ECRI shows how to ensure tests don't get lost in the shuffle
January 17, 2020 -- The ECRI Institute has published information aimed at improving the tracking of diagnostic testing results, including a white paper with case studies on implementing best practices at ambulatory care facilities.  Discuss
CMS delays data reporting for labs
January 17, 2020 -- As expected, the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the timeline for labs to report data on tests by one year -- from the first quarter of 2020 to the first quarter of 2021.
CompuGroup revamps lab software
January 17, 2020 -- Electronic health solutions company CompuGroup Medical has released updates to its Labdaq laboratory information system and Labnexus cloud-based web portal, with changes reflecting feedback from customers.
Survey: Doctors would take pay cut to reduce burnout
January 16, 2020 -- Some 50% of physicians queried in a new survey said they would take a salary reduction of as much as $50,000 annually to reduce burnout. Out of 29 medical specialties, pathologists ranked 23rd, with 36% reporting burnout, according to a January 15 report from Medscape.  Discuss
KDx bladder cancer urine test gets breakthrough designation
January 10, 2020 -- KDx Diagnostics said that its URO17 immunocytochemical biomarker test for detecting bladder cancer recurrence has received the breakthrough device designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
AI seeks role in evaluating prostate biopsies
January 9, 2020 -- An investigational artificial intelligence (AI) system demonstrated excellent performance for differentiating benign from cancerous findings in prostate biopsies and matched the performance of urological pathologist experts for gauging disease severity, researchers reported online January 8 in Lancet Oncology.  Discuss
Machine learning, tumor DNA testing a winning combo in colon cancer
January 7, 2020 -- A new machine-learning platform helped identify patients with colorectal cancer and predict disease severity with high accuracy in a study of circulating tumor DNA samples, Chinese researchers reported in Science Translational Medicine.  Discuss
Applied BioCode respiratory panel gets U.S. OK
January 7, 2020 -- Applied BioCode's Respiratory Pathogen Panel designed for use with its BioCode MDx-3000 molecular system has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
German insurer may pay for breast gene tests
January 3, 2020 -- German healthcare insurance provider Techniker Krankenkasse may soon start reimbursing for breast cancer gene expression tests, such as Agendia's MammaPrint.
CAP's quality registry passes muster with Medicare for 2020
January 2, 2020 -- The College of American Pathologists (CAP) quality registry tool for regulatory compliance has been approved for use in 2020 by the U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.