3 Legal Protections to Include in Your Patient Debt Collection Agency Services Contract

Outsourcing can be an effective way to overcome patient collection challenges. But it can also backfire if the collection agency you contract with uses illegal, unethical or insensitive collection … [Read more...]

Evaluate, increase your lab’s compliance budget

The Health Care Compliance Association's (HCCA's) compliance officer and staff compensation survey sheds light on how your colleagues are faring from a salary standpoint (See G2 Compliance Advisor, … [Read more...]

HIPAA Compliance Enforcement to Escalate

Expect more government investigations of labs for HIPAA compliance. The government is more concerned than ever about the security of patient records and has signaled that it is ramping up enforcement … [Read more...]

Promote Cyber Security Awareness

In the health care industry, October is perhaps most commonly identified with Breast Cancer Awareness. Certainly it’s a topic worthy of laboratory sector attention given the industry’s role via BRCA … [Read more...]

LabMD Trial Held; Company Continues to Fight

The saga of LabMD v. the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) continues to twist and turn as more information comes to light about the business practices of "cyber intelligence" company Tiversa, … [Read more...]

The Art of Appeals: Don't Give Up Too quickly When a Payer Denies Your Claim

In the first part of this two-part series, we told you how to reduce the chances that payers would deny your claims. This month, you'll learn what you can do when, despite your best efforts, they … [Read more...]

Update: New Study Credits Criminal Attacks as Source of Most Health Care Data Breaches

As we reported in our April issue, cybersecurity is gaining national attention thanks to notorious data hacks like Sony and Anthem, and now Premera. The President has drawn attention to the issue … [Read more...]

Cyber Criminals Want Your Data: Protect Your Patients—and Your Lab

Recent data breaches, from the much-publicized hacks of Sony and the retailer Target, to those more close to home: Anthem and Premera Blue Cross, two of the nation’s biggest health care insurers, have … [Read more...]

HIPAA Enforcement Final Rule Increases CMP Cap

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) enforcement final rule, released Jan. 17, incorporates increased civil monetary penalties and caps maximum annual penalties at $1.5 … [Read more...]

G2 Compliance Perspectives: Administrative Simplification Requires Interoperability, New Financial Management Platforms

Administrative simplification has an aggressive timetable, with far-reaching consequences for laboratories, providers, and payers and new demands for information exchange and technology … [Read more...]