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Regulators Acted Slowly as Labs Developed Tests for Coronavirus

WHEN THE FIRST DEATHS FROM THE NOVEL CORONAVIRUS were reported in Seattle beginning on Feb. 29, Helen Chu, MD, MPH, took notice. An infectious disease expert at the University of Washington School of Medicine, Chu is a director with the Seattle Flu Study. Since…

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In New York, Lab Offers Mobile Virus Sample Collections

CEO SUMMARY: To allow patients and physicians to order at-home specimen collections of the novel coronavirus, Northwell Labs trained its 12-member mobile phlebotomy service in the procedures needed to collect samples using nasopharyngeal (NP) swabs. Since training occurred in …

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Northwell Health Labs Produce Value-Added Outcomes, Growth

>CEO SUMMARY: In 2008, the administration at the Northwell Health system on Long Island considered selling its inpatient and outpatient laboratory services to a commercial laboratory company. In response, the leaders of the Northwell Health Laboratories proposed a plan to s…

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Northwell and Memorial Health: A Tale of Two Labs

Something very unusual happened in  this  issue  of  The  Dark  Report. We analyzed the entirely opposite fates of two clinical laboratories owned by different healthcare systems. With apologies to author Charles Dickens and his opening sentence in his novel, a Tale of Two Cities, it c…

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First EKRA Guilty Plea Involves Lab Kickback

>CEO SUMMARY: Federal investigators wasted little time in using the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA) to prosecute fraud involving clinical laboratories and providers. The manager of an opioid treatment center in Kentucky pleaded guilty last month to three co…

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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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Two Collaborations: LabCorp-Thermo Fisher, Roche-Illumina

In  deals  related  to  the  pursuit of companion diagnostics, two lab companies announced collaboration deals with companies that manufacture gene-sequencing equipment. The deals were announced on consecutive days earlier this month. Financial terms were not disclosed. On Jan. 13, Ro…

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Vanderbilt Lab Uses Predictive Medicine to Improve Care

> CEO SUMMARY: The integrative diagnostics lab at the Vanderbilt University Medical Center aims to use sophisticated diagnostics to advance the use of precision medicine testing to improve patient care and to do so at an affordable cost. As part of these efforts, the lab staff …

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33 Groups Cooperated to Get PAMA-Related LAB Act Passed

>CEO SUMMARY: At the end of 2019, the Laboratory Access for Beneficiaries (LAB) Act became law and addressed two of the three most onerous requirements in the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) of 2014. It delays the data-reporting requirements under PAMA, an…

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Any Hope for Relief from PAMA Medicare Price Cuts?

It is a notable and rare success for the clinical laboratory profession to convince the House and Senate to pass a law that is favorable to the interests of patients and the clinical laboratories that serve them. Yet that is what happened when Congress passed the Laboratory Access for Beneficiarie…

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