FALSE CLAIMS

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

Maine Hospital Pays $1.51 Million to Settle False Claims Charges Case: The feds charged Mercy Hospital with overbilling Medicare and MaineCare for urinalysis tests. Rather than risk a trial, Mercy … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

OIG Calls on CMS to Do Better at Medicare Collecting Overpayments

The system Medicare uses to detect and recover overpayments isn't working as well as it should be, according to a new OIG report. The Overpayment Collection System CMS relies on special contractors … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVE

Beware of Accidental Discrimination in Lab Job Ads

Before civil rights laws, job ads like these were seen as perfectly normal. Today, employers aren't allowed to post job ads with phrases that exclude or express preferences based on race, gender, … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

OIG Work Plan Monthly Review: September 2017

Many of the 12 new items that the OIG added to its 2017 Work Plan in September target state and federal government agencies, including the Department of Health and Human Services itself—specifically, … [Read more...]

WHISTLEBLOWERS

Tool: Model Hotline Allegations Investigation Procedure

The OIG Model Compliance Plan for Clinical Laboratories requires labs to establish mechanisms for not only receiving but promptly investigating internal complaints and reports of potential compliance … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

Why the New Massachusetts Law Matters, Regardless of Where Your Lab or Practice is Located

Massachusetts recently signed into law An Act to Establish Pay Equity, S.2119, which takes effect on July 1, 2018. The new law prevents wage discrimination based on gender. The law includes several … [Read more...]

BRIBES

Labs with International Aspirations Need to Focus on FCPA Compliance Challenges

Laboratories are very familiar with the Anti-Kickback Statute and its prohibitions against payments to induce referrals. Laboratories and diagnostics companies looking at global opportunities should … [Read more...]

OSHA Addresses Employer Responsibility Regarding Transgender Workers

By Kelly A. Briganti, Editorial Director, G2 Intelligence While mainstream media focuses on the Caitlyn Jenner story, laboratory managers may think it has absolutely no relevance to their work. But … [Read more...]


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