New Laws

January 1, 2021 Is D-Day for Hospital Pricing Transparency 

It appears to be full speed ahead for hospital price transparency. The controversial effort to make hospitals divulge information about their healthcare pricing, including lab procedures, is very much … [Read more...]

Beyond COVID-19

The 6 Hottest Lab Compliance Stories That Almost Nobody Is Paying Attention To

If not burnout, you may be suffering from a case of COVID-19 fatigue right now. And you’re not alone. The monster virus has seemingly consumed everything in its path over the past six months, … [Read more...]

Focus On

The Next Round of COVID-19 Legislation: What It Will Take to Prevent a Second Outbreak?

The next wave of federal COVID-19 relief legislation is in the works and the lab industry is doing its level best to ensure that it includes the necessary support for lab testing that the previously … [Read more...]

Focus On

Nearly 3 in 4 Physicians Say They Can’t Provide Easy & Rapid COVID-19 Testing

Development of new lab tests to detect the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes COVID-19 coronavirus has been faster and more prolific than anybody could dare expect for a pathogen that was unknown just a few … [Read more...]

Focus On

FDA Takes Unprecedented Measures to Promote Rapid Development of Coronavirus Diagnostic Tests

The FDA is following a two-prong strategy to promote and expedite development and validation of a test capable of safe, rapid and reliable detection of novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the disease caused … [Read more...]

NEW LAW

New Laws: Proposed Kickback Changes Would Provide Needed Relief But Also Largely Exclude Labs

In what could be the most significant story in health care fraud and abuse compliance of the past several years, the CMS and OIG proposed new rules (the Proposal) to adapt 20th century kickback laws … [Read more...]

PRECISION MEDICINE

Myriad Genetics Pays $9.1 Million to Settle Hereditary Cancer Test False Billing Claims

In March 2018, Myriad Genetics got a piece of mail no lab provider ever wants to see in its inbox: an OIG subpoena asking for billing records in connection with "an investigation into possible false … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

ACLA Court Win May Tip the Battle Over PAMA Pricing

Take that, CMS! The American Clinical Laboratory Association (ACLA) can sue to get the agency's PAMA lab pricing scheme struck down after all. So ruled the US Court of Appeals for the District of … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

Data Breaches Leave Labs and Patients Exposed

Two recent data breaches at major labs may have compromised the personal health information of approximately 19.6 million patients. No wonder the industry and privacy experts are revisiting best … [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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