• Medicare spending on routine lab work fell 16% in 2020

    At the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, Medicare spending on lab tests increased overall, despite spending for non-COVID-19 tests falling for the first time since 2016, according to the Office of the Inspector General at HHS.
  • Labcorp: 9 things to know headed into 2022

    Burlington, N.C.-based Labcorp had a strong 2021. Here are nine developments to know from the last 12 months:
  • Oklahoma lab struggling after move, privatization: 8 things to know

    The state of Oklahoma ranks last in COVID-19 sequencing, according to the CDC, despite being the only state to establish a pandemic lab.
  • Quest Diagnostics acquires Labtech Diagnostics

    Secaucus, N.J.-based Quest Diagnostics has acquired all assets of clinical diagnostic lab provider Labtech Diagnostics, based in Anderson, S.C.
  • Cleveland Clinic lab finds omicron in recent samples

    The COVID-19 omicron variant has been detected through genomic sequencing in Cleveland Clinic's lab, according to a Dec. 13 Ideastream Public Media report.
  • House passes bill to delay payment cuts for 600 lab tests

    The U.S. House of Representatives passed a legislative package Dec. 7 that includes a one-year delay to reimbursement cuts for nearly 600 clinical lab tests, according to a Dec. 8 MedTechDive report.
  • 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.

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