Managing Lab Staff: Supervisor Liability for Subordinate Misconduct Under Civil Rights Law

Pop Quiz: Name five bad things that can happen if you fail to properly supervise your lab’s testing staff.  Chances are, your response included testing inaccuracy leading to patient endangerment, … [Read more...]

Marketing Pitfalls to Avoid: Deceptive Advertising—the Other Kind of “False Claims”

We all know that marketing activity is a breeding ground for potential lab liability. But while most labs are sensitive to the risks posed by the Antikickback Statute, Stark Law and False Claims Act, … [Read more...]

OPERATIONS

Lab Management: Billing Company Contract Liability Risks & How to Avoid Them

Like many labs, you may outsource your billing and coding to an outside medical billing company. While this might be cost-effective, be aware that it can put your lab at risk for liability under … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PLANS

OIG Monthly Work Plan Review: August 2019

Of the 12 new items in the OIG's Work Plan this month, six indirectly impact lab providers and services. Medicare Payments of Positive Airway Pressure (PAP) Devices for Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) … [Read more...]

OIG OPINION

Is Your Billing Company Putting You At Compliance Risk?

By Sean McSweeney  bio Does your orthopedic billing company charge a percentage of collections for their coding and billing? They might break out separate charges for statements or other … [Read more...]

TECHNOLOGY

Top 4 trends shaping the healthcare industry

By Leora Borgenicht  bio Before the healthcare industry can ambitiously transform to offer more accurate and personalized patient care, certain stepping stones must be reached. These four … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE TIPS

Surviving a Medicare Audit: Warn Lab Staffers Not to Lie to Auditors

As a lab compliance director, you understand the dangers of obstructing a Medicare audit. The problem is your staff may not. So, make it clear to any staffer that may come into contact with an auditor … [Read more...]

HIPAA

Traps to Avoid: Giving Ex-Lab Employees Access to PHI

Your lab staff understands the imperative of safeguarding personal health information (PHI) and wouldn't let strangers roam about the facilities freely. But it's easy for them to lower their guard … [Read more...]

MANAGING STAFF

TOOL: Model Employee Illness/Injury Reporting Policy

The OSHA Recordkeeping Standard requires you to record and potentially report work-related illnesses and injuries. Reporting of illnesses and injuries is also crucial to investigating, identifying and … [Read more...]

UTILIZATION MANAGEMENT

You Make the Call: Incentivizing MDs to Order More Early Screening Tests

A Managed Care Organization (MCO) wants to pay providers incentives to increase early and periodic screenings, diagnostic and treatment (EPSDT) services to Medicaid patients. Payments are capitated, … [Read more...]


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