CMS Releases Revision to State Operations Manual Special Procedures for Laboratories

Presenters at the 13th Annual Lab Quality Confab 2019 discussed the negative impact of disparities between medical laboratory processes and SOPs ATLANTA, Oct. 18, 2019—Several weeks ago, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) quietly released QSO-19-20-CLIA: Revisions to State Operations Manual (SOM), Chapter 6—Special Procedures for Laboratories. The release, which went to all State Survey Agency Directors, includes a “comprehensive revision to establish quality laboratory...

Federal Advisory Committee Seeks Public Comments on Revising CLIA Regulations, says Keynote Speaker at 13th Annual Lab Quality Confab in Atlanta

At The Dark Report’s annual Lab Quality Confab for clinical laboratory administrators, managers, and quality team members, experts outline how disruption in healthcare requires labs to improve processes and cut costs ATLANTA, Oct. 15, 2019—Clinical laboratory professionals have a chance to advise the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on how the federal government could revise the regulations under the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA). That’s...

Clinical Laboratory Leaders Agree: Showing Value Is More Important than Ever as Healthcare Transitions Away from Fee-for Service Reimbursement

How medical laboratories can show value through process improvement methods and analytics will be among many key topics presented at the upcoming Lab Quality Confab conference Quality management is the clinical laboratory’s best strategy for surviving and thriving in this era of shrinking lab budgets, PAMA price cuts, and value-based payment. In fact, the actions laboratories take in the next few months will set the course for their path to clinical success and financial sustainability in 2020...

Kroger Prescription Plans Partners with Myriad Genetics to Offer GeneSight Genetic Tests and Genetic Counseling in Kroger Pharmacies

Clinical laboratories may soon find opportunities to assist retail pharmacists who are doing genetic test counseling, as employers’ support of genetic testing advances In another market example of acceptance of genetic tests by major employers, a new pilot program is underway by Kroger Prescription Plans that offers GeneSight by Myriad Genetics as a benefit. GeneSight is an LDT, a laboratory-developed pharmacogenomic test, used to treat psychiatric disorders, such as depression. As part of the...

UTSA Researchers Create Leukemia Proteome Atlases to Assist in Leukemia Research and Personalized Medicine Treatments

This new atlas of leukemia proteomes may prove useful for medical laboratories and pathologists providing diagnostic and prognostic services to physicians treating leukemia patients Clinical pathology laboratories, hematopathologists, and medical technologists (aka, medical laboratory scientists) have a new tool that aids in leukemia research and helps hematologists and other medical practitioners treat patients with acute myelogenous leukemia (aka, acute myeloid leukemia or AML). Researchers...

MIT Researchers Link Acidic Environments to Cancer Tumor Growth and Invasion of Healthy Tissue; Might Be Useful Diagnostic Element for Pathologists

Methods that target the causes of acidity could become part of precision medicine cancer treatments and therapies Researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have found that acidic environments enable tumor cells to strengthen through protein production. And that when acidic surfaces extend beyond a tumor’s interior, and come into contact with healthy tissue, cancer can spread. The results of their study will interest anatomic pathologists who review tissue biopsies to diagnose...