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State Law Round-up: New Privacy Breach Notification Laws Potentially Affecting Labs

As illustrated by the recent MIE settlement (click here for the story), security breaches involving patients' electronic protected health information (ePHI) exposes your lab to liability risks under … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Focus On: State AGs Break New Ground by Teaming Up to Enforce HIPAA

Lab managers and compliance officers take note: For the first time ever, state attorneys general (AGs) have banded together to go after a health care provider for HIPAA violations. Although the … [Read more...]

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Surviving PAMA: Keep an Eye on Industry Disruptors

A talking point of a G2 Lab Institute 2018 presentation deserves closer attention, especially given its implications for the lab industry. "Advantages and Disadvantages Confronting Labs in a … [Read more...]

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New Project Aims to Provide Legal Guidance Needed to Do Business in Genomics

Technology changes faster than the laws designed to regulate it. Thus, while DNA testing has changed medicine and fueled growth in the lab industry, it has also created new legal challenges that few … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

DOJ Explains What It Wants from a Compliance Program

While it may not prevent all violations, the right compliance program can help your lab get lighter penalties if things go wrong. But what exactly is "the right compliance program." On April 30, the … [Read more...]

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Genomic Data Sharing: From Utopian Principle to Practical Reality

"Publicly available data should be treated as open data, a shared resource with unrestricted use for analysis, interpretation, and publication." --The journal Science report on genomic data … [Read more...]

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Medicare Reimbursement: New Guidance on Date of Service Rules for Part B Billing of Hospital Outpatient Lab Tests

In 2018, new date-of-service rules took effect for billing and coding of outpatient lab tests under Medicare Part B, rather than as part of the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) … [Read more...]

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How the Opioid Crackdown Is Affecting Lab Enforcement & Test Utilization

103 in 1: Odds of dying in a motor vehicle crash 96 in 1: Odds of dying from an opioid overdose The alarming finding that a person is now more statistically likely to die of an opioid overdose … [Read more...]

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The Worker Shortage and Your Lab

If you're having trouble finding employees, all you have to do is look at the numbers to understand the problem. The national unemployment rate stands at 3.7%—and in some states it's even lower. In … [Read more...]

LEGISLATION

New Broad All-Payor Kickback Law Impacting Laboratories, Commission-based Compensation and more

By Danielle Sloane bio and Chris Climo bio In a recent piece of federal legislation intended to address the opioid crisis across the United States, Congress enacted a new all-payor kickback … [Read more...]


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