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...

PAMA Price Reporting Update: Insights to Help Prepare to Meet the Requirement

Prior (2018) price reporting cycle offers lessons that can help clinical laboratory benefit administrators and personnel take an informed approach to meeting the requirements of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) With the PAMA Private Payor Price Reporting period under way, some clinical laboratories may be grappling with questions about the new requirements. Under PAMA, applicable labs must report private payer data on selected Clinical Diagnostic Laboratory Tests (CDLTs) to...

Duke University Study Suggests the Human Body Starves Gut Bacteria to Produce Beneficial Results

Human microbiota is linked to many diseases but could hold the key for advanced clinical laboratory tests and targeted precision medicine therapies Study of the human microbiome continues to provide understanding and knowledge regarding gut bacteria and its many benefits, and incites development into new clinical laboratory tests. However, a new study reveals that our bodies might also put gut bacteria under stress leading to better health. Traditionally, scientists believe the human gut is a...

Excessive $48,329 Charge for California Patient’s Outpatient Clinical Laboratory Testing Calls Attention to Chargemaster Rates and New CMS Price Transparency Rule

Studies show medical laboratories may be particularly hit by adjustments to hospital chargemasters as hospitals prepare to comply with Medicare’s New Transparency Rule Recently, Kaiser Health News (KHN) published a story about a $48,329 bill for allergy testing that cast a spotlight on hospital chargemaster rates just as healthcare providers are preparing to publish their prices online to comply with a new Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) rule aimed at increasing pricing...