PathGroup Acquires DermLab to Strengthen Dermatopathology Presence in the Southeastern United States

NASHVILLE, Tenn.— August 30, 2021 – PathGroup, one of the largest providers of anatomic pathology, digital pathology, clinical and molecular laboratory services in the United States, announced the acquisition of DermLab, an independent dermatopathology laboratory based in Birmingham, AL. The addition of DermLab is PathGroup’s second dermatology acquisition in 2021 and enhances the company’s dermatopathology capabilities, a key strategic initiative.

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PathGroup Acquires SkinDx, Expanding Dermatopathology Services

NASHVILLE, June 16, 2021 — PathGroup, one of the largest providers of anatomic pathology, digital pathology, clinical and molecular laboratory services in the United States, announced the acquisition of SkinDx, a leading dermatopathology laboratory in the Southeastern U.S., based in Birmingham, Alabama. This acquisition expands PathGroup’s presence in the dermatopathology space, while also providing state-of-the-art molecular pathology and clinical pathology services for current SkinDx clients.

 

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Test Announcement: SARS-CoV-2 Antibodies, Spike Protein

February 5, 2021 - PathGroup is pleased to announce the availability of a new serologic test for the detection of human antibodies to the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein (S) receptor binding domain (RBD), the viral pathogen associated with SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19). The Roche Elecsys® Anti-SARS-CoV-2 S antibody test is for the qualitative and semi-quantitative detection of total antibodies (IgG, IgA and IgM) to SARS-CoV-2 in serum from individuals with prior COVID-19 infection and is intended to aid in identification of patients with an adaptive immune response to SARS-CoV-2 indicating prior infection to the SARS-CoV-2 virus. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for this test.

 

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Test Announcement: Combined Influenza and SARS-CoV-2 Testing

Effective today, January 27, 2021, PathGroup is pleased to announce a new multiplex nucleic acid amplification molecular diagnostic test (NAAT) for Influenza A/B & SARS-CoV-2 on the Roche cobas® instrument. This real time RT-PCR based assay is intended for the simultaneous qualitative detection and differentiation of Influenza A virus, Influenza B virus, and/or SARS-CoV-2 RNA from appropriately collected specimens from individuals suspected of associated respiratory viral infection. This test has been issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) by the FDA.

 

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2021 CPT Code Updates

The American Medical Association makes updates to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes each year. Effective January 1, 2021, there will be CPT code changes for laboratory tests and/or components of tests provided by PathGroup.

 

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PathGroup Selected by NIH to Become RADx Program “Mega-Lab” for COVID-19 Testing

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (September 2, 2020) – PathGroup, one of the largest private providers of pathology, clinical and molecular laboratory services in the United States, today announced the award of a funding grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) under the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx SM) program. PathGroup will utilize the funds granted by the NIH to expand its high-throughput COVID-19 testing laboratory, becoming one of the nation’s “mega-labs” with the capability of performing up to 80,000 SARS-CoV-2 tests per day for COVID-19, with results expected to be delivered within 24 hours.

The RADxSM initiative supports the development, production scale-up, and deployment of accurate, rapid SARS-CoV-2 tests across the country. The RADx-Advanced Technology Platforms (RADx-ATP) program assists in the expansion of labs that can significantly scale the number of COVID-19 tests that can be performed each day in the United States.

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PathGroup Selected as Early Access Partner for Launch of Illumina’s Sequencing-Based COVID-19 Diagnostic Test

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 23, 2020) – PathGroup, one of the largest private providers of pathology, clinical and molecular laboratory services in the United States, today announced that the company has been selected as an early access partner for the launch of Illumina’s new sequencing-based COVID-19 test, COVIDSeq™. COVIDSeq accommodates more than 3,000 test samples per run, allowing for a substantial increase in testing capacity.

Illumina, a global leader in sequencing technologies, received the first Emergency Use Authorization from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for a sequencing-based test on June 9, 2020. COVIDSeq is being rolled out via a limited number of early access sites around the world including PathGroup’s comprehensive 140,000 square foot Nashville-area laboratory.

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PathGroup Announces New COVID-19 Testing Option

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – (June 1, 2020) – PathGroup, one of the largest private providers of pathology, clinical and molecular laboratory services in the United States, today announced the availability of a new, minimally-invasive nasal swab collection option as a part of its comprehensive SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing program.

Many current molecular diagnostic COVID-19 tests rely on a nasopharyngeal (NP) swab, which can cause discomfort for patients during the collection process. The new nasal swab collection option is more comfortable for patients and easier for healthcare providers to administer.

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Test Available: SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Antibody

Effective May 27, 2020, PathGroup is pleased to announce the availability of a new serologic test for human antibodies to SARS-Cov-2, the viral pathogen associated with COVID-19 (PathGroup Test Code: COVIDAB). On May 3, 2020, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the Roche Elecsys® SARS-CoV-2 antibody test. The test is for the qualitative detection of total antibodies (including IgG, IgA and IgM) to SARS-CoV-2 in serum from individuals with prior COVID-19 infection. This test may aid in identification of patients with an adaptive immune response to SARS‑CoV‑2, indicating recent or prior infection to the SARS-CoV-2 virus.

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A Letter to Clients Regarding COVID-19

It goes without saying that we are all facing unprecedented times in the face of the current COVID-19 epidemic. Like you, PathGroup is an essential component of the U.S. healthcare system and we remain fully operational to support the laboratory testing services of you and your patients.

 

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