Labs In Court: A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Tennessee Pain Doctor Faces Jail for Opioid Abuses, Medicare Fraud Case: The doctor is facing 45 charges, including 22 counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance for routinely … [Read more...]


Aetna Settles with States of Victims of HIV Meds Envelope Privacy Snafu

Case: Aetna is still paying for a disastrous miscalculation that may have revealed the HIV status of 12,000 beneficiaries that occurred in July 2017 when it mailed them information about their HIV … [Read more...]


HIPAA Briefing: Can Patients Sue Labs for Privacy Breaches?

Violating HIPAA restrictions subjects your lab to fines and other penalties dished out by the HHS Office of Civil Rights (OCR) and other regulators. But can the individual victims whose personal … [Read more...]


Traps to Avoid: Aetna, HIPAA and the $17+ Million Envelope Mishap

When mailing sensitive personal medical information to patients, it is probably best to avoid transparent window envelopes. One of America's biggest health insurance companies just learned this lesson … [Read more...]


The eClinicalWorks EHR Settlement—Big Fines & Unprecedented CIA Obligations

With all the money it generates, it was only a matter of time before Electronic Health Records (EHR) technology got caught up in the False Claims Act dragnet. (See the related story on EHR … [Read more...]


Compliance Perspective: How to Comply with New OSHA Electronic Injury Recordkeeping & Reporting Rules

  Does your lab facility have 250 or more employees? Has your employee count reached 250 or more at any time during the 2016 calendar year? Is your lab part of a hospital that has … [Read more...]


TOOL: Model HIPAA Breach Notification Letter to Patient

Data security breaches involving patient records can occur despite your best efforts to prevent them. If prevention fails, your lab needs to switch to incident response mode and take measures to … [Read more...]


10 Things to Include in Your HIPAA Breach Notification Policy

Earlier this month we told you about a $475,000 settlement one provider reached in a HIPAA breach notification case. Privacy lapses can occur despite your best efforts to prevent them. If prevention … [Read more...]


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...]


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...]