Blood centers claim FDA safety rules threaten patient access
October 4, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) should continue to assess the effects of new guidance for controlling the risk of bacterial contamination of platelets in blood collection establishments and transfusion services, according to America's Blood Centers, a large network of community-based, independent blood programs in North America.
AI algorithm can accurately diagnose appendicitis
October 2, 2019 -- By analyzing lab values and ultrasound data, an artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm can be highly accurate for diagnosing acute appendicitis and could potentially help avoid unnecessary surgery in two-thirds of patients without appendicitis, according to research published online September 25 in PLOS One.  Discuss
Medicare genetic testing fraud spurs federal charges
September 30, 2019 -- Thirty-five individuals have been charged in relation to more than $2.1 billion in fraudulent billing for expensive, unnecessary genetic cancer testing of Medicare patients, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
CAP President Dr. Patrick Godbey sees pathology in driver's seat of medicine
September 26, 2019 -- ORLANDO, FL - Nowadays, it's hard to think of a disease process that the clinical laboratory doesn't outright diagnose or manage. But it hasn't always been that way, commented Dr. Patrick Godbey, the new president of the College of American Pathologists (CAP), in an interview at the organization's annual meeting.  Discuss
Sysmex, LabCorp extend hematology automation pact
September 26, 2019 -- Sysmex America and LabCorp announced they are extending their hematology automation agreement. Sysmex America is providing LabCorp Diagnostics' primary reference laboratories with Sysmex's upgraded XN series technology.
CAP paints rosy picture of pathology jobs
September 25, 2019 -- ORLANDO, FL - The outlook for pathologist jobs in the U.S. appears good, in contrast with recent pessimistic reports, according to a survey of practice leaders discussed at the College of American Pathologists (CAP) annual meeting.  Discuss
USPSTF maintains status quo on asymptomatic bacteriuria screening
September 24, 2019 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) essentially has reaffirmed its previous guidance on asymptomatic bacteriuria screening. In a recommendation statement published September 24 in the Journal of the American Medical Association, the USPSTF continued to recommend screening for asymptomatic bacteriuria in pregnant women with urine culture and continued not to recommend screening of nonpregnant adults.  Discuss
FDA seeks patient engagement in device design, development
September 24, 2019 -- The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has published draft guidance on how device manufacturers should engage patients when designing medical devices.
CAP: Action on surprise medical bills may collapse, despite bipartisan support
September 23, 2019 -- ORLANDO, FL - Federal legislative efforts tackling surprise medical bills face an uncertain future, despite bipartisan support and the potential for billions of dollars in cost savings, presenters said during a session at the College of American Pathologists (CAP) annual meeting.  Discuss
ASCP recognizes best practices in test utilization
September 23, 2019 -- The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) announced this year's selection of Choosing Wisely Champions -- lab professionals who demonstrate mastery in ensuring the appropriateness of test ordering.