Dark Daily publishes an article about how clinical labs can enter precision medicine and what they can expect (challenges, denials, audits). The webinar on March 22, 2017 was presented by XIFIN’s VP of Advanced Diagnostics, Kyle Fetter and Translational Software’s CEO, Don Rule and VP of Sales & Marketing, Yoav Sibony. For a full webinar see online for purchasing options.

Ongoing Growth in Volume of Clinical Laboratory Tests That Support Precision Medicine Due to Physician Acceptance; Payers Still Have Concerns

March 16, 2017
Michael McBride

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“It’s also feasible for a lab to start its precision medicine strategy by referring out testing in the early stages and using third-party experts to do the interpretations,” [Don] Rule advised. “Then, as specimen volume increases, and the lab’s clinical team gains more experience with these molecular and genetic tests, it becomes easy to bring that testing in-house to develop the market further with faster turnaround times and in-house expertise that local physicians appreciate.”

 

As one example, a growing number of long-term care facilities are using tests to practice precision medicine—and paying for these tests under value-based arrangements—because so many of their patients are taking from 10 to 15 prescriptions each day. If a lab test indicates that the patient may not be getting therapeutic benefit from a specific drug (or that there are negative side effects from the polypharmacy), then the long-term care facility is money ahead because of less spending on drugs and the decreased care costs from patients who remain healthier. In the extreme case, the care facility might lose a patient to a skilled nursing facility due to mental fog or a fall that is precipitated by adverse drug effects.

 

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