Lab Compliance Advisor Newsletter Archive

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Labs In Court

Colorado MDs Pay $55K for Taking Specimen Processing Fee Kickbacks from HDL and Singulex

Case: Two physicians and their family medical practice have agreed to fork over $54,982 to the OIG to settle claims of soliciting and accepting illegal remuneration from lab companies Health … [Read more...]

COVID Restrictions Ease

Top 10 questions an employer should ask before returning employees to work

By Mike O’Brien bio As various states and municipalities across the country lift shutdowns and begin easing COVID restrictions, employers are faced with complex questions about safely bringing … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

 Commercial Labs Trade Accusations of False Advertising of TSI Assays

Case: The nasty litigation between Quidel and Siemens continued with both sides accusing the other of false and deceptive advertising. The touchstone of the suit are ads run by Siemens referring to … [Read more...]

Model COVID-19 Medical Screening Policy

Regulators have made it clear that given the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may implement pre-screening measures to ensure that people who have or may have the virus don’t … [Read more...]


Spot the HIPAA Violation

SITUATION Lab technician Khan Tajus reports to his manager that he’s just tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. The manager orders him to go home, talk to a doctor and stay in self-isolation … [Read more...]

Trap to Avoid

Keeping Lab Employees On Call during Breaks without Paying Them for the Time

Does this sound familiar? A hospital lab needs around the clock staffing so that tests for acutely ill patients in the ER can be performed at any time without delay. But staffing is tight and often … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Florida Lab, Execs Settle False Billing of Urine Drug Test Charges for $41 Million  Case: Prosecutors accused a Tampa reference lab, pain clinic and two former executives of billing Medicare, … [Read more...]


Do Lab Employees Who Fear COVID-19 Infection Have the Right to Refuse Work?

In normal times, failure to show up for work or refusing to carry out work assignments is a form of insubordination subject to discipline. But in times of pandemic, work refusals by employees due to … [Read more...]

 Compliance Perspectives

How to Create a Legally Sound COVID-19 Medical Screening Policy

 As essential workplaces, testing labs need to remain open and operating during the pandemic. At the same time, they need to ensure that employees practice social distancing and keep the infected and … [Read more...]