LabCorp and Quest Announce Availability of COVID-19 Testing

Quest Announces: Coronavirus (COVID-19) testing now available

As the world leader in diagnostic information services, Quest Diagnostics is committed to fast action on emerging health threats for which laboratory testing can provide critical insights aiding response.  Quest Diagnostics is now able to receive COVID-19 specimens and perform testing. The Quest Diagnostics test for COVID-19 is now available nationally. Patients should be prioritized for testing of COVID-19 if they meet the CDC criteria, including those who may have been exposed to the virus or had contact with someone confirmed to have COVID-19, who show signs and symptoms (eg, fever, cough, difficulty breathing), or who live in or recently traveled to a place where transmission of COVID-19 is prevalent.

Details: ‬‪https://www.questdiagnostics.com/home/Covid-19/

LabCorp Announces: The LabCorp 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAA test is available for ordering by physicians or other authorized healthcare providers anywhere in the U.S.

LabCorp continues to perform its 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) test and to increase test capacity for patients who should be tested. We are working closely with the CDC, FDA and others on a swift response to address this public health crisis. Our team is proud to play an important role as part of an industry consortium that is working every day to meet the growing demand for national testing. Our utmost concern is for the safety of the public, patients, healthcare service providers, and our employees. LabCorp is now able to perform several thousand tests per day and is rapidly adding new equipment and staff to create additional capacity. We continue reviewing all opportunities to expand testing at LabCorp lab facilities across the country.

The LabCorp 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), NAA test is available for ordering by physicians or other authorized healthcare providers anywhere in the U.S.

Details: https://www.labcorp.com/tests/139900/2019-novel-coronavirus-covid-19-naa

Killer Algorithms at the Drug Store

Guest post by Barbara Duck, @MedicalQuack: http://ducknetweb.blogspot.com/

Cigna & United Healthcare Face Class Action Suits-PBM Over Charging Customers for Prescriptions, OptumRX Pharmacy Benefit Management Software-“Front Running” Consumers With Killer Algorithms at the Drug Store

Here we go again.  If you haven’t figured this out yet, when you buy a Cigna Health insurance policy you get a two for one with 2 insurers.  Cigna provides the insurance benefits and then it’s pharmacy benefit manager, PBM OptumRX (biggest revenue sector subsidiary of United Healthcare) that runs all their formulas via the computer and tells the pharmacist what to charge you.  (Video at the break below-watch it!)

If You Are Insured byCigna, Guess What You Have a New Pharmacy Benefit Manager Named United Healthcare

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