ENFORCEMENT TRENDS

OIG Switches from Semi-Annual to Monthly Work Plan Strategy

New OIG Work Plans every six months are a thing of the past. In June, the agency announced plans to update its Work Plan website monthly. The self-proclaimed "dynamic," web-based strategy is … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

By the Numbers: Lab Injury and Exposure Data

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio Finding information about the number of Laboratory Acquired Infections (LAIs) and other laboratory injuries in the United States is difficult. … [Read more...]

CASE OF THE MONTH

Theranos and Walgreens Bury the Hatchet—For Now

It all looked so promising back in 2015. Privately-held Theranos was poised to usher in a new era of diagnostics with its revolutionary fingerprick technology for performing a wide array of tests with … [Read more...]

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employment Law Update for August 2017

By Mike O'Brien  bio Here is my periodic update prepared for interested HR professionals trying to deal with the complex American employment laws. In this update: REPEAL? REPAIR? REPLACE? … [Read more...]

BRIEF YOUR CEO

Help Your Lab Brace for Key Medicare Outpatient Reimbursement Changes

With the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) still in the works, CMS proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) rules on July 13. There are three items … [Read more...]

SURVIVING AN INSPECTION

The 5 Things You Should Never Say to an OSHA Inspector

The way you handle an OSHA inspection can have as much impact on the outcome as the actual health and safety condition of your lab. More precisely, the things your front line employees do and say when … [Read more...]

NEWS AT A GLANCE

The Latest Medicare Fraud Takedown: New Administration, Same Enforcement Strategy

Although the Obama Justice Department didn't invent coordinated health care fraud enforcement, it did advance the strategy more than any previous administration. So when the Trump crew took over, some … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Labs In Court: A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Health System Pays $6.5 Million to Settle Urine Test Upcoding Charges   Case: A lab director filed a whistleblower suit claiming that Carolinas Healthcare System upcoded what should have been … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

Decoding Quality Terminology

By Jennifer Dawson, MHA, LSSBB, DLM(ASCP)  bio Editor's Note: G2 Compliance is pleased to announce our upcoming webinar, The Cost of Poor Quality, with Jennifer Dawson. Registration details … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT TRENDS

Clinical Laboratories Continue to Figure Less Prominently in New OIG Enforcement Report

The Office of Inspector General just published its most recent Semiannual Report to Congress. To the untrained eye, the newest OIG Report, which covers Oct. 1, 2016 through March 31, 2017, is not … [Read more...]


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