New Laws: Civil Monetary Penalties Get More Expensive—and Easier to Dish Out

One aspect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that is not likely to be repealed is the enhancement of penalties for Medicare and Medicaid fraud and abuse. That includes the new Regulation on civil … [Read more...]


So, Now What? How a Trump Presidency Will Impact Labs & the ACA

Needless to say, the election of Donald Trump will have major ramifications on not just labs but the entire health care industry. But while changes are a certainty, it is far from clear what and how … [Read more...]


Labs Want Congress to Intervene on LDT Regulation

With the U.S. Food and Drug Administration on the threshold of releasing final rules for its oversight of LDTs, the lab sector is taking a run at preserving the current regulatory model by essentially … [Read more...]


Bill Would Strip California of Its Authority to Regulate Laboratories

A bill is pending in the California Legislature that would take the licensing and inspection of clinical laboratories away from state regulators if signed into law. Authored by Assemblywoman Susan … [Read more...]


ACLA Uses Cancer Initiative to Lobby on PAMA, LDTs

The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) has applauded the Obama Administration’s proposal for a $1 billion cancer “Moon Shot Task Force” that would drive researchers closer to a cure for … [Read more...]

Despite Big Write-offs, Quest & LabCorp Report Strong First Quarters

The first quarter of the year looked pretty good for the two national laboratories, as Quest Diagnostics reported strong revenue growth and LabCorp began reaping the benefits of its huge acquisition … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: Labs Plugging Into Health Information Exchanges; Solstas, Quest, LabCorp All in Deals

Rochester, N.Y., has seen better days as a commercial hub. The upstate city near the Canadian border has lost most of its big employers over the decades, and its flagship company, Eastman Kodak, filed … [Read more...]

OIG Recommends Medicare Payment Cuts

Anew report by the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) concludes that the Medicare program could save nearly $1 billion a year by instituting double-digit payment cuts for … [Read more...]

GAO Delves Into Pathology Self-Referrals, Concludes Such Practices Drive Up Utilization

The Government Accountability Office (GAO) has expressed alarm about the rising number of self-referred tests from pathologists participating in the Medicare program and has recommended safeguards to … [Read more...]

Inside the Lab Industry: Latest SGR Fix Has Plenty in It for Labs, Ties Medicare Lab Payment to Market Rates

For a time it appeared that there would be an actual replacement by Congress of the sustainable growth rate (SGR), the payment formula for Medicare participants that has been widely reviled—and … [Read more...]