Late Breaking Lab News

June 22, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

As they scramble to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, federal officials in multiple agencies are purchasing equipment and supplies from vendors with dubious credentials and little operating history. In recent days, Pro-Publica reported “a fledgling Texas company was paid $7.3 mil…

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June 1, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Daily, national news headlines call attention to the lack of adequate testing for COVID-19. News reporters question why clinical labs are unable to meet the demand for SARS-CoV-2 tests. One major reason is the lack of adequate supplies labs need to collect specimens, transport them, and per…

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MAY 11, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Clinical laboratories in other countries have similar challenges in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the United Kingdom, the Independent reported last week that “Widespread testing for coronavirus has been suspended among staff and patients at hospitals and GP practices ser…

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APRIL 20, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Not only did the outbreak of SARS-CoV-2 in the United States show how unprepared the nation was for an event like this, but it exposed numerous problems and weaknesses in the federal agencies tasked with protecting the health and safety of the American public. One high-profile failure hap…

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March 30, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Should consumers be allowed to collect their own specimens for a COVID-19 test? At least five companies announced plans in mid-March to sell COVID-19 tests directly to consumers and have them collect their specimens at home, then return the samples to the the labs doing the testing. This s…

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March 9, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Coronavirus, more specifically, the novel coronavirus that causes the COVID-19 disease, currently dominates global news. This is the third novel strain of coronavirus to emerge as a threat to human health in the past two decades. Severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) was identifie…

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February 17, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Last month, Tech-Crunch reported  that a data breach at Laboratory Corporation of America had exposed the protected health information (PHI) of thousands of patients. TechCrunch published its findings on Jan. 28, 2020. It wrote, “This latest secu…

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January 27, 2020 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

In recent weeks, the Supreme Court declined to consider an appeal in a case which challenged a lab company’s patent on a clinical laboratory test. On Jan. 13, the justices rejected the appeal made by Athena Diagnostics, a division of Quest Diagnostics. In an earlie…

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November 25 2019 intelligence late breaking lab news

Medicare lab test price cuts mandated by the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) are eroding the finances of urology groups that do in-office clinical laboratory testing. In the November issue of Urology Times, urologist Robert A. Dowling, MD, wrote a news story that identified the cut…

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December 16, 2019 Intelligence: Late Breaking Lab News

John M. Mattsen, III, MD, one of the founders of ARUP Laboratories of Salt Lake City, died on November 9, at the age of 86. As a pathologist and an executive leader, he was at the forefront of laboratory medicine for many decades. A graduate of Brigham Young University…

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