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Beauty Queen Fakes Cancer Diagnosis

| August 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Courtesy of The Washington Post: Brandi Lee Weaver-Gates does not have cancer. The 24-year-old former beauty queen never has, nor has she ever undergone the agonizing trials of chemotherapy. She has never shivered in a hospital room, awaiting her prognosis. She has never been forced to wonder if she would live another year. With that in mind, […]

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Proposed Medicare 2017 Reimbursement Schedule Whacks Biopsy Payments; Digital Pathology Payments Up

| July 20, 2016 | 3 Comments

The bread and butter of every surgical pathologist, the 88305 biopsy code, among others for larger specimens, face a significant reduction for technical cost reimbursement.  The professional reimbursements are expected to change very little. The proposed reimbursement for an 88305 of under $3o I believe is getting close to what it may cost many labs […]

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Vice President Biden Addresses Attendees at ASCO 2016

| June 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

“This is good news in the fight against cancer. With the launch of this new national resource, anyone can freely access raw genomic and clinical data for 12,000 patients – with more records to follow. Increasing the pool of researchers who can access data and decreasing the time it takes for them to review and […]

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FDA Approves First Liquid Biopsy Test for Use in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Exciting news today from FDA with news of approval of first liquid biopsy test for use in non-small cell lung cancer.  The cobas EGFR test is already approved for use in formalin-fixed paraffin-embedded (FFPE) tissue. This new use is intended for detection of these specific mutations in circulating-free tumor DNA (cfDNA) from plasma for first […]

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VP Joe Biden to Speak at ASCO 2016 Special Session

| June 1, 2016 | 0 Comments

Curious to see how 30,000 practicing oncologists react to this and what the level of interest will be in what the VP has to say.  My general sense over these past few months among oncologists is a fair amount of skepticism to the initiative with specific regards to how data is shared and exchanged in […]

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Mayo Clinic Awarded Funding to Support World’s Largest Research-Cohort Biobank

| May 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

As part of President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI), the National Institutes of Health will award $142 million over five years to the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, to establish the world’s largest research-cohort biobank for the PMI Cohort Program, a longitudinal research study which aims to enroll 1 million or more U.S. participants to advance precision medicine. […]

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FDA Technical Guidance Document Does Not Go Far Enough

| May 13, 2016 | 0 Comments

As many readers are aware, on April 20th the FDA released its Technical Guidance Document for Digital Pathology Whole Slide Imaging Devices after draft proposal/review from February of last year. Given its title, this is a technical document, obviously. However, in my opinion, the document, beginning with draft to this finished product, I am sure despite comments to […]

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FDA’s Technical Performance Assessment of Digital Pathology Whole Slide Imaging Devices

| May 10, 2016 | 0 Comments

WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO ME? The Digital Pathology Association 2016 Webinar Series – Session 2 Available to Members Only Thursday, May 25, 2016 | 1pm EST Learn more about the newly released FDA Guidance for Technical Performance Assessment of Digital Pathology Whole Slide Imaging Devices. What does it mean to you? Members of the DPA […]

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The Dark Side of The Moon

With all due respect to Pink Floyd, it seems there is some growing concern the National Cancer Moonshot Initiative is running off course a bit with its recent selection of the “Blue Ribbon Panel” and who is at the table for high level discussions concerning this initiative.  I made some remarks to this in a recent […]

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$40 Pathology Report Reads and Understanding Your Pathology Report

| April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Every once in awhile something hits my Facebook feed that makes me wonder how it got there and who means what by it. Beyond the family updates, births, deaths, marriages, divorces, Cubs and Blackhawk updates most recently, I saw one for “Find Out What All Those Numbers Mean – Pathology Reports”. The post (and the […]

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Cancer News in the News Summary

| April 23, 2016 | 0 Comments

Lot going on in cancer care, data mining, cancer immunotherapy funding last week I thought worth sharing.  Clinical pathways, moonshot, data warehousing/mining, IT, immunotherapy to be key words in cancer care, treatment and research for the foreseeable future.  Is all of this activity helping or hurting large scale collaborations? Are ACS and ASCO talking with each other […]

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Cancer Moonshot Program Seeks Input Through Online Platform

| April 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

Vice-President Biden is taking the administration’s last year push to “double the rate of progress towards a cancer cure” to the Vatican and now, the public.  I am beginning to have my doubts as of nearly the month of May…”The community involvement that the initiative garners will allow us to consider novel, creative ideas that might […]

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Register Now for Webinar: Pathology Drives Cancer Moonshot Initiative

| April 19, 2016 | 0 Comments

REGISTER NOW! Since the Moonshot hit Congress, how can pathologists and other clinicians play a more significant role in the war on cancer? Changes in the way healthcare is delivered are driving the industry aggressively toward more cost effective, value-based care models. Technology that enables the delivery of medicine in this new paradigm connects healthcare […]

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Massachusetts General Hospital To Begin Clinical Validation Study Using Philips’ IntelliSite Solution

| March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

News today courtesy of Philips announcing MGH as a primary site for a clinical validation trial based here in the United States for reproducibility of whole slide imaging (WSI) to glass slides. The PI on the study, Dr. Joe Lennerz has been involved with imaging and clinical trials for some time and also has interests […]

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