COVID-19 Testing Drives Increase in Part B Medicare Lab Spending

Medicare Part B spending on lab testing isn’t following the Protecting Access to Medicare Act (PAMA) script. In FY 2018 and 2019, the first two years under the PAMA system, Medicare payments under the … [Read more...]


Theranos Wunderkind Elizabeth Holmes Convicted on Federal Fraud Charges

It looks like Elizabeth Holmes will be trading in her trademark black turtleneck for an orange jumpsuit. On Jan. 4, a federal jury convicted the former Theranos CEO and co-founder once hailed as the … [Read more...]


Federal Enforcers Crack Down on Fraudulent Billing of Genetic Tests

Genetic tests are becoming a favorite target for federal fraud enforcers. So, if your lab bills Medicare, Medicaid, and other federal health care programs for these tests, you need to pay especially … [Read more...]


The Sun Is About to Set on the Controversial Trump Era “SUNSET” Rule

As part of its wider strategy to free business from cumbersome regulation, the Trump administration adopted a rule that would have imposed a Hobson’s choice on the Department of Health and Human … [Read more...]


Omicron Forces FDA to Temporarily Shut Down Inspections

It’s déjà vu all over again. With new COVID-19 cases surpassing record highs, the FDA announced on Jan. 5 that it is once more calling a temporary halt to domestic and foreign inspections. It’s the … [Read more...]


White House Ups Effort to Resolve Rapid, At-Home COVID-19 Test Shortages

While it has been far more active in promoting the use of rapid COVID-19 antigen testing than its predecessor, the Biden administration has been playing catchup on this issue from the moment it took … [Read more...]

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FY 2021 OIG Enforcement Outcomes Continue Long-Term Downward Trend

The COVID-19 pandemic continues to take a bite out of the volume of OIG enforcement action. All major metrics were down again in FY 2021, albeit at a less dramatic rate than in FY 2020. That’s one of … [Read more...]

Billing & Coding Alert

CMS Recognizes 3 New CLIA-Waived (CW) Tests

CMS announced three new CLIA-waived complexity tests that labs will be allowed to bill to Medicare, effective January 3, 2022. Here are the key details you need to know to ensure maximum reimbursement … [Read more...]