NEWS

The 6 Things Labs Need to Know About the Trump Travel Ban

We'll leave it to others to argue whether the Trump travel ban is legal, moral or wise. What we can tell you is that while it may be on temporary hold, the travel ban and the policy it embodies are … [Read more...]

NEWS

Five Things Labs Need to Know About the Trump Travel Ban

We'll leave it to others to argue whether it's legal, moral or wise. What we can tell you is that President Trump issued an Executive Order Jan. 27, 2017, establishing a travel ban that can affect … [Read more...]

HIPAA

10 Things to Include in Your HIPAA Breach Notification Policy

Earlier this month we told you about a $475,000 settlement one provider reached in a HIPAA breach notification case. Privacy lapses can occur despite your best efforts to prevent them. If prevention … [Read more...]

NEWS

Enforcement Firsts: Presence Health Fined $475,000 for Taking Too Long to Report HIPAA Breach

Patient health information breaches—whether from hacking, glitches or just plain old carelessness—remain an all too common occurrence in labs and other health care institutions. A new HIPAA rule took … [Read more...]

HIPAA

How to Create a HIPAA Breach Notification Policy

Privacy lapses can occur despite your best efforts to prevent them. If prevention does fail, the imperative switches to incident response and damage control. One of the key response challenges is … [Read more...]

HIPAA

First HIPAA Breach Notification Settlement Totals $475,000

Patient health information breaches—whether from hacking, glitches or just plain old carelessness—remain an all too common occurrence in labs and other health care institutions. Four years ago, a new … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

OIG Targets Sleep Study Tests

If your lab performs sleep studies on Medicare patients, beware. It is now a high-priority target for federal fraud and abuse enforcement. Here is a look at the risk you face and what you can do to … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

New OIG Rules Make It Easier to Sock Labs with Civil Monetary Penalties

It may be facing repeal but the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not going down without a squawk. On Dec. 7, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) accomplished a key piece of ACA business by adopting … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

OIG Highlights Hotline to Encourage Fraud Reporting

Reporting compliance concerns is a key component of effective compliance plans. A recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) podcast highlights the … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Brief Your CEO: Use New OIG Work Plan to Keep Your Lab Compliant in 2017

As the year comes to a close, lab managers need to brief their officers on the federal government enforcement initiatives that may affect operations in the coming year. The best place to turn for … [Read more...]


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