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FDA & CMS Issue Letter, Agree on LDT Oversight

CEO SUMMARY: With the release of a public statement about the oversight of LDTs on Jan. 24, 2024, officials at both the Food and Drug Adminstration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service went on record that both agencies are aligned in the spec…

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Feds Bar Elizabeth Holmes from Government Health Programs

ONCE AGAIN, ELIZABETH HOLMES, THE DISGRACED FORMER CEO OF THERANOS, is in the news. This time it is because the federal Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced in January that Elizabeth Holmes is …

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European Lab’s Data Breach Has Lessons for U.S. Clinical Labs

IN WHAT COULD BE A CAUTIONARY TALE FOR CLINICAL LABORATORIES, a cybersecurity researcher has reported the discovery of a medical laboratory database that publicly exposed COVID-19 test records containing people’s personal data, including their names, passport numbers, appointment details, and test …

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OIG Reports Its Findings about CDC’s First COVID Test Problems

ONE MAJOR FAILURE BY FEDERAL AGENCIES in the first days of the COVID-19 pandemic was the development and release of an inaccurate and unreliable SARS-CoV-2 test, intended for use by public health labs. This was the finding of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) …

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Anatomic Pathology Referrals Topic of OIG Advisory Opinion 23-06

THANKS TO A RECENTLY-RELEASED ADVISORY OPINION issued this fall by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) Department of Health and Human Services, there is a new compliance twist involving billing for the technical component (TC) for anatomic pathology procedures. A…

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SALSA Bill Resurfaces, Poised to Reduce Upcoming PAMA Cuts

ANOTHER ROUND OF STIFF PRICE CUTS TO THE MEDICARE PART B CLINICAL LABORATORY FEE SCHEDULE (CLFS) is just months away, with the provisions of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) set to resume on Jan. 1. In…

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Eight Macro Trends for Clinical Labs in 2023

CEO SUMMARY: Laboratory administrators and pathologists will want to carefully study eight important trends that will guide their business strategies in 2023. Many of these macro trends center on financial and operational difficulties and ways to steer around these obstacles. Anothe…

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2021’s Top 10 Lab Stories Highlight Important Trends

This is an excerpt of a 3,075-word article in the December 20, 2021 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Much like 2020, the pandemic dominated our new list of the top 10 lab stories for 2021. Beyond…

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2021’s Top 10 Lab Stories Confirm Important Trends

CEO SUMMARY: Much like 2020, the pandemic dominated our new list of the top 10 lab industry stories for 2021. Beyond COVID-19 testing, the virus crept its way into long-term trends, such as pathology jobs and technology innovation. New ways of delivering healthcare will need respons…

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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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