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Xifin introduces latest version of medical billing software
November 16, 2021 -- Health information technology company Xifin has launched a new version of Xifin RPM 14, its revenue cycle management software. The platform enables diagnostic providers to address the industry's biggest reimbursement and regulatory issues, the company said. Read More
House probe says Trump officials changed COVID-19 testing rules
November 15, 2021 -- A subcommittee of the U.S. House of Representatives that's investigating the Trump administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has criticized Trump officials for what it said was their role in changing federal guidelines for COVID-19 testing due to political concerns. Read More
FDA tightens policy on reviews of lab-developed tests
November 15, 2021 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is withdrawing a policy begun during the COVID-19 pandemic that allowed laboratory-developed tests (LDTs) to be marketed without undergoing normal regulatory review. The move is being viewed as an initiative by the FDA to tighten control of LDTs as testing supplies stabilize. Read More
PSA testing rebounds after U.S. task force reverses guidance
November 15, 2021 -- The reversal of national guidance that discouraged prostate cancer screening has led to a substantial rebound in the rate of prostate specific antigen (PSA) testing, according to research published November 11 in JAMA Oncology. Read More
Inflammatix wins $1.7M NIH grant
November 15, 2021 -- Inflammatix has won a $1.7 million grant from the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) that it plans to use to develop a rapid diagnostic test that will identify immune subtypes of sepsis. Read More
Biden taps Califf to once again lead FDA as commissioner
November 12, 2021 -- It's back to the future at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). President Joe Biden on November 12 tapped cardiologist Dr. Robert Califf to lead the agency as commissioner, a role he held from 2016-2017. Read More
Cancer mortality declined by 27% over past five decades
November 12, 2021 -- Substantial progress has been made in reducing mortality from cancer, with rates for all cancers combined declining by 27% overall between 1971 and 2019, according to research published November 11 in JAMA Oncology. Read More
HHS to invest $650M in rapid COVID testing
November 12, 2021 -- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest $650 million from the American Rescue Plan to strengthen manufacturing capacity for COVID-19 diagnostic testing through rapid point-of-care molecular tests. Read More
Lab owner sentenced 82 months over COVID kickback scheme
November 12, 2021 -- A Florida owner of multiple diagnostic testing laboratories was sentenced to 82 months in prison for a scheme to pay and receive kickbacks by exploiting regulatory waivers put in place to ensure access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Read More
The next phase of diagnostic testing is here and ready to scale
November 11, 2021 -- The new COVID-19 landscape combined with the arduous shifts in healthcare staffing further supports the integration of automation in diagnostics. While automated diagnostic systems have been available in the U.S. for the past few years, there remains untapped potential from which patients, providers, and laboratorians can benefit. Read More
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