LAB OPERATIONS

Don’t Crash & Burn: Why Cutting Your Quality Department’s Budget is not a Good Idea

By Jennifer Dawson, MHA, LSSBB, CPHQ, DLM(ASCP)QIHC, QLC, SLS  bio Do you think that you can improve your organization's bottom line by reducing the budget to your quality program and … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

Kickbacks: Does OIG Green Light of Free Product Replacements Open Door for Lab Freebies?

The OIG's aversion to offering freebies of any kind to referral sources is longstanding and well known. So the Aug. 25, 2017 Advisory Opinion clearing the way for a provider to replace spoiled … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

Decoding Quality Terminology

By Jennifer Dawson, MHA, LSSBB, DLM(ASCP)  bio Editor's Note: G2 Compliance is pleased to announce our upcoming webinar, The Cost of Poor Quality, with Jennifer Dawson. Register … [Read more...]

OPERATIONS

Lean Six Sigma is Not Quality

Editor's Note: G2 Compliance is pleased to announce our upcoming webinar, The Cost of Poor Quality, with Jennifer Dawson. Register here. Now before the entire industry lynches me for the sacrilege of … [Read more...]

NEWS

Compliance Planning: OIG Switches from Semi-Annual to Monthly Work Plan Updates

When it comes to running a laboratory compliance plan, the semi-annual OIG Work Plan can be a big help to because it enables you to keep track of new enforcement initiatives and respond to emerging … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Labs to CMS: Push Back PAMA & Add Hospital Labs to CLFS Mix

The lab industry continues to wait nervously for word from CMS regarding PAMA. Demand 1: Fix the Fee Schedule Methodology The industry's paramount concern remains the formula CMS proposes to use to … [Read more...]

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Quest-Walmart Deal Latest in Mass Retailing of Lab Tests

Laboratory test products have been appearing on the shelves of mass retail stores with growing frequency. But the newly announced partnership between Walmart and Quest Diagnostics raises eyebrows … [Read more...]

MANAGING THE LAB

Why Your Best Talent is Leaving and Four Ways to Win Them Back

By William A. Schiemann, Ph.D  bio Most leaders of companies today recognize the importance of having engaged people at work. Yet research from the Metrus Institute, Gallup, and others say … [Read more...]

PATIENT SAFETY

Do No Harm: Diagnostic Errors and the Lab

By Jennifer (McMahon) Dawson, MHA, DLM (ASCP)  bio "Do no harm" is the mantra that health care providers live by. Doctors, nurses and laboratory professionals alike enter into the business … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

OIG and CMS Tout Recent Enforcement Successes and the Pivotal Role of Data Analytics

In recent reports, both the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plugged their successes at routing … [Read more...]


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