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Consequences of Flint’s Water Crisis, Part 2
March 16, 2016 11:11 AM by Lindsey Nolen
A major challenge facing the Flint community in years to come will be identifying which children are at the highest risk of contamination-related problems and determining all future evidence of injury. This will be critical because, even after lead exposure Read More...
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Consequences of Flint’s Water Crisis, Part 1
February 17, 2016 4:28 PM by Lindsey Nolen
No one expects having to fear consumption of their local water supply. Yet residents of Flint, Mich., are currently experiencing just that due to the city’s self-induced water crisis. After dangerous amounts of lead were found in Flint’s drinking water, Read More...
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ACLA Comments to CMS
July 14, 2014 2:40 PM by Kerri Penno
In public comments presented to the CMS today, the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) provided input on various aspects of implementing relevant provisions of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 ("PAMA"), which modifies the Medicare Read More...
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Sunshine Act on Cloudy Finances
January 29, 2014 3:37 PM by Michael Jones
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act, or ObamaCare, has already seen several new laws and regulatory measures introduced since its implementation, with many more soon to be on the horizon. One of these is the Sunshine Act, a law requiring public Read More...
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CMS Reconsiders Reimbursement Cap
December 19, 2013 4:49 PM by Michael Jones
Across the country, laboratories and laboratory professionals have been bracing themselves for substantial cuts to Medicare reimbursements planned to move forward in the coming year. According to a press release from ASCP, the proposed cuts would have Read More...
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Genetics and Litigation
December 11, 2013 1:16 PM by Michael Jones
In recent months, there has been a lot of litigation and government influence regarding companies offering genetic sequencing services. Following the memorable SCOTUS ruling against Myriad Genetics in June and the company’s subsequent law suit involving Read More...
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AACC Urges Action
May 21, 2013 11:47 AM by Kerri Penno
The AACC is urging laboratory professionals to contact their members of Congress and request that they support H.R.1248, the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Reauthorization Act, which would preserve recent advances in state newborn screening programs. Earlier Read More...
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A Trip Down Memory Lane
May 10, 2013 12:15 PM by Michael Jones
There’s a scene in the 60s-era AMC series “Mad Men” that involves a pregnant woman smoking and drinking while her friend’s child runs around with a dry cleaning bag over her head. All of this happens in the space of about a minute, and there are so many Read More...
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Generic OxyContin Not Approved By FDA
April 19, 2013 2:41 PM by Michael Jones
The idea of making a potentially dangerous drug less prone to abuse is something that stands out in the effort to stop prescription drug misuse in the United States. Many companies have incorporated time release capsules to curb the possibility of abuse, Read More...
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"Bedless Hospitals"
April 3, 2013 1:08 PM by Michael Jones
The introduction of two new hospital facilities in the US marks the beginning of a shift in the healthcare industry. According to a recent news release from Dark Daily, a nationwide change from inpatient- to outpatient-based treatment approaches has resulted Read More...
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In the Genes
March 27, 2013 4:40 PM by Michael Jones
The ethical implications of genetic sequencing are really only just beginning to be fully realized, and these questions continue to contribute to the growing debate over information provided by the human genome. A recent story from NPR chronicled Henrietta Read More...
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Real Life Gattaca?
December 7, 2012 12:55 PM by Michael Jones
I remember studying genetics in high school biology and watching Gattaca (1997), which genuinely blew my mind. On its own, genome sequencing seemed like a concept that science ripped directly from the pages of fiction. I could barely wrap my mind around Read More...
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Uncertainty in Healthcare
May 9, 2012 11:41 AM by Lynn
It’s hard enough to work in an environment where there’s some uncertainty—perhaps regarding job security, technology implementations and effects and the like. Today, however, there’s monumental vagueness or doubts on a host of issues directly impacting Read More...
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FDA in the Hot Seat
April 25, 2012 10:39 AM by Lynn
Although the FDA has good intentions, it is often scrutinized for the amount of time it takes to review submissions, approve clinical trials and the like. And today is no exception. Expertbriefings.com released an article, “How the FDA Stifles New Cures, Read More...
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From ‘Big Brother' to Hospital Debacle: A HIPAA Nightmare
April 12, 2012 8:06 AM by Valerie Newitt
Few Americans are aware that the TV hit "Big Brother" first debuted on Dutch television. The diminutive Netherlands has made some bold moves in television-land. For example, there was "De Grote Donorshow" ( The Big Donor Show ) broadcast in 2007. The Read More...
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