Popular Science Review Finds Seven At-Home COVID-19 Antigen Tests ‘Easy to Use’ and ‘An Important Tool to Slow Spread of the Coronavirus’

Though clinical laboratory RT-PCR tests remain the ‘gold standard’ when diagnosing COVID-19, at-home antigen tests offer convenience and quick test results. But are they accurate? Less than six months after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued the first...

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US Preventative Services Task Force Study Finds Evidence of Benefits to Vitamin D Screening in Asymptomatic Adults is ‘Inconclusive’

New USPSTF guidelines suggest reducing the volume of Vitamin D deficiency testing in the general population, which could reduce revenue for clinical laboratories From 2005 to 2011, the volume of clinical laboratory tests for Vitamin D soared nationally as more doctors...

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Repurposing Your Lab’s Leftover COVID-19 Samples: Building New Revenue and Better Patient Outcomes Through Collaboration with Life Sciences

This free Dark Daily white paper for laboratory professionals explores how the rapid decline in SARS-CoV-2 testing affects molecular laboratories and the life sciences industry as a whole and offers opportunities for drug developers and labs to work together in new and beneficial ways.

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American Society for Clinical Pathology Website Was Hacked Last Year, Possibly Exposing Credit Card Information of Members and Online Shoppers

Thousands of pathologists and medical technologists may have had their private data stolen, though ASCP investigators did not confirm this as having happened For a “limited time period” in 2020, the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) was the target of a...

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Irish Cancer Society Report Shows Patients May Wait Two Years or More for Genetic Cancer Test Results

Wait times blamed on the Irish National Health System’s ‘overstretched’ services and ‘under-resourced’ commitment to cancer genetic testing done by medical laboratories Histopathologists in the UK and anatomic pathologists in the US understand the important role...

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Community Anatomic Pathology Groups Show Increased Interest in Adopting Digital Pathology and Whole-Slide Imaging, But Can They Do It on a Budget?

Acceptance of digital pathology and whole-slide imaging is now almost universal among academic health center pathology departments and the nation’s largest pathology companies Across the United States, many private practice anatomic pathology groups now recognize that...

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New Proposed Federal Rule Could Remove Requirement for Hospitals to Share Negotiated Medicare Advantage Rates with CMS

CMS says it is responding to hospitals’ plea for relief from burdensome reporting requirements, but not altering federal price transparency laws Despite federal price transparency law that went into effect January 1 after a year-long court battle, some hospitals...

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South Korean Telecommunications Partner with Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing Companies to Send Test Results to Consumers’ Mobile Devices

As consumer demand increases for medical laboratory testing services that bypass the supervision of primary care doctors, clinical laboratories may be affected Direct-to-consumer (DTC) genetic testing organizations and telecommunications companies in South Korea are...

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Medscape Report on Physician Salaries in 2020 Shows Pathologists at Middle in Pay, but Near Top in Job Satisfaction

Though pathology salaries rank 16th among 29 medical specialties, it is in the top 10 among specialties that attract women and respondents say that comes with a lot of paperwork Despite “hardships” brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, 18,000 physicians in more than 29...

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Hospital-based Clinical Laboratory Scientist is Suing Her Former Employer After Being Fired Due to Long-Haul COVID-19 Illness

Medical laboratory employee alleges healthcare system discriminated based on her medical condition, failed to accommodate her disability, then retaliated and created hostile working conditions What is a clinical laboratory’s obligation when an employee is infected...

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Walmart to Open 4,000 Healthcare ‘Supercenters’ by 2029 That Include ‘Comprehensive’ Clinical Laboratory Services

With the majority of Americans living just a few miles from a Walmart, how might independent clinical laboratories compete? Retail giant Walmart (NYSE:WMT) plans to install 4,000 primary care “supercenters” in stores by 2029 that will include clinical laboratory...

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FDA Grants CLIA Waiver Allowing First Test for Chlamydia and Gonorrhea to Be Performed at the Point of Care

Federal regulators continue to recognize value of clinical laboratory testing in near-patient settings To help in the diagnosis and management of two sexually-transmitted diseases, another point-of-care diagnostic test will soon be available for use in physician’s...

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Wall Street Journal Investigation Finds Computer Code on Hospitals’ Websites That Prevents Prices from Being Shown by Internet Search Engines, Circumventing Federal Price Transparency Laws

In a letter, Congress urged the HHS Secretary to conduct “vigorous oversight and enforces full compliance with the final rule” Analysis of more than 3,100 hospital websites by The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) has found “hundreds” containing embedded code that prevents...

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COVID-19 Surveillance Screening Program Used in Chicago School Systems Comes Under Scrutiny by Illinois Department of Public Health Following New York Times Article

Dozens of Chicago-area schools were reopened with the help of an $11 COVID-19 saliva test, but the qualifications of the clinical laboratory, and whether it complied with federal regulations, were called into question It was only a matter of time when newly-formed...

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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...

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Academic Institutions Still Rely Heavily on COVID-19 Symptom-Checking Technology Despite Questions About Its Usefulness

A New York Times report suggests that frequent testing is still the best approach to controlling spread of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus Many colleges and universities go to great lengths to screen their students for signs of COVID-19 using technologies that include...

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Federal Government Study Shows EHR Interoperability at All Time High as 55% of Hospitals Report Robust Data Exchange

But information blocking remains a barrier to complete information exchange, creating ongoing issues for clinical laboratories and pathology groups Interoperability of electronic health records (EHRs) remains one the biggest challenges for clinical laboratories and...

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Cigna Subsidiary Evernorth Acquires MDLIVE as Demand for Telehealth Grows Among Insurers and Healthcare Consumers

COVID-19 pandemic has elevated virtual care into the mainstream, creating opportunities to increase access to care, including clinical laboratory testing, and drive down healthcare costs As the COVID-19 pandemic fuels demand for virtual healthcare, Cigna is acquiring...

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Google Health and Ascension Are Piloting A Cross-Platform EHR Search Tool That Helps Physicians Locate and View Patient Data, Including Clinical Laboratory Test Results

‘Care Studio’ is designed to give physicians a ‘single, centralized view’ of patients’ records that are spread among multiple disparate databases within a healthcare system Lack of interoperability between electronic health records (EHRs) has been a thorn in the side...

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How Will Clinical Laboratories Collect Samples if Telehealth Replaces Traditional Doctor’s Office Visits?

COVID-19 has made telehealth an important tool. New technologies may help clinical laboratories collect blood samples ordered by physicians treating patients remotely Even before COVID-19, telehealth services were gaining in popularity. But the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic...

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AHA Expresses Opposition to Merger between UnitedHealth Group’s OptumInsight and Change Healthcare, DOJ Agrees to Look into the $13B Deal

Clinical laboratory information would be part of a “massive” transfer of data that may affect medical decision-making ‘to the detriment of consumers and healthcare providers’ the AHA stated in a letter to the DOJ In yet another example of healthcare market...

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