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...]

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...]

COMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVES

Crosswalked Codes in 2017 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule

CPT Code Crosswalked To 80305 (Drug tests(s), presumptive, any number of drug classes; any number of devices or procedures, (e.g., immunoassay) capable of being read by direct optical … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

2017 Medicare Lab Payments: The 9 Changes that May Affect Your Reimbursements

As the clock ticks down to 2018 and the new Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) system for lab payments, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued final Medicare payment … [Read more...]

WORKPLACE VIOLENCE

Zero Tolerance of Workplace Violence: From Moral Stand to Workable Policy

Although workplace violence has become an epidemic, health care settings are at especially high risk. One of the most popular approaches to the problem is the so-called "zero tolerance" … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Don’t Overlook Bloodborne Pathogen Safety Issues

Violations of Medicare-related laws such as the Anti-Kickback Statute, self-referral law and the False Claims Act can cost laboratories and pathology groups potentially millions of dollars and thus, … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

Compliance Perspectives: PAMA—What We Know So Far, What You Need to Know to Comply

After much lobbying and debate from stakeholders in the laboratory industry, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is moving forward with implementation of the Protecting Access to … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

CMS Latest Data Release Offers Labs a Tool to Spot Potential Compliance Red Flags

While implementation of the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) will have labs collecting private payer payment data to report to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), … [Read more...]

TECHNOLOGY

Even Small Labs Can Yield Big Results from Simple, Low-Cost Informatics Strategies

Big Data, informatics and information systems are critical topics for the health care industry as reforms emphasize coordinating care, increasing quality and reducing costs. Capitalizing on the … [Read more...]


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