COMPLIANCE TIPS

Surviving a Medicare Audit: Warn Lab Staffers Not to Lie to Auditors

As a lab compliance director, you understand the dangers of obstructing a Medicare audit. The problem is you staff may not. So, make it clear to any staffer that may come into contact with an auditor … [Read more...]

WALL STREET JOURNAL WRITER

Carreyrou Captivates Lab Institute With Inside Look at Theranos Fall

The tale could be headed to movie theaters around the nation soon. It is a gripping story of a Steve Jobs-wannabe—a young Stanford dropout with a vision and more than $400 million in funding from … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

The Safety Interpretation

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio When hospitals were placed on OSHA's list of "high-risk" workplaces, no one had to ask why. OSHA adjusts that list based on the number of … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PLANS

OIG Work Plan Monthly Review: July 2018

None of the six new items that OIG added to its Work Plan last month directly impact labs. 1. Identification of HHS Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities Questions: Where are the cybersecurity … [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

Compliance Perspectives: The 12 Things to Include in Your Drug & Alcohol Testing Policy

MYTH Employee drug testing is illegal in states where it's legal to use recreational or medical marijuana WHAT'S AT STAKE No! No! No! The truth is that state laws on marijuana use and … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

OIG Work Plan Monthly Review: May 2018

Of the seven new Work Plan items, none directly impact labs and lab services. However, one item on Medicare Part B reimbursement of outpatient cardiac and pulmonary rehab services may have an indirect … [Read more...]

LEGISLATION

PAMA-Geddon: Lab Industry Takes CMS to Court

The nearly three-year struggle between HHS and the lab industry over PAMA has entered a new phase. On December 11, the American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) filed a lawsuit asking the U.S. … [Read more...]

CYBERSECURITY

New Bill Would Make Lab Employees Criminally Liable for Concealing Data Breaches

While massive data breaches have existed as long as massive data itself, legal accountability for organizations that commit them is a relatively recent phenomenon. Breach Liability of Labs Because … [Read more...]

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...]


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