ENFORCEMENT

CMS Takes 3 New Measures to Bolster Medicaid Program Integrity

With Medicaid spending on the rapid ascent, CMS unveiled a trio of new initiatives to bolster program integrity and make states more accountable for compliance with federal rules. 1. MLR Audits CMS … [Read more...]

BILLING & CODING

Medicare Reimbursement: CMS Begins Implementing New HOPPS Date of Service Rules for ADLTs & Molecular Pathology Tests

CMS has begun implementing the new rules that exempt advanced diagnostic laboratory tests (ADLTs) and molecular pathology tests from Medicare Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) … [Read more...]

LITIGATION

Are Genetic Testing Labs Liable for Medical Malpractice?

Consumer-based genetic testing has become a $3 billion business with a seemingly limitless future. But the industry is also facing a legal threat to future growth: malpractice liability. In the past … [Read more...]

STARK LAW

CMS Mulls Stark Law Relief: This Time It May Be for Real

After decades of complaining about the Stark Law, the lab industry may now have an actual opportunity to secure meaningful relief. On June 20, CMS issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking input … [Read more...]

DATA

Case of the Month: Patients Can’t Sue Labs for Privacy Breaches, Federal Court Confirms

The HIPAA law sets out civil and criminal penalties that can be imposed on labs (and other providers) that commit privacy violations. But one thing the HIPAA law does not specify is whether an … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

Enforcement Trends: New Fraud Takedown Focuses on Opioid Drugs & Sophisticated Financial Schemes

The 2016 health care fraud takedown was the biggest in history; the 2017 version surpassed it; and the June 2018 reprise nearly doubled the 2017 effort, at least in terms of the false claims dollars … [Read more...]

DOJ

Criminal Charges May Spell the End for Theranos

Four years ago, Theranos was a $10 billion company poised to turn a breakthrough blood testing technology into a diagnostics dynamo to the tune of $70 billion in annual sales. Today, the company … [Read more...]

ANTI-KICKBACK

Case of the Month: Individual Principles Hit with $114.1 Million Verdict for Role in HDL Blood Test Fraud

Roughly three years ago at this time, mega-scandals were in the news featuring diagnostic giants like Millennium, Health Diagnostic Laboratory (HDL), Biodiagnostic Laboratory Service and the like. But … [Read more...]

REIMBURSEMENT

Enforcement Trends: OIG Report Suggests that Urine Drug Testing Is Making Labs a Juicy Target Once Again

The Office of Inspector General just published its Semiannual Report to Congress (covering Oct. 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018). Here are the key things labs and lab managers need to know about this … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

ACA: DOJ Won’t Defend Individual Mandate in Court—But 16+ States Will

One of the DOJ's principal roles is to defend the federal laws in court cases challenging their constitutionality. But the agency has made it known that it will not be doing that in a lawsuit brought … [Read more...]


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