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Artificial Intelligence Is Ready to Deliver for Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Artificial intelligence (AI) may be one of the most over-used terms to describe a host of different applications, software tools, and products. However, during the past year, some truly revolutionary digital tools are now in use by a small number of innovative clinical laboratories…

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NJ Lab Sues UnitedHealth Over Unpaid Test Claims

CEO SUMMARY: New case law in how health insurers should reimburse for COVID-19 lab test claims might be one outcome if a New Jersey lab company were to prevail in a federal lawsuit it filed against UnitedHealthcare alleging non-payment of COVID-19 test claims. An interesting fact me…

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June 14, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Is it possible to use a genetic test to predict an individual’s risk of severe infection requiring hospitalization or death from SARS-CoV-2? That is the claim of Australian-based molecular diagnostics company Genetic Technologies Limited. It recently announced an agreement with U.S.-based …

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May 24, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

With little fanfare, the company that was incorporated as Laboratory Corporation of America Holdings rebranded itself. It is now officially called Labcorp (with a lower case c). This won’t be much of a change for the clinical laboratory profession, which has long seen the company use …

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May 3, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Superman, the superhero of DC Comics and movies, recently gave a positive shout-out to lab professionals during the 45th Annual Lab Week. The American Society of Clinical Pathology (ASCP) gave its Lab Week recognition a theme of “Avengers of…

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April 12, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

One clinical laboratory company now says it provides COVID-19 testing services to all five of the major men’s professional sports leagues in the United States. On April 1, BioReference Laboratories, Inc. (BRLI), a division of Opko Health, announced a new agreement with Major League…

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March 22, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

This may be the nation’s first federal case of fraud and abuse involving a clinical laboratory company specializing in microbiome testing. In San Francisco last week, federal prosecutors filed multiple criminal charges against bankrupt uBiome, formerly based in San Francisco, Jessica Richman…

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March 1, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Even as the nation’s clinical laboratories work to expand the number of molecular COVID-19 tests they can perform daily, the demand for such tests is plunging. That’s one conclusion in a news story published by the Associated Press in recent days. The AP illustrated this fact with t…

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February 8, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Pathologists and clinical lab managers with an entrepreneurial yen will be interested to know that Anthem, Inc., which serves 43 million beneficiaries, has launched a digital incubator. The new initiative was announced last month. Fierce Healthcare reported that the…

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January 19, 2021 Intelligence: Late-Breaking Lab News

Just days ago, the federal Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued updated information about the COVID-19 tests it has authorized since early in the pandemic. As of Jan. 15, 2021, the agency had authorized a total of 317 tests for the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus. Included in this total are 236 mo…

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