The Dark Report Interviews the CDC’s Reynolds Salerno, PhD

Oct. 31, 2022, issue also explores dicey financial performance at U.S. hospitals

Reynolds Salerno, PhD, had a front row view into the federal government’s response, both to the SARS-CoV-2 pan­demic and the recent monkeypox outbreak. As Director of the Division of Laboratory Systems (DLS) at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Salerno played an instrumental role in how diagnostic testing was provided during recent public health emergencies.

In this exclusive interview with The Dark Report, Salerno explains why the clinical labo­ratory and public health worlds will come together and how that relationship has been strained in the past. He also dis­cusses possible revisions to the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of 1988 (CLIA), previewing Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee (CLIAC) recommendations that he considers could be significant reforms to CLIA.

As Salerno notes, “I antici­pate that CLIAC will begin to pressure the federal government to make more sub­stantive changes to the CLIA regulations.”

Elsewhere in the issue, The Dark Report:

  • Looks at how U.S. hospitals are poised to lose billions of dollars this year and what that means for clinical laboratory managers.
  • Explores why revisited testimony from the trial of ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes paints a more detailed picture of CLIA lab director responsibilities.
  • Details what a possible merger of Qiagen and Bio-Rad Laboratories might mean for in vitro diagnostics customers.
  • Reviews Ravgen’s $272.5 million jury verdict over Labcorp regarding genetic testing patent infringements.

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