Late Breaking Lab News

January 23, 2023, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

New data from the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) offers further evidence of a decreasing talent pool of pathologists in the United States. Active physicians in anatomic and clinical pathology dropped from 13,201 in 2016 to 12,180 in 2021—a 7.7% decrease, according to the AAM…

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January 3, 2023, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

At the moment, it appears that the controversial Verifying Accurate Leading-edge IVCT Development (VALID) Act will have a hard time passing in Congress. The bill, which is intended to shift regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) to the federal Food and Drug Administration…

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December 12, 2022, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Is it time to allow consumers to do at-home testing for influenza? Given the already-raging influenza season—flu-related hospitalizations doubled the week of Nov. 20 compared to a week earlier, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention—the STAT medical news site ra…

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November 21, 2022, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

In yet another employment ripple from the pandemic, a group of more than 75 pathologists penned a letter to Congress urging lawmakers to retain the option for remote diagnostic work. In the letter, which appeared in the Oct. 20 issue of Nature, the pathologists wrote, “During the COVID-19 pa…

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October 31, 2022, Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Clinical laboratories may soon face increasing pres­sure to test for respira­tory syncytial virus (RSV) now that the public has become aware of the pathogen. Over the past month, there has been an onslaught of media attention on RSV. The coverage has often focused on how this common virus could tag…

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October 10, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Future regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) may not be as clear as it once appeared. On Sept. 30, Congress passed a short-term resolution to keep the federal government funded. As part of the move, a proposed bill to increase oversight of LDTs has been sidelined, at least for now, accordin…

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September 19, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Déjà vu? Lawmakers in Congress question whether public health officials have done enough to stay ahead of monkeypox, including the availability of diagnostic tests. Concerns about such testing came up during a Sept. 14 hearing before the Senate’s Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee. …

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August 29, 2022 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Interesting things may be unfolding in the genetic testing marketplace. In the past few weeks, at least two high-profile genetic testing companies announced major layoffs. First was Invitae, a genetics testing company in San Francisco. At the end of July, it announced plans to eliminate 1,000 …

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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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