ANTITRUST

Enforcement Trends: New Emphasis on MD Practices Puts Labs at Growing Risk of Antitrust Enforcement

In addition to the usual Medicare and Medicaid anti-fraud laws, labs have a new liability risk to contend with: stepped-up federal and state enforcement of antitrust laws. The driving force behind … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Kickbacks: Massachusetts Practice Latest Provider Busted for Taking Kickbacks from Millennium

A northern Massachusetts medical practice became the latest downstream provider to pay the OIG a five-figure fine to settle kickback claims in the form of accepting free point-of-care test cups from … [Read more...]

SAFETY

Ergonomics in the Laboratory Setting

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio Sometimes when I am talking about lab safety and the topic turns to ergonomics, I get an unusual reaction from the audience—laughter. It … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE

Enforcement Trends: DOJ Changes to Yates Memo Make It Easier for Labs to Get Credit for Cooperating with Investigators

For the past five years, the DOJ has followed an enforcement policy designed to hold directors, officers and other top corporate officials responsible for the wrongdoing their companies commit. Last … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Case of the Month: Feds Target Doctors Who Took Kickbacks from HDL

When it comes to breaking up lab kickback schemes, federal enforcers start with the lab that paid the kickbacks and then turn to the downstream providers that accepted them. This was the pattern in … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

New OIG Report Confirms that Labs Are Still on the Enforcement Radar

After a recent dip, OIG enforcement activity has seemingly rebounded, at least in terms of total recoveries. That's the basic punchline from the newly published OIG Semiannual Report to Congress … [Read more...]

WHISTLEBLOWERS

Case of the Month: U.S. Supreme Court Gives Whistleblowers Four More Years to Sue

Just as the tide seemed to be turning against whistleblower lawsuits (see "New DOJ Policy Targeting Whistleblowers with Weak Cases May Make Life Easier for Labs," (Lab Compliance Advisor,  March 4, … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Case of the Month: Another MD-Owned Lab Gets Busted for Urine Drug Test Abuses

Fraudulent utilization and billing of urine drug screening first became a priority for federal enforcers since the $256 million Millennium settlement of 2016. But the opioid crackdown has heightened … [Read more...]

DRUG TESTING

Enforcement Trends: CMS Orders Medicare Contractors to Go After Labs that Received Specimen Validity Test Payments

Reflecting the wider opioid crackdown, CMS is targeting labs that perform urine drug testing for potential billing abuses. The hottest initiative: Labs that bill specimen validity testing (SVT) in … [Read more...]

WHISTLEBLOWERS

Case of the Month: Facing 3 against 1, Texas Lab Settles EHR Consulting Kickback Charges

Question: What happens when multiple whistleblowers bring separate qui tam lawsuits against a lab for the same offense? Answer: Under the False Claims Act (FCA), only the first whistleblower to … [Read more...]


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