Lawmakers are still wrangling over whether to include these two key lab industry bills in an end-of-year spending package due to pass next week.
Even as layoffs hit labs due to declining demand for COVID-19 testing, a wave of departing workers and a depleted trainee pipeline make personnel hard to come by.
The agency is drawing criticism for a proposed CLIA update that would recognize nursing degrees as sufficient education for performing high-complexity testing.
There Was Already a Molecular, Microbiology Lab Employee Shortage, Then SARS-CoV-2 Pandemic Hit
The pandemic has heightened a preexisting staffing crunch, leading labs to increase pay, redeploy staff, and take on trainees to meet personnel needs.
UnitedHealthcare Reimbursement Cuts Have Texas Pathology Groups on Edge
The insurer has issued new, lower, fee schedules to a number of Texas pathology labs, raising concerns that it could be part of a broader move to cut rates.