MANAGING STAFF

Compliance Perspectives: How to Implement a Respiratory Protection Program at Your Lab

Worker exposure to infection and hazardous substances is a constant and pressing challenge for lab managers. And if yours is among the many labs where workers are required to use respirators, you face … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

OIG Semiannual Report: Opioid Crackdown Is Making Labs a Prime Enforcement Target Once Again

Once the favorite whipping boy of federal enforcers, labs have been demanding less and less of the OIG's attention in recent years. But the newly published OIG Semiannual Report to Congress (covering … [Read more...]

MACRA REQUIREMENT

How to Adjust to the April 2018 Medicare Beneficiary Cards

By Sean McSweeney  bio In a press release on May 30, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) commented regarding their fraud prevention initiative program and their … [Read more...]

FALSE CLAIMS

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

Insurer Sues Florida Lab and California Hospital for Toxicology Test Billing Scam Case: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield is suing Reliance Laboratory Testing for allegedly conspiring with … [Read more...]

CONSUMER FRAUD

The End May Be Near for Theranos & Elizabeth Holmes

Four years ago, Theranos was a $10 billion company poised to turn a breakthrough blood testing technology into a diagnostics dynamo to the tune of $70 billion in annual sales. Today, the company and … [Read more...]

FEE SCHEDULES

How PAMA’s Effect in 2018 Molecular Diagnostic Reimbursement Will Make Labs More Money

By Sean McSweeney  bio The year 2018 is slated to be much brighter for molecular diagnostic labs as PAMA fee schedules show a higher payment rate and amount for many cancer genomics and … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Tool: Respirator Fit Testing Checklist

If you require lab workers to use respirators, you must implement a Respiratory Protection Program that meets the standards set out in the OSHA Respiratory Protection Standard (1910.134(f)) … [Read more...]

ANTI-KICKBACK

Case of the Month: Jury Socks HDL Blood Test Fraud Principles with $114.1 Million Verdict

Roughly three years ago at this time, mega-scandals were in the news featuring diagnostic giants like Millennium, Health Diagnostic Laboratory (HDL), Biodiagnostic Laboratory Service and the like. But … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PLANS

OIG Work Plan Monthly Review: June 2018

None of the eight new Work Plan items for June directly address labs and lab testing. However, five of the items may indirectly labs that are part of larger health networks participating in the … [Read more...]

FALSE CLAIMS

Feds Target Providers Who Took Free Test Cup Kickbacks from Millennium Labs

Free point-of-care test cups from Millennium Labs have become radioactive. So far, at least six different providers have agreed to fork over significant amounts (ranging from $40K to $186K) to settle … [Read more...]


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