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 tested more patients for Vitamin D deficiency. This became a major source of revenue growth for many clinical laboratories performing those tests. But at least a portion of lab revenue associated with Vitamin D testing may be in...

Study Finds as Many as One-Third of Patients Have Unnecessary Repeat Lipid Testing, a Conclusion that Supports the Experiences of Clinical Laboratory Pathologists

Researchers observe that over-utilization of lipid tests by many physicians represents a waste of healthcare resources Up to one-third of coronary heart disease (CHD) patients undergo lipid testing that may be unnecessary. This is one finding from a credible study involving 28,000 patients that could focus more attention on the overuse of lipid tests and similar medical laboratory tests by physicians. Most pathologists and clinical laboratory managers will welcome the findings of this study....
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