University of Queensland Researches May Have Found a Universal Biomarker That Identifies Cancer in Various Human Cells in Just 10 Minutes!

This research could lead to a useful liquid biopsy test that would be a powerful new tool for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathologists Cancer researchers have long sought the Holy Grail of diagnostics—a single biomarker that can quickly detect cancer from blood or biopsied tissue. Now, researchers in Australia may have found that treasure. And the preliminary diagnostic test they have developed reportedly can return results in just 10 minutes with 90% accuracy. In a news release,...

UK Scientists Produce Comprehensive Summary of Genes Associated with Cancer in Humans, Making Precision Medicine ‘More Precise’

Expanded ‘Cancer Gene Census’ is expected to accelerate development of new therapeutics and biomarker-based personalized medicine diagnostic tests for disease; could be useful for anatomic pathologists Oncology is one of the fastest-developing fields in precision medicine and use of DNA-based diagnostics. Surgical pathologists are helping many cancer patients benefit from the use of a companion genetic test that shows their tumors are likely to respond to a specific drug or therapy. Consistent...

State of the Medical Laboratory Industry in Focus This Week

With Medicare taking a critical look at clinical laboratory test bills and labs contending with the onerous new federal EKRA law and the newly-implemented NCCI guidelines, there is a need for lab leaders to get accurate and timely recommendations on how their labs can respond and be compliant. Confronting the market and regulatory challenges of managing clinical labs and anatomic pathology groups has sparked record attendance at the 24th Annual Executive War College on Laboratory and Pathology...

Compliance with New Federal EKRA Law Creates Uncertainties in How Clinical Laboratories Pay Commissions to Their Sales Teams

Vague language and last-minute additions to the federal SUPPORT Act of 2018 with its included EKRA provisions mean big changes to how clinical laboratories can legally compensate sales professionals for referrals Clinical laboratories may be at grave financial risk should they fail to properly comply with the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) provision of the Substance Use-Disorder Prevention that Promotes Opioid Recovery and Treatment for Patients and Communities Act (H.R....

Sonic Healthcare’s iMorpheus Program Helps Clinical Laboratories Receive Financial Rewards through Medicare’s Shared Savings Program

When medical laboratories work with doctors to help patients with chronic diseases get prompt care, everyone wins, and labs increase revenue When clinical laboratories agree to share their patient data and encounter information with physicians engaged in population health management, they help improve the health of thousands of people, as well as secure financial rewards through participation in alternative payment models (APMs), such as the Medicare Shared Savings Program for accountable care...

VA Engages Private Sector Companies in Major Telehealth Initiative to Bring Critical Healthcare Services to Thousands of Veterans Living in Remote Areas

Walmart, T-Mobile, and Philips have partnered with the VA and will be providing key resources that could offer opportunities for local clinical laboratories In what may prove to be a useful innovation, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is preparing a major expansion of its telehealth (aka, telemedicine) offerings. What adds interest to this effort is that veterans will be able to access telehealth services in such settings as selected posts run by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)...