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...]

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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...]

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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...]

REIMBURSEMENT TRENDS

Billing & Coding: Proposed New Molecular Pathology Crosswalk Codes for 2018

The newly proposed 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule includes over 130 crosswalked CPT codes, including roughly 30 new codes for molecular pathology tests. New Crosswalked Molecular Pathology … [Read more...]

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...]

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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...]

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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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