LAB SAFETY

Getting a new lab space? Design it for safety now and save thousands later

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio Let me tell you a story. Once upon a time, there was a laboratory manager who worked in a hospital that was designing a new stand-alone … [Read more...]

NEWS AT A GLANCE

Another Decision in the HDL Case Highlights Kickback Risks of Patient Responsibility Waivers Involving Private Payers

The Health Diagnostics Laboratory, Inc. (HDL) and Singulex saga continues. The latest chapter involves not the labs themselves but BlueWave Healthcare Consultants, their marketing firm. And it raises … [Read more...]

MANAGING THE LAB

5 ways to end generational stereotyping in your lab

By Dr. William A. Schiemann  bio These days, the Millennial Generation is hyped, perhaps even more than Baby Boomers were hyped in the 1950s and 1960s. As I meet with executives around the … [Read more...]

HIPAA

Compliance Perspective: How to Comply with New OSHA Electronic Injury Recordkeeping & Reporting Rules

  Does your lab facility have 250 or more employees? Has your employee count reached 250 or more at any time during the 2016 calendar year? Is your lab part of a hospital that has … [Read more...]

NEWS

Brief Your CEO: Explaining How Trump Budget Will Affect Your Lab

As lab manager, you may want to ensure your CEO understands how President Trump's 2018 budget proposal may affect your laboratory. Here are four things to cover in your briefing. What the Budget … [Read more...]

NEWS

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

Quest to Pay $1.15 Million for Self-Disclosed CMP Violations Case: Quest Diagnostics, Inc., New Jersey has agreed to fork over $1.151 million for a trio of Civil Monetary Penalties Law violations … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVES

How Much Time Does OSHA Have to Cite Labs for Recordkeeping Violations?

  GROUND RULE OSHA Recordkeeping Regulations (Section 1904.33) require labs and other employers to retain accurate illness and injury records) for 5 years. OSHA has a 6-month window to … [Read more...]

EMPLOYMENT

8 Tips for Investigating Sexual Harassment

President Trump declared April National Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month. Sexual harassment is a related problem that all employers must proactively address and prevent. While most labs, … [Read more...]

CODING

False Billing of Nuclear Stress Tests at Center of $50 Million Cardio Fraud Scheme

The feds arrested a cardiologist, neurologist and four others for their role in an elaborate fraud scheme. The government contends that over a 12- year period, the defendants' New York City medical … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

OIG and DOJ Offer Tips for Evaluating Compliance Effectiveness

Labs have two new compliance tools—from the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Office of Inspector General (OIG)—focused on evaluating the effectiveness of compliance programs. The DOJ's resource … [Read more...]


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