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What if Congress Chooses to Pass an LDT-Specific Law?

CONGRESS HAS YET TO SPEAK SPECIFICALLY ON THE ISSUE of regulating laboratory developed test…

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FDA Expected to Publish Proposed LDT Rule in August

CEO SUMMARY: Congressional lawmakers and the federal Food and Drug Administration are again eyeing changes that would bring greater oversight to laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). Leaders at clinical laboratories and pathology groups should monitor these proposals, both of which c…

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Post-COVID: Repurposing Excess PCR Instruments

CEO SUMMARY: Currently, there are hospital, health system, and independent clinical laboratories that have between two and five different PCR testing platforms. These analyzers were acquired during the pandemic as one way to increase the daily number of SARS-CoV-2 their labs could p…

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2014’s PAMA Fix Comes Back to Haunt Big Labs

AS YOU READ THE INTELLIGENCE BRIEFINGS IN THIS ISSUE about lab industry efforts to convince Congress, the administration, and the new leaders of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to delay implementation of the PAMA final rule on market price reporting, keep in mind that…

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FDA Steps Up Test Enforcement, Saying Tests Need Clearance

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FDA Official Makes Case In Favor of LDT Guidance

CEO SUMMARY: Forty years ago, pathologists in hospital and academic labs worked closely with treating physicians to produce laboratory-developed tests for discrete clinical cases. Seeing that, the FDA decided not to regulate those tests, an FDA official said. Over time, however, use of L…

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Top 10 2014 Biggest News Stories

Story no.1 SGR Fix by Congress Spawns PAMA; Lab Industry Wary of Law’s Impact ON APRIL 1, PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA signed into law the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA). As written, it has the potential to be the most impactful federal legislation on the clinical lab industry s…

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Public Comment Started on FDA LDT Regulations

CEO SUMMARY: On October 3, the FDA published draft guidelines to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs). Pathologists and lab executives now have 120 days to comment on the guidelines. Several prominent national lab associations have expressed concerns about this additional bureaucrat…

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FDA Notifies Congress that It Will Regulate LDTs

CEO SUMMARY: Since 2006, the FDA has said it has the authority to regulate lab-developed tests, but it has held off on doing so. Now the agency says it’s time, defining LDTs as being, “designed, manufactured, and used within a single laboratory. LDTs include some genetic tests and tes…

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Congress’ New SGR Law Has Mixed News for Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Once again, the lab industry faces a mixed bag following passage of a new law by Congress last week. Besides the one-year fix for the SGR, H.R. 4302 also has language that may defer adjustments to Medicare Part B lab test fees until 2017 and creates a new procedure for Medica…

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