NEWS

Enforcement Firsts: Presence Health Fined $475,000 for Taking Too Long to Report HIPAA Breach

Patient health information breaches—whether from hacking, glitches or just plain old carelessness—remain an all too common occurrence in labs and other health care institutions. A new HIPAA rule took … [Read more...]

HIPAA

How to Create a HIPAA Breach Notification Policy

Privacy lapses can occur despite your best efforts to prevent them. If prevention does fail, the imperative switches to incident response and damage control. One of the key response challenges is … [Read more...]

HIPAA

First HIPAA Breach Notification Settlement Totals $475,000

Patient health information breaches—whether from hacking, glitches or just plain old carelessness—remain an all too common occurrence in labs and other health care institutions. Four years ago, a new … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

OIG Targets Sleep Study Tests

If your lab performs sleep studies on Medicare patients, beware. It is now a high-priority target for federal fraud and abuse enforcement. Here is a look at the risk you face and what you can do to … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

New OIG Rules Make It Easier to Sock Labs with Civil Monetary Penalties

It may be facing repeal but the Affordable Care Act (ACA) is not going down without a squawk. On Dec. 7, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) accomplished a key piece of ACA business by adopting … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

OIG Highlights Hotline to Encourage Fraud Reporting

Reporting compliance concerns is a key component of effective compliance plans. A recent U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) podcast highlights the … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Brief Your CEO: Use New OIG Work Plan to Keep Your Lab Compliant in 2017

As the year comes to a close, lab managers need to brief their officers on the federal government enforcement initiatives that may affect operations in the coming year. The best place to turn for … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE

Anti-kickback and Stark Law Compliance Tips

There have been a number of anti-kickback and physician self-referral (Stark) cases involving laboratories in recent years. Many laboratory compliance officers may need to focus compliance efforts on … [Read more...]

PAMA

PAMA Update: OIG Status Report on Implementing New Medicare Fee Schedule for Part B Lab Tests

Transition to the new Medicare Part B payment system for lab tests under the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 (PAMA) is in full swing and about to heat up. With D-day set for Jan. 1, 2018, … [Read more...]

EMPLOYMENT

Social Media and Hiring: Can You Use Facebook to Screen Job Applicants?

The consensus seems to be that the popular employer practice of demanding Facebook passwords from job applicants and screening their pages is both morally "wrong" and "illegal." … [Read more...]


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