Should We Care About Millennium vs. Ameritox?

After several years of back-and-forth lawsuits, motions, and court judgments between Millennium Laboratories (ML) and Ameritox in a case that primarily started out as an unfair competition and false … [Read more...]

Laboratory Instrument Provider Accused of Health Care Fraud

A North Carolina-based manufacturer and provider of laboratory instruments and reagents, Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. (CLC) and its owners, were served with federal search warrants on May 7 … [Read more...]

Laboratory Payments Adjusted for Technological Changes? Forget That

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposes to rescind the statutory authority in the Social Security Act that allows adjustments to the lab fee schedule based on technological … [Read more...]

Halifax Hospital Whistleblower Case May Finally Be Over

According to documents filed in a Florida court on July 11, Halifax Hospital Medical Center and false claims relator Elin Baklid-Kunz have reached a $1 million settlement that will end a 5-year-old … [Read more...]

Overpayment 60-Day-Rule Case Will Set Precedent

In a case that may have implications for clinical laboratories, the U.S. Department of Justice has intervened in a whistleblower False Claims Act (FCA) lawsuit related to failure to return … [Read more...]

Study Questions Billing for Part B Laboratory Services

A July study of billing practices in the clinical laboratory industry conducted by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) may drive laboratory compliance billing policy and … [Read more...]

Arizona Hospital Network Agrees to $35 Million FCA Settlement

In the largest settlement ever in Arizona for a violation of the False Claims Act, Carondelet Health Network, an Arizona nonprofit corporation doing business as Carondelet St. Mary’s Hospital and … [Read more...]

Compliance Priorities for Laboratory-Developed Tests

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) set off a storm of written and oral comments when it notified Congress, via a letter dated July 31, of its intent to issue two draft guidance documents regarding … [Read more...]

One More Threat to Consider With a HIPAA Breach in Your Laboratory

An Illinois court recently granted a motion to dismiss a class-action lawsuit that resulted from a Health Information Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) breach of protected health information … [Read more...]

News-At-A-Glance: HIPAA Privacy in Emergencies

n a November bulletin in response to the Ebola outbreak, the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) is seeking to ensure that violations of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) do … [Read more...]