Point-of-care testing tackles diabetes risk in Texas
September 12, 2019 -- One of the key advantages of point-of-care (POC) testing is the ability to offer test results within a matter of minutes, instead of several hours or a few days with central lab testing. Health officials in Texas were able to leverage POC technology to boost participation in a program designed to tackle one county's growing diabetes epidemic.  Discuss
Quest, Hc1 debut lab test utilization service
September 12, 2019 -- Quest Diagnostics and bioinformatics company Hc1 have announced the debut of Quest Lab Stewardship, a machine learning-powered program for tracking and monitoring the appropriateness of lab testing across health systems.
ASCP tackles hepatitis C, stool pathogens, and more in new test guidelines
September 10, 2019 -- The American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) has released five new recommendations for appropriate lab test ordering, including advice against repeat hepatitis C virus testing and testing for community-acquired gastrointestinal pathogens in stool in hospitalized patients.  Discuss
CAP offers guideline on molecular testing in brain cancer
September 9, 2019 -- The College of American Pathologists (CAP) on September 9 released new draft recommendations on biomarkers for diffuse gliomas, the most common group of primary brain tumors. The move recognizes the growing importance of molecular testing in tumor classification.  Discuss
AMP spells out how labs should report genetic test results
September 4, 2019 -- The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) has provided guidance on best practices for pharmacogenomic tests, including quality, compliance with CLIA, and reporting of results to health providers, in a position statement released on September 4.  Discuss
USPSTF proposes big expansion of hepatitis C screening
August 28, 2019 -- The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has vastly expanded its stance on screening for hepatitis C to include all adults -- not just baby boomers and those at high risk -- in a draft recommendation statement published on August 27.  Discuss
Urine tests at root of antibiotic misuse in Blue Cross study
August 28, 2019 -- Urine testing is resulting in the inappropriate treatment of asymptomatic bacteriuria with antibiotics and longer hospital stays, according to a study funded by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan and published online August 26 in JAMA Internal Medicine.  Discuss
VA looks into pathology delays at Tenn. hospital
August 28, 2019 -- The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has completed an investigation into whether a shortage of pathologists at a VA hospital in Tennessee resulted in harm to patients.
More frequent HbA1c testing reduces diabetes costs
August 28, 2019 -- Performing hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) testing four times a year reduces costs and improves quality of life for individuals with diabetes compared to less frequent testing, according to a study conducted by Primary PartnerCare, a physician network in New York.
Group K teams with Health Network on POC liver testing
August 21, 2019 -- Group K Diagnostics plans to test its MultiNostic point-of-care (POC) finger-stick blood test for liver function in a clinical trial through a partnership with Health Network Laboratories, a lab services company with operations in New Jersey and Pennsylvania.