Supreme Court May Be Partly to Blame for Shortage of At-Home Rapid COVID-19 Tests During Pandemic

High court decision in 2012 altered patent law and effectively blocked protections for certain clinical laboratory diagnostic tests and procedures Clinical laboratory leaders and pathologists will be interested to learn that a US Supreme Court (SCOTUS) decision from 2012 may be partly to blame for the shortage of at-home COVID-19 rapid antigen tests while the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant surged this past winter. During that time, consumer demand for all COVID-19 at-home tests quickly depleted...

Mayo Clinic Laboratories Used Ingenuity, Flexibility, and Teamwork to Fast-Track COVID-19 Testing Capacity, Including Hiring Hundreds of Lab Workers

As coronavirus pandemic emerged, the Minnesota reference laboratory surged its testing capacity from 2,600 to 20,000 samples per day in an effort to meet ever-increasing demand Over the past several years, medical laboratory workforce shortages worldwide have challenged clinical laboratory managers to process increasing numbers of clinical laboratory tests with fewer staff. But that did not prepare them for the Herculean task of processing millions of tests each week! According to the CDC’s...

Clinical Lab 2.0 Advances as Project Santa Fe Foundation Secures Nonprofit Status, Prepares to Share Case Studies of Medical Laboratories Getting Paid for Adding Value

Clinical laboratory leaders interested in positioning their labs to be paid for added-value services will get knowledge, insights, and more at upcoming third annual Clinical Lab 2.0 Workshop in November It’s a critical time for medical laboratories. Healthcare is transitioning from a fee-for-service payment system to new value-based payment models, creating disruption and instability in the clinical lab test market. In addition, payers are cutting reimbursement for many lab tests. These are...
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