Renee Caruthers covers the clinical laboratory market for 360Dx.
Sensitivity problems with rapid antigen tests are also helping the more accurate rapid molecular tests gain wider acceptance, manufacturers said.
Changes to Medicare reimbursements are forcing hospitals to create lab-focused joint ventures and partner in various ways with other organizations to stay financially viable.
By tapping cloud computing power, ARUP's new "Pipey" system could eventually scale to run 10,000 samples as quickly as it runs one sample.
Deck: Hospital consolidation and payor contracting are key challenges pathology labs face in remaining independent, company officials said.
The registry from the American Society for Clinical Pathology aims to eventually collect metrics on how lab services impact patient outcomes.
The guidelines are the first to attempt to specify which drugs are appropriate to test for routinely, guideline authors say.
A PLUGS collaboration with EviCore resulted in the lab benefit manager creating a policy for covering whole-exome sequencing.
Quest will have a broader relationship with Cleveland Clinic in diagnostic development, the companies say.
With common lab tests under pressure from PAMA pricing, some analysts say labs should shift to more esoteric testing anyway.
The carrier helps diagnostic companies to defray evidence development costs by covering experimental diagnostics on a trial basis.