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Halfway Through 2022, More Changes Come at Labs

APPROACHING THE MIDWAY MARK OF 2022, some clinical laboratory directors and pathologists might feel like they’ve already experienced enough changes to last the whole year.  For example, since the start of 2022, we’ve seen SARS-CoV-2 testing surges co…

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Passage of FDA Regulation of LDTs Inches Closer in the Senate

CONGRESSIONAL LAWMAKERS ARE MOVING A BILL FORWARD that would give the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) the power to regulate laboratory-developed tests. There are many in the clinical laboratory profession who oppose any proposal to give the FDA regulatory oversight of LDTs. …

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VALID Act vs. VITAL Act: Day of Reckoning for LDTs

TWO DISTINCTLY DIFFERENT BILLS HAVE SURFACED IN CONGRESS, each with the potential to have substantial impact on how laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) are regulated by agencies of the federal government. One bill even creates a new acronym for the lab industry: IVCT for in vitro clinical tests….

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Congress May Soon Act on LDT, IVCT Regulation

CEO SUMMARY: Congress is gearing up for a debate on how to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) and other in vitro clinical tests (IVCTs). The VALID Act sets the stage for the FDA to take a greater role in pre-market review of LDTs, and the VITAL Act proposes to keep those tes…

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Congress May Soon Act on IVCT, LDT Regulation

This is an excerpt of a 2,017-word article in the November 29, 2021 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Congress is gearing up for a debate on …

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CLIA Lab Director Testimony Shows Risks to Pathologists

CEO SUMMARY: Elizabeth Holmes’ criminal trial is a case study for clinical lab directors in how not to run a medical lab, according to an attorney with 30 years of advising labs on CLIA-enforcement issues. During the trial, federal prosecutors cited the Clinical Laboratory Improve…

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CAP Introduces Features to Aid CLIA Inspections

CEO SUMMARY: Clinical labs are changing in multiple ways and the College of American Pathologists regularly revises its CLIA accreditation processes in response to these changes. One such change is the growth in the number of integrated delivery networks that operate multiple hospit…

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CLIA Accreditation Market: More Competitive Now?

CEO SUMMARY: It’s been three decades since compliance with the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) became mandatory. During that time, there has been little competition among the major organizations with deeming status by the Medicare Program to accredit labs to CLIA…

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CMS Shuts Missouri Lab Due to ‘Immediate Jeopardy’

CEO SUMMARY: CMS ordered Gamma Healthcare to close its two labs, revoked the owners’ CLIA licenses, prohibited them from operating a lab for two years, and ordered payment of more than $55,000 in civil penalties. The two lab facilities had been running COVID-19 and other tests for…

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After Two Decades, CMS Wants to Update CLIA Lab Regulations

IN THE FIRST EFFORT OF ITS kIND in more than two decades, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has published a request for information (RFI) in the Federal Register as a first step to revise the CLIA rules it promulgated in 1992. Over the years, CMS has made some m…

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