• Reimbursement rates for 600 lab tests to be cut in January

    Facing a government shutdown, the U.S. House and Senate passed a stopgap funding bill on Dec. 2, but Medicare reimbursement cuts for a slate of lab tests were not addressed in the bill, according to a Dec. 6 MedTechDive report.
  • Allegheny Health opens outpatient center with lab

    Pittsburgh-based Allegheny Health Network opened an outpatient center with a lab in New Kensington, Pa., according to a Dec. 6 TribLive report.
  • Virginia lab creates COVID breath test 

    Researchers at Fairfax, Va.-based George Mason University said they have developed a new way to detect COVID-19, according to a Dec. 6 report by ABC affiliate The Denver Channel.
  • CLMA to be folded into ASCP, memberships to expire Dec. 31

    The Clinical Laboratory Management Association will join the American Society for Clinical Pathology, the organizations said in a Dec. 1 news release.
  • 150 lab workers to be hired at new $100M Cincinnati biotech center

    Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center and research service provider CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services are building a joint-venture cell and gene therapy facility, The Cincinnati Enquirer reported Dec. 2.
  • Pandemic, staff shortage force Pennsylvania lab to close

    Meadville (Pa.) Medical Center is closing one of its two outpatient labs for an unspecified amount of time, the Meadville Tribune reported Dec. 1.
  • Akoya's biopharma lab earns CLIA certification

    Marlborough, Mass.-based Akoya Biosciences was awarded CLIA certification for its Advanced Biopharma Solutions lab, the company said in a Nov. 30 news release.
  • Washington lab to test omicron strain against current vaccines

    Labs at Seattle-based University of Washington Medicine are gearing up to test the COVID-19 omicron variant against current vaccines and natural immunity to other strains, according to a Nov. 29 report by NBC affiliate KING-5.
  • US labs preparing for omicron, sequencing 80K positive test samples per week

    With the COVID-19 omicron variant expected to be detected in the U.S. soon, public health labs are ramping up testing efforts and prioritizing sequencing of positive samples with an "s-gene dropout," a marker absent in the delta strain, according to a Nov. 30 Politico report.
  • New infectious disease lab in Tennessee is only one for 400 miles

    Chattanooga, Tenn.-based Athena Esoterix is opening a 3,850-square-foot infectious disease lab, according to a Nov. 26 Chattanooga Times Free Press report.
  • Illinois lab earns CAP accreditation

    Carthage, Ill.-based Memorial Hospital Laboratory was awarded accreditation by the College of American Pathologists, according to a Nov. 25 The McDonough County Voice report.
  • Sanctions withdrawn against California COVID-19 test lab

    The California Department of Public Health's Valencia Branch Laboratory won't be issued sanctions after the department investigated the COVID-19 testing lab for much of the year, according to a Nov. 22 The Press Democrat report.
  • Cardinal Health eases lab understaffing with supply automation

    Dublin, Ohio-based lab product manufacturer Cardinal Health is opening its automated supply management business to clinical labs, the company said in a Nov. 18 news release.
  • Tissue sectioning robot company lands $32M funding

    Hawthorne, N.Y.-based medical robotics company Clarapath netted $16 million in follow-on financing after a previous close of $16 million in series B funding, the company said in a Nov. 18 news release.
  • Lab tech job market: growth projections, pay and other essential data

    The COVID-19 pandemic brought higher visibility to medical labs and the people who make them run. Becker's Hospital Review has compiled job data for lab technicians and distilled it to the most essential data points.
  • Smallpox-labeled vials unearthed in Pennsylvania Merck lab

    A Merck lab worker in Pennsylvania found five vials labeled "smallpox" in a lab freezer, according to a Nov. 18 New York Times report. The worker was masked and gloved.
  • $5M lab supply deal inked for Medline, Texas system

    Northfield, Ill.-based Medline, the largest private medical supply manufacturer and distributor in the U.S., landed a $5 million deal with Edinburg, Texas-based DHR Health, the company said in a Nov. 16 news release.
  • HHS reinstates FDA review of lab-developed COVID-19 tests

    HHS is withdrawing a 2020 policy that limited the FDA's review process of certain lab tests, including some COVID-19 tests, the agency said Nov. 15.
  • Cancer lab firm names Dave Daly to its board

    Cancer-focused genetic testing services firm NeoGenomics, based in Fort Myers, Fla., has named Singular Genomics President and COO Dave Daly to its board, according to a Nov. 14 Business Observer report.
  • Lab owner sentenced to 82 months in prison for Medicare kickback scheme

    Leonel Palatnik, 42, co-owner of Dallas-based Panda Conservation Group, a medical lab company, was sentenced to 82 months in prison for his role in a $73 million Medicare kickback scheme, according to a Nov. 9 Justice Department news release.

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