COMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVE

5 Common Sexual Harassment Policy Blind Spots & How to Fix Them

Recent weeks have witnessed the morphing of workplace sexual harassment prevention from legal requirement to moral imperative. And while the current fervor is a bit unnerving for employers, to the … [Read more...]

OSHA

The 10 Assumptions NOT to Make when Doing Your OSHA 300s

December is here and it's time for the logs. No, not the yule logsā€”the OSHA 300 logs! It's time to get the year's injury and illness records in order and start getting the OSHA 300A ready for the Feb. … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVES

CMS Finalizes Controversial PAMA Fee Schedule

It's official. Brushing aside fierce lab industry opposition, CMS has decided to go forward with its PAMA Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) in 2018. The Flawed Fee Schedule The intent of the … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVES

PAMA-Geddon: Proposed 2018 Lab Pay Rates Are a Bloodbath

There will be no delay; and And hospital labs will remain excluded from "applicable laboratories" on which supposed market rate payments for lab tests will be based. Those were the first … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives: Private Sector Joins the Battle against Lab Fraud

The crackdown on lab fraud has been going on for decades. But now the dynamics are changing. While federal prosecutors and private whistleblowers continue to supply most of the impetus, they have been … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVE

10 Traps to Avoid When Investigating Potential Whistleblower Complaints

If one of your employees comes forward to report a billing, coding, reimbursement or other potential violation, the liability of your lab will turn on two critical questions: Is the employee … [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 CORNER

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...]

IMMIGRATION

Brief Your CEO: 8 Changes in Trump Travel Ban

Although it applies to all industries, the Trump travel ban will have a disproportionate impact on labs and other health care providers. We recently outlined the major effects and the steps you can … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY BUZZ

Arizona Fraud Suit Opens New Front in the Legal War against Theranos

Suing Theranos has become something of a cottage industry. And now a whole new front in the legal war appears ready to open: state consumer fraud lawsuits. The Arizona Attorney General's Office (AGO) … [Read more...]


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