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SARS-CoV-2 Variant Sequencing Creates New Opportunities for Labs

This is an excerpt of a 2,964-word article in the February 8, 2021 issue of  THE DARK REPORT (TDR). The full article is available to members of The Dark Intelligence Group. CEO SUMMARY: Variants of the COVID-19 virus are appearing across the world. Recent data show the same variants wil…

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Variant Sequencing of SARS-CoV-2 Creates Opportunities for Labs

CEO SUMMARY: Variants of the COVID-19 virus are appearing across the world. Recent data show the same variants will infect people in several different countries. Here in the United States, interest is growing in having clinical laboratories sequence specimens from patients who test pos…

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Congress Passes Bill to Ban Surprise Medical Bills

Starting Jan. 1, 2022, out-of-network clinical laboratories may no longer be allowed to bill patients for lab tests performed in certain settings under a law both houses of Congress passed on Dec. 21.  The COVID relief bill includes a ban on unexpected m…

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Understanding COVID-19’s Changes to Lab Industry

CEO SUMMARY: With the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic about to enter its eighth month in the United States, it remains difficult to predict whether the pandemic will strengthen with the fall influenza season or steadily diminish. What is clear to most pathologists and clinical laboratory executiv…

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Coronavirus Tests Boost Immunology Lab’s Volume

CEO SUMMARY: Physicians treating patients with compromised immune systems who contract the new coronavirus need immunology tests to guide risk-assessment decisions for these patients. At a Virginia lab that specializes in such testing, specimen volume has tripled since the SAR…

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In Michigan, Short Supplies Constrain COVID Test Capacity

CEO SUMMARY: Because of a severe shortage of supplies, members of Michigan’s two hospital laboratory networks have been stymied in their ability to respond to the pandemic and operate their SARS-CoV-2 analyzers at full capacity. The lack of primers, reagents, specimen-collec…

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Lab Directors Develop Plans for Return of Routine Hospital Care

CLINICAL LABORATORY DIRECTORS IN MICHIGAN are developing plans to test patients who will return when hospitals reopen for routine care. Included in those plans are strategies to do testing for the novel coronavirus on patients who will return for everyday care and elective procedures, said Bart…

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March, April Patient Visits Drop at Virginia Physician Group and Lab

DURING THE CARONAVIRUS PANDEMIC, gastroenterology and other physician groups with in-house medical laboratories—like most medical practices and clinical laboratories in the United States—have seen a sharp drop in patient visits and specimen volume. That drop occurred at the same time ga…

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How Northwell’s Lab Team Demonstrated Value Over 10 Years

CEO SUMMARY: Among hospital administrators, the popular wisdom is that their clinical lab is a cost center. This thinking leads them to consider drastic cost-management strategies that include partnering with commercial labs to manage in-hospital lab testing and the outright sale of lab o…

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Nine Lab Groups Say New NCCI Policy Is Inconsistent

CEO SUMMARY: By its name alone, the National Correct Coding Initiative (NCCI) Policy Manual implies that it will be accurate and consistent with other coding initiatives. But nine groups representing various clinical laboratories say NCCI guidelines that the federal Centers for Medicare a…

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