Issue: Volume XXVII No. 9 - June 22, 2020

Questions Arise as FDA Assesses Serology Tests

CEO SUMMARY: On June 4, the FDA released results of an evaluation of some of the 20 tests offered for sale in this country to identify antibodies for SARS-CoV-2. A quality control expert in clinical labs called the antibody test analysis deeply flawed in part because of the study’s design. The FDA evaluated serology assays  using 110 samples from …

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Health Insurers Push Back On COVID-19 Test Claims

CEO SUMMARY: Under new federal laws, health insurers are required to pay for testing for the novel coronavirus without cost-sharing, prior authorization, or medical management limits, but insurers are questioning these COVID-19 lab test bills and denying many of the claims, a healthcare attorney said. Payers are challenging the medical necessity of COVID-19 tests, such as for patients needing surgery and …

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Lab Buys More Instruments as Way to Add Test Volume

CEO SUMMARY: Severe shortages of supplies for COVID-19 lab testing caused one lab director in the Midwest to buy additional instruments while also validating five different COVID-19 tests to run on analyzers the lab used before the pandemic hit. While this strategy allowed the lab to bump up the number of COVID-19 tests it can perform daily, ongoing shortages of …

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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 million for test tubes needed in tracking the spread of the coronavirus nationwide. But, instead of the standard vials, Fillakit LLC has supplied plastic tubes made for bottling soda, which state …

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