Commentary and Opinion by R. Lewis Dark

Labs Adjust to COVID-19 as a Regular Part of Care

ONE INTERESTING NEW DEVELOPMENT NOT REPORTED MUCH BY THE NATIONAL MEDIA is that the daily number of new COVID-19 cases in the United States has declined steadily in the past month. It is too early to understand the implications of this development, but clinical lab administrators and pathologists may want to follow a basic statistic. Here at The Dark …

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COVID-19 Changes Lab and Pathology Profession

WE ARE ENTERING THE SEVENTH MONTH OF THE SARS-COV-2 OUTBREAK and some public health authorities predict that new cases of COVID-19 will continue through the fall and into 2021. If true, this will not be auspicious for the nation’s clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups. The current clinical and business model of clinical laboratory and anatomic pathology operations …

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It’s a Clinical Lab Moment … But No Advocates!

Nearly every day since the onset of the SARS-C0V-2 outbreak, there have been stories in the national news about clinical laboratory testing for COVID-19. No laboratory professional alive today has seen such an endless stream of news stories about clinical lab testing. This is a once-in-a-lifetime event that could be quite favorable to the clinical lab profession. Unfortunately, …

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Where Is the FDA When Labs Need It Most?

LET’S START WITH AN ESSENTIAL FACT: in the management of almost every outbreak of a novel infectious disease, clinical laboratory tests will be essential in diagnosis of the disease, in monitoring the progress of an infected patient, and in determining if, once cured, a patient has immunity to that disease. Next, let’s recognize another basic fact: clinical lab …

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Where Does COVID-19 Take Clinical Labs Next?

It is easy to say that the current COVID-19 pandemic is a global event without precedent in human history. After all, what other event has caused airline travel to drop by 95%, ended all professional and amateur sports events worldwide, shuttered Broadway theaters and movie cinemas, closed all non-essential businesses, and required nearly all citizens to “shelter in place”? …

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Helping Labs with Cash Flow, COVID-19 Response

ROUTINE SPECIMEN VOLUME REMAINS DOWN by 50% or more for clinical laboratories and anatomic pathology groups in the United States because of the pandemic. Through the end of last week, The Dark Report estimates that labs in the U.S. have lost almost $7 billion since the first week of March. That’s when patients stopped visiting their doctors and …

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Clinical Labs Step Up, But Serious Problems Are Ahead

ACROSS THE UNITED STATES, CLINICAL LABORATORIES ARE LIVING a good news/bad news story. The good news is that the essential role every lab plays in enabling fast, accurate diagnoses is now at the top of the news cycle. Daily, citizens of this country hear from the President and health officials that it’s a clinical laboratory test for SARS-CoV-2 which …

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Lab at the Epicenter of NY’s Coronavirus Pandemic

TODAY, THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC DOMINATES the daily activities of every clinical laboratory in the United States. The emergence of COVID-19 has triggered unprecedented actions by governments in different nations throughout the world. Within this country, all 50 states reported SARS-CoV-2 infections. But it is New York State that was hit hardest early in this pandemic. Until recent …

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Be Careful Payers, You May Get What You Wish For!

Few clinical laboratory executives and pathologists would disagree with the assertion that both government and private payers would like to see the prices they pay for medical laboratory testing and the amount of money they spend reimbursing labs to stay flat or shrink from one year to the next. Certainly the actions taken by Medicare …

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