Late Breaking Lab News

August 8, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

One of the biggest health insurers in the United States has changed its name. As of June 28, Anthem in Indianapolis, Ind., is now known as Elevance Health. The new name is a combination of “elevate” and “advance,” noted Modern Health Executive on June 16. Elevance also an…

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July 18, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Given that monkeypox cases continue to rise, the federal government likewise is ramping up its response. In June, the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) began shipping monkeypox tests to five commercial laboratories: Aegis Science, Labcorp, Mayo Clinic La…

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June 27, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Efforts to revise the much-criticized methods Medicare officials use to establish prices the government pays clinical laboratories under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014 got a boost last week. On June 22, a bipartisan bill to accomplish that was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The …

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June 6, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Monkeypox is the latest disease showing up in the United States. That means hospital laboratories will want to be ready to diagnose monkeypox cases that show up in their emergency departments. An official from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says it is exploring the possib…

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May 16, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Chalk up another lab outreach deal for Labcorp. The Burlington, N.C.-based company has agreed to acquire certain assets of AtlantiCare’s clinical laboratory outreach business. The deal was announced on May 9, with no financial terms disclosed. The outreach business of AtlantiCare, bas…

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April 25, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

In a sign that awareness of medical diagnostic testing continues to grow during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic, the Mayo Clinic announced it will invest $49 million to build a new laboratory space on its campus in Rochester, Minn. As part of the multi-year project, several clinical labs will eventual…

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April 4, 2022, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

On March 22, the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced that its COVID-19 Uninsured Program had stopped accepting claims for related laboratory testing due to lack of sufficient funds. This development potentially affects 8.6% of the nation’s population which does…

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March 14, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Telehealth proved to be popular with Medicare patients during the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic. The federal U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) reported telehealth visits for Medicare beneficiaries increased in 2020 by an incredible 63 times—from approximately 840,000 in 2019 to 52.7 m…

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February 22, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Scopio Labs, a medical imaging company in Tel Aviv, recently landed $50 million in Series C venture capital funding as it moves to more fully enter the clinical laboratory market, TechCrunch reported on Feb. 9. Scopio has developed a scanner that can magnify a whole blood sample by 100 …

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January 31, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

DNA-based breast cancer testing is taking a step forward. Illumina in San Diego, which sells next-generation sequencing (NGS) technology, announced a partnership with Agendia in Irvine, Calif., to develop in vitro diagnostic tests for oncology. Agendia offers proprietary breast …

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