The 10 Policies You Need to Stop Lab Employee PHI Breaches

Safeguarding personal health information (PHI) data from hackers, identity thieves and other cyber threats isn't just a legal obligation but a business imperative. Yet, with so much on the line, … [Read more...]


Enforcement Trends: Private Insurers Are Cracking Down on the Labs that Scam Them

Watch out billing scammers! The DOJ, OIG and whistleblower have a new ally in their never-ending quest to bring dishonest labs to justice: private insurance companies. And among the insurance … [Read more...]


Lab Quality & Safety: JCAHO to Crack Down on Handwashing Shortcuts

You can preach hygiene until the cows come home but it may not be enough to get busy and distracted lab employees to wash their hands properly. In addition to undermining test integrity, effective … [Read more...]


Medicare Exclusions: One Week, Two Different Labs Get the Boot

Exclusion of a clinical lab from participating in Medicare or other government health programs is a relatively rare penalty. But last month, there were two of them reported in the span of less than a … [Read more...]


Compliance Quiz: Spot the HazCom Mistake

SITUATION Health and safety director Matt Hazard is responsible for keeping the lab compliant with OSHA HazCom rules. He takes inventory of all the hazardous substances the lab uses in the workplace. … [Read more...]


You Make the Call: Is Replacing Spoiled Products for Free an Anti-Kickback Violation?

The following scenario comes right out of an August 25, 2017 OIG Advisory Opinion. See if you can guess how the OIG ruled. SITUATION A pharmaceutical company manufactures biologics prone to spoilage … [Read more...]


Compliance Quiz: Disciplining Employees for Smoking Pot at Work

SITUATION Your lab is located in Colorado, Washington or another state where recreational and medical marijuana use is legal. But you're still shocked to find three of your employees smoking pot at … [Read more...]


Fixing a Hole in Whistleblower Retaliation Protection

SITUATION Fictional Laboratories (FL) plans to deliberately bill Medicare for tests it does not actually provide. To carry out the scheme, it orders Pathologist A to falsely attest that she performed … [Read more...]


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 issue … [Read more...]


Managing Kickback Risks in Lab Sales & Marketing Arrangements

As with any other business, labs need sales and marketing expertise to survive and grow in the competitive diagnostics market. But to the extent you serve patients in Medicare, Medicaid and other … [Read more...]