INFORMATION SECURITY

Are Labs Personally Liable to Data Breach Victims—CareFirst Case May Provide the Answer

While data breaches inside labs and other health care settings happen all the time, lawsuits for money damages by victims have been relatively unusual. But now the U.S. Supreme Court is being asked to … [Read more...]

NEWS

Millennium Labs Bankruptcy Plan Stays on Track despite Lender Opposition

It has been nearly two years since Millennium went into Chapter 11 but the case continues to make news. After agreeing to pay $250 million to settle federal fraud claims for false billing of urine … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

PAMA Implementation: PLA Codes for Advanced Dx Tests Are Off to a Flying Start

PAMA implementation is so sweeping that it requires a shift in not just payment paradigm but also CPT codes. This has served as the impetus for development of a new class of codes known as … [Read more...]

ANTI-KICKBACK

Labs In Court: A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Opioid Subscribing Doctor Convicted in Lab Referral Kickback Scam Case: Two doctors at a Maryland pain management clinic that prescribed pain relief medications to patients accepted kickbacks to … [Read more...]

CMS

OPPS 2018: Revised Payment Rates & a New ADLT Date of Service Exemption

With all of the PAMA commotion, CMS's publication of the 2018 Medicare Hospital and Ambulatory Surgical Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule has flown under the radar. In case you … [Read more...]

MARKETING

Report: Outreach Labs Remain Profitable Despite Antiquated Systems & Lack of Exec Respect

Hidden within the basement of your average hospital is a $24 million business, one that provides a top quality, must-have service and operates at a margin of around 25% to 30%. That business is the … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

FDA Watch: Agency Moves to Boost CLIA Waiver Transparency

The CLIA standards that a lab must meet are based on the complexity of the in vitro diagnostic tests it performs. The FDA's primary role in the CLIA system is to categorize IVDs. Test … [Read more...]

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employment Law Update: The Weinstein Edition

By Mike O'Brien  bio Harvey Weinstein all over our news feeds Your news feed, like mine, has exploded with references to someone named Harvey Weinstein for the past few weeks. What's up? … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

EHR: Window Closes on Meaningful Use Exemptions as Congress Seeks to Make Future Compliance Easier

October has been a big month for meaningful use compliance. Oct. 1: Deadline "Hardship" Exemption Among the victims of the recent natural disasters are first-time participants in the … [Read more...]

EMPLOYMENT LAW

Employment Law Update for HR Managers October 2017

By Mike O'Brien  bio Here is my periodic update prepared for interested HR professionals trying to deal with the complex American employment laws. In this update: Federal agencies take … [Read more...]


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