Two Positive Messages to Focus on at Year’s End

Clinical laboratory managers and anatomic pathologists are winding down another tumultuous year for the healthcare industry. It was a year marked by unexpected twists and turns. 

It was also a year marked by two positive developments for labs. First, the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic seems to have peaked, even as new variants appear. Second, labs continue to prove to be extraordinarily resourceful. 

At this time, COVID-19 appears to be heading towards endemic territory. Judging by how many people have stayed home from work, school, or holiday parties this year because they had possible symptoms of COVID-19, a reasonable conclusion is that consumers are hearing the messages from clinicians about the need to monitor this disease through testing and isolation when needed. 

Certainly the public currently is bombarded weekly from the media about threats of a “tripledemic” involving COVID-19, influenza, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). RSV is a common illness among young children that suddenly got tremendous amounts of publicity because of rising cases this fall. Flu hospitalizations are increasing, particularly for pediatric RSV cases. 

In response to these developments, one big lab lesson of the past three years continues to be true: clinical laboratories have the expertise, creativity, and technology to support the country through difficult periods with infectious diseases. 

As for being resourceful, we are preaching to those many pathologists, clinical chemists, medical technologists, microbiologists, and other lab scientists who have demonstrated this talent as they react to the continual changes in test volumes and needs of the U.S. healthcare system. This continues to happen, despite the ongoing cuts to lab test reimbursement made by Medicare and private health insurers that erode the ability of labs to consistently deliver top service and high quality test results for the physicians and patients they serve. 

As we here at The Dark Report wrap up 2022 and prepare to greet the New Year, we send all of you our thanks and appreciation for your ongoing support. We do our best to help you and your lab teams stay resourceful and effective. Cheers to the New Year!

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