Pew Charitable Trusts and CDC Find Hospitals Are Overusing Antibiotics, Set New Targets for Antibiotic Prescribing and Avoiding Antimicrobial Resistance

Clinical laboratories and microbiology tests provide key tools for physicians engaged in antibiotic stewardship programs One important and continuing trend in healthcare is the need for hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical providers to introduce effective antibiotic stewardship programs (ASPs). The findings of a recent study on antibiotic stewardship emphasize the need for improvement and suggest guidelines that will involve and engage clinical laboratories. Antibiotic-resistant...

Thirty US Congress Members Ask HHS To Send COVID-19 Testing Funds Directly to Clinical Laboratories

US Representatives want clinical laboratories to have better support for their increased efforts to expand testing for the coronavirus On June 8, Congressmen Tom Reed (NY-23), Scott Peters (CA-52), and 28 other members of the US House of Representatives sent a letter to Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Alex Azar requesting that funds from the Paycheck Protection Program and Health Care Enhancement Act (H.R.266) be sent directly to clinical laboratories that have...

Canadian Scientists and Medical Researchers Urge Health Canada to Regulate Laboratory-developed Tests

Lack of regulations and quality management jeopardizes the quality and safety of LDTs, claim experts in clinical laboratory medicine in a commentary to Canadian policymakers Health Canada is the latest government healthcare organization under pressure to enact legislation that regulates laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). In a public commentary, several members of the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto in Ontario, urged Canadian lawmakers...

Medicare’s Independence at Home Program Saves Federal Government Millions While Paying Millions to Health Providers That Meet Quality Benchmarks

This CMS pilot program is another opportunity for clinical laboratories to provide medical lab test services and collect specimens outside of traditional sites of healthcare services Clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups are once again reminded to develop strategies that support the increasing number of physicians providing medical care in nontraditional outpatient settings. Now in its seventh year, the Medicare Independence at Home program is reviving the tradition of healthcare...

Society to Improve Diagnosis in Medicine Forms Coalition to Address Preventable Diagnostic Errors; Proper Use of Clinical Laboratory Test Is One Goal

SIDM estimates approximately one in 10 patients with serious medical conditions are initially misdiagnosed, a problem that can be addressed if the right medical laboratory test is ordered at the right time for individual patients Clinical laboratory leaders know that lab tests are essential to a large proportion of medical diagnoses. Therefore, any formal effort to reduce diagnostic errors that affects how doctors order and use lab tests also will impact medical laboratories that perform those...

Customized Cancer Vaccines Based on Individual Patients’ DNA Could Soon Be a Reality, Might Require Diagnostic Support from Anatomic Pathology Labs

Pharmaceutical developers are combining genetic sequencing and precision medicine to create new drug therapies and cancer treatments designed for specific patients Most anatomic pathologists are aware of the rapid advances in the field of cancer immunotherapy—sometimes also called immune-oncology. This is an area of healthcare where precision medicine and personal genetics become crucial elements in developing more effective drug regimens. Scientists are combining those two areas of research...
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