing. Against this backdrop, a pair of new … [Read more...]


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