• Montana National Guard to help state's lab with COVID-19 response

    Seven volunteer Montana National Guard soldiers will begin assisting the state's lab Sept. 15 with its COVID-19 response, the governor's office said. 
  • Lab tech salaries by state — Alaska is No. 1 at $69,390

    The average annual salary for clinical lab technicians in the U.S. is $55,990, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics' occupational employment statistics survey released March 31.
  • New portable device can quickly diagnose COVID-19, other diseases

    Engineers at the University of Texas at Austin have created a "lab-on-a-chip" device that can detect small amounts of virus in a sample. With the device, one silicon chip can test several patients with the accuracy of a clinical test, without the need for a trip to the hospital.
  • Labcorp to offer home collection kits to some Medicare Advantage members

    Burlington, N.C.-based Labcorp is offering Medicare Advantage-qualifying members of Philadelphia-based Independence Blue Cross home collection kits to manage diabetes and screen for colon cancer and kidney disease in those with diabetes, the company said Sept. 9. 
  • Wisconsin health system selects 4medica to manage lab data

    Data management firm 4medica will provide services for Wisconsin's Marshfield Clinic Health system's labs, Marina Del Rey, Calif.-based 4medica said Sept. 8.
  • New Jersey lab error delays positive COVID-19 test results

    New Jersey reported an abnormally low 268 new confirmed positive COVID-19 tests Sept. 7. State Department of Health spokesperson Nancy Kearney said the number was lower than in recent weeks due to a lab processing error.
  • Georgia lab completes validation of combination respiratory test panel

    Alpharetta, Ga.-based Provista Diagnostics, a clinical diagnostics lab owned by medical diagnostics company Todos Medical, cleared all necessary hurdles to begin producing its new respiratory test panel, the lab said in a Sept. 1 news release.
  • Kaiser Permanente says lab glitch led to backlog of thousands of COVID-19 tests 

    Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente said that technical issues with lab system processing have led to thousands of delayed COVID-19 test results since the end of July, GovTech reported Sept. 2. 
  • Kentucky city gets its first cancer genomics lab

    Louisville, Ky.-based Norton Healthcare opened a cancer genomics lab, the company said in a Sept. 2 news release. It is the first lab in the city with on-site genomic testing.
  • COVID-19 surge overloading testing labs, causing backlogs

    COVID-19 testing labs around the country are again seeing delays in test result reporting, according to reports from California and Ohio. 
  • Owner of Texas lab company pleads guilty to $73M Medicare fraud scheme

    Leonel Palatnik, 42, co-owner of Dallas-based Panda Conservation Group, a medical lab company, pleaded guilty Aug. 31 for his role in a $73 million Medicare kickback conspiracy, according to a Justice Department news release. Mr. Palatnik paid kickbacks to a telehealth company in exchange for orders for medically unnecessary genetic testing. 
  • Texas lab to offer free COVID testing to 500 schools

    Dallas-based Kai Medical Laboratory will offer free COVID-19 testing in 500 Texas schools, Steven McAuley, CEO of the lab's parent company Empower Clinics, told Proactive. The lab can guarantee free testing thanks to its recent registration with the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act program.
  • Indianapolis lab sees 300% increase in COVID-19 test requests, driven by pediatricians

    With a new school year underway, Indianapolis-based testing lab Aria Diagnostics is seeing four times as many COVID-19 test requests as before schools reopened, Fox 59 reported. Most of the requests are coming from pediatricians.
  • PathGroup's 2nd dermatology acquisition of 2021: An Alabama lab

    Nashville, Tenn.-based lab services company PathGroup acquired Birmingham, Ala.-based DermLab, an independent dermatopathology laboratory, the company said Aug. 30. The move is the company's latest in a series of acquisitions in the southeastern U.S.
  • The 9 fastest-growing lab companies

    Nine laboratory companies appeared on Inc. 5000's 2021 list of fastest-growing private companies.
  • Mayo Clinic study finds antibody combination treatment reduces COVID-19 hospitalization rates

    Mayo Clinic researchers have found that monoclonal antibody treatments using casirivimab and imdevimab kept high-risk COVID-19 patients out of the hospital, Mayo Clinic said Aug. 30.
  • San Diego biotech firm opens new animal research lab

    Explora BioLabs, a preclinical biotechnology research company, opened a new vivarium — a plant and animal research lab — on Aug. 23.
  • Kidney care company opens test site in Mississippi

    Spectra Laboratories, a subsidiary of kidney care company Fresenius Medical Care, has opened a 200,000-square-foot renal lab in Southaven, Miss., the DeSoto Times-Tribune reported Aug. 20.
  • Labs unable to specify which COVID-19 variant patients have

    Despite recent COVID-19 surges largely due to the spread of the delta variant and vaccine hesitancy, most physicians and their patients are legally prevented from knowing which variant infected them because of regulatory hurdles, Insider reported.
  • Massachusetts hospital opens COVID testing lab

    Burlington, Mass.-based Lahey Hospital & Medical Center has completed a new 3,100-square-foot COVID-19 testing lab, the New England Real Estate Journal reported Aug. 20.

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