How (& When) to Comply with New OSHA Chemical Safety Requirements

Over the next eight months, OSHA will be completing the phasein of the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling of Chemicals (GHS), its most important new chemical safety rules in … [Read more...]

Promote Cyber Security Awareness

In the health care industry, October is perhaps most commonly identified with Breast Cancer Awareness. Certainly it’s a topic worthy of laboratory sector attention given the industry’s role via BRCA … [Read more...]

LabMD Trial Held; Company Continues to Fight

The saga of LabMD v. the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to twist and turn as more information comes to light about the business practices of "cyber intelligence" company Tiversa, … [Read more...]

Latest Fraud Takedown and CMS Fraud Detection Strategies Yield Big Returns

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), its Office of Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Justice Department's Criminal Division recently announced a … [Read more...]

Don’t Overlook Varying State Requirements Applicable to Independent Clinical Labs

Through acquisition, merger, or organic growth, labs may find their operations expanding regionally or nationally. If your lab is operating facilities in multiple states or testing specimens … [Read more...]

Six Ways to Reduce Risk of Employee Turning ‘Whistleblower’ Against Your Lab

The False Claims Act is the government’s most successful fraud enforcement tool, especially since whistleblowers—individuals who bring suspected fraud to the government’s attention—are able to receive … [Read more...]

G2 Compliance Perspectives: New HIPAA Regulations Mean New Obligations for Clinical Laboratories

The HIPAA-HITECH regulations, “Modifications to the HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Rules” (final rule), were published in the Federal Register on Jan. 25, 2013 (78 Fed. … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives: Managing Privacy and Security Risks: Outsourced Pathology and Laboratory Information Services

Many hospitals and medical practices outsource some or all of their pathology needs. Traditionally, such services included the provision of laboratory services up to and including around-the-clock … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives: Anatomy of a Physician Referral Relationship: Dissecting the Risk Areas and Ensuring Compliance

Relationships between health care providers and their physician referral sources are facing an unprecedented level of government scrutiny for potential fraud and abuse in these relationships. With a … [Read more...]

Recovery Auditor Program Effective but Wasteful

Federal efforts to reduce the numbers of improperly paid Medicare claims has resulted in some success but comes at the expense of diverting scarce resources from patient care to audit defense. A … [Read more...]