Clinical Laboratory Testing of USS Theodore Roosevelt’s Crew During COVID-19 Outbreak Offers Insights into the Coronavirus’ Impact on Young Healthy Adults

The CDC and US Navy study reveals common symptoms and suggests best protective measures to prevent spread in enclosed environments that clinical labs and pathology groups could use to protect their staff members Results from a study conducted by the US Navy and the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) of sailors onboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt during the recent COVID-19 outbreak aboard the ship may be useful for pathologists and clinical laboratory managers. The study...

Obama’s $215 Million Precision Medicine Initiative: Will Congress Fund It and Can It Advance Genetic Testing and the Value of Clinical Laboratory Services?

As proposed, the President’s Precision Medicine Initiative would incorporate a large, volunteer study cohort in innovative ways Even as a new presidential initiative to boost precision medicine makes headlines, there is uncertainty as to how the program can be funded. The Precision Medicine Initiative was announced by President Obama on January 30, 2015. Many pathologists, clinical chemists, and medical laboratory scientists recognize that such a program would pump additional funds into the...

Pathology Laboratory Testing at the Crossroads: Will Payers Deeply Discount Prices for Genetic Tests, or Will Value-Based Pricing Prevail?

Big changes in how these lab test claims are handled are just 11 weeks away, and most clinical laboratories are not up to speed on this issue Note: Dark Daily offers this opinion and commentary by Editor Robert L. Michel Big changes are coming in how payers handle code stacked claims for genetic tests and molecular diagnostic assays! However, few pathologists and clinical laboratory administrators understand why the collective efforts of payers to control utilization and reimbursement of these...
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