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TOP 10 LAB STORIES OF 2017

1. CMS Sticks by Decision to Deeply Cut Medicare Part B Lab Test Fees SHORT OF A MIRACLE, the clinical laboratory industry is less than three weeks from the single most financially-disruptive event of the past 30 years. On Jan. 1, the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Service…

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Congress Seems Ready to Tackle LDT Regulation

RECENT DEVELOPMENTS SIGNAL THAT THE FIGHT over FDA regulation of laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) is about to intensify. Last month, two Congressional representatives announced a new bill about LDTs that they said was a “discussion draft.” The bill is titled the “Diagnostic Accuracy and Innova…

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NY Times Asks: ‘Is Lab Testing the Wild West?’

HOW MANY OF YOU SAW THE NEWS STORY PUBLISHED LAST MONTH by The Wall Street Journal with the headline, “Is Lab Testing the ‘Wild West’ of Medicine?” It is the latest in a series of news stories about issues and questions involving the accuracy and quality of clinical laboratory tests …

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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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LabCorp, Quest Diagnostics Report Improved Q-3 Revenue

THIRD QUARTER EARNINGS at each of the nation’s two biggest public lab companies showed improved growth in revenue and specimen volume, as compared to recent years. Laboratory Corporation of America was first to release its financial report for the quarter ending September 30, 2014…

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September 02, 2014 “Intelligence: Late- Breaking News”

There will be one less vendor of laboratory information systems (LIS) when a major acquisition is completed. Last month, Siemens AG announced that it would sell Siemens Health Services to Cerner Corp. for a price of $1.3 billion. Analysts believe tha…

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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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Lab Industry Unprepared For FDA Action on LDTs

CEO SUMMARY: News stories about the FDA’s stated intention to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) generally play up the agency’s comments about the need to assert regulatory oversight of genetic tests and direct consumer access testing. But what has gone unremarked by …

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Many Questions About FDA Regulation of LDTs

CEO SUMMARY: Ask most pathologists and laboratory administrators about the FDA’s intent to regulate laboratory-developed tests (LDTs), and they will likely answer that it is to control web-based direct-to-consumer lab testing companies and the rapidly- growing number of proprie…

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