Kickbacks

OIG Issues Fraud Alert on Pharmaceutical Company In-Person Speaker Programs

Before the pandemic put the chill on live conference events, it was fairly common for pharmaceutical companies, device makers and diagnostics companies to offer healthcare professionals fees for … [Read more...]

Special Report

Final Rules Offer Real Stark and Kickback Relief but Largely Exclude Labs

With its time apparently running out, the Trump administration completed one of its pet projects by finalizing the kickback reform rules it proposed in October 2019. Issued on Nov. 20, the new final … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

Texas Court Nixes Toxicology Labs’ ERISA Beneficiary Unpaid Claims Lawsuit against United Healthcare

Case: After United Healthcare denied their claims, plan members assigned their benefits to a pair of toxicology labs who then filed a lawsuit to against United under the federal Employee Benefits … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

What, If Anything, Does OSHA Require You to Do to Protect Telecommuters?

While telecommuting is nothing new, the imperative for using it has never been greater. In addition to all the cost-saving, work-life balance, recruiting and hiring advantages, letting employees work … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

OSHA Fines New Jersey Hospital for Coronavirus Respiratory Protection Violations

Case: OSHA is proposing to fine the hospital $9,639 for two serious violations: i. Failure to fit test tight-fitting respirators face piece respirators on employees required to use them; and ii. Not … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

Using Waivers to Avoid Getting Sued for COVID-19 Infections

PLEASE READ NOTICE TO ALL ENTRANTS AND USERS OF THESE LABORATORY FACILITIES EXCLUSION OF LIABILITY – ASSUMPTION OF RISK THESE CONDITIONS WILL AFFECT YOUR LEGAL RIGHTS INCLUDING THE RIGHT TO … [Read more...]

Tool

Telecommuter Home Office Hazard Assessment & Inspection Checklist

While not an OSHA obligation, it’s highly advisable to take measures to protect the health and safety of telecommuting lab employees who work from home. How? By having employees seeking approval to … [Read more...]

Quiz

Can Racial Discrimination Be Proven with Circumstantial Evidence Alone? 

SITUATION An equipment repair technician who also happens to be the lab’s only African American employee endures racial abuse at the hands of his supervisor and co-workers. He complains to … [Read more...]

Compliance Alert 

Be Sure You Can Document Medical Necessity of COVID-19 ‘Add-On Tests’

Memo to Lab Compliance Managers: Brace yourself for what may become the next big federal false billing crackdown against labs, specifically labs performing COVID-19 tests. The OIG has let it be known … [Read more...]

Quiz

Can Lab Give Medical Group Free Telehealth Equipment for Non-COVID Treatment and Diagnosis? 

SITUATION A local physician group in an underserved rural community wants to establish a telehealth capacity enabling it to examine and treat elderly patients who are observing social distancing or … [Read more...]


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