NEWS

DNA Testing at the Border

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is piloting a DNA testing program at the U.S.-Mexico border. The program aims to establish "DNA-based family relationship (kinship) verification to improve … [Read more...]

NEWS

The President’s Proposed 2019 Federal Budget: The 6 Things Labs Must Know

While President Trump's proposed $4.75 trillion budget may be the largest in U.S. history, it calls for important cuts affecting health care in general and labs in particular. Here are the six things … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

How the Opioid Crackdown Is Affecting Lab Enforcement & Test Utilization

103 in 1: Odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash 96 in 1: Odds of dying from an opioid overdose The alarming finding that a person is now more statistically likely to die of an opioid overdose … [Read more...]

OPIOID DRUGS

HHS Calls for Cutting Back Patient Privacy Protections to Fight Opioid Abuse

Political reaction to the opioid crisis may soon bring about changes to HIPAA and other medical privacy laws. Patient privacy is all well and good—except when that protected patient is a substance … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

ACA: DOJ Won’t Defend Individual Mandate in Court—But 16+ States Will

One of the DOJ's principal roles is to defend the federal laws in court cases challenging their constitutionality. But the agency has made it known that it will not be doing that in a lawsuit brought … [Read more...]

ACA INSTABILITY

Laboratory Industry Faces Uncertain Regulatory Policy

While PAMA captured headlines at G2's 35th annual Lab Institute conference (Washington D.C.; Oct. 25-27), speakers presented how other regulatory efforts, including the Affordable Care Act (ACA), … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Executive Orders Move Forward Regulatory Reform Plans

At the end of February, President Donald Trump issued an Executive Order (EO) aimed at furthering the promise to reduce regulatory burdens and costs. The President's Blueprint for the budget, which … [Read more...]

FUNDING

Trump Budget “Blueprint” Proposes NIH Cuts, Increases for FDA User Fees and Enforcement

The headlines are harsh. "Terrible," devastating," and "crippling," are words the biomedical industry is using to describe President Trump's proposed cuts to science and … [Read more...]

FUNDING

Budget Blueprint: Funding for Tech Down But Increases for Enforcement

The headlines are harsh. "Terrible," devastating," and "crippling," are words the biomedical industry is using to describe President Trump's proposed cuts to science and medical research in his 2018 … [Read more...]

LEGISLATION

House Proposes Replacement Health Care Legislation

Efforts to replace Obamacare are moving forward with legislation called the American Health Care Act proposed by two House committees—the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees.   Energy … [Read more...]


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