Labs in Court

Massachusetts Mental Health Hospital Fined $65,000 for HIPAA Right of Access Violation

Case: The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives providers 30 days and, in some instances, 60 days to respond to patients’ requests of access to their medical records. But it took Massachusetts behavioral health … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

How to Create an Enhanced Cleaning and Disinfection Policy

In the age of COVID-19, complying with the rigorous hygiene requirements CLIA, accreditation criteria, OSHA and other standards may not be enough. That’s because the U.S. Centers for Disease Control … [Read more...]

CMS

Price Transparency: 2 of 3 Hospitals Not Complying with New CMS Disclosure Rules, Study Finds

Despite vociferous industry protest, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) controversial new hospital price transparency rule officially took effect on Jan. 1, 2021. But through … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

Florida Court Upholds Conviction of Physician at Center of Massive Drug Test Scam

Case: In February 2019, the physician/medical director of a pair of sober home clinics in clinics was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to pay $1 million in restitution for his role in a … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

CLIA Lab Subject to HIPAA Not Necessarily Exempt from State Medical Privacy Law

Case: Plasma donors filed a class action claiming that a plasma donation company’s use of a donor-identification system based on a donor’s fingerprints and biometric information without consent … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

How to Audit the Effectiveness of Your Lab Compliance Plan

If you’re reading this, it’s a pretty good bet that you’ve put a compliance plan into place at your lab. But just how effective is it? To answer this crucial question, you must consider not only what … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

Employee Can’t Blame Positive Marijuana Test on Testing Lab’s Negligence

Case: An oil and gas worker was reassigned to a less desirable warehouse position after his hair follicle test came back positive for marijuana. The worker insisted he was clean—his urine drug and … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

Manager Can’t Sue Lab for Disability Discrimination After Signing a Severance Release

  Case: Things went down hill for a clinical lab manager after he got into a violent confrontation with one of the union stewards representing the phlebotomists he supervised. Two days after the … [Read more...]

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...]


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