The New Overtime Rules are Put on Hold. What Does That Mean for You?

By Mike O'Brien  bio As most of you know by now, I'm sure, the United States Department of Labor (DOL) has finalized a new Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) rule that, among other things, … [Read more...]


House Proposes Replacement Health Care Legislation

Efforts to replace Obamacare are moving forward with legislation called the American Health Care Act proposed by two House committees—the Ways and Means and Energy and Commerce Committees.   Energy … [Read more...]


OIG Fraud Alert Warns of Hotline Scammers

The OIG issued a Fraud Alert recently—but it didn't warn about improper referral arrangements or billing for medically unnecessary testing. It was a warning that scammers are representing themselves … [Read more...]


Labs In Court: A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Quest Pays $315K for Self-Disclosed Rent Kickbacks to MDs. Case: Quest Diagnostics agreed to pay $315,093 for allegedly paying kickbacks to a referral source. Quest self-disclosed the conduct which … [Read more...]


The 7 Things Labs Need to Know About the Trump Travel Ban

We'll leave it to others to argue whether the Trump travel ban is legal, moral or wise. What we can tell you is that while it may be on temporary hold, the travel ban and the policy it embodies are … [Read more...]


Update: Travel Ban to be Revised

Two weeks ago we explained what President Trump's executive order, otherwise known as the travel ban, could mean for labs. We also said that the order is being challenged as unconsitutional and on … [Read more...]


Theranos Faces Potential Consumer Fraud Litigation

The Arizona Attorney General's Office (AGO) recently issued a request for proposal signaling a new legal battle for Theranos: state consumer fraud lawsuits. The AGO indicated in its request that it … [Read more...]


Industry Leaders Recommend Standardized Interpretation and Reporting of Somatic Sequence Variants

Acommon refrain within the diagnostics industry is a need for standardization. Rapidly developing technology and testing methods, the call for interoperability, and the vast amount of data and … [Read more...]


Coalition Promotes cfDNA-based Noninvasive Prenatal Testing

Five major players in genetic testing have joined forces to promote cellfree DNA (cfDNA)-based noninvasive prenatal testing (NIPT). A newly formed organization, Coalition for Access to Prenatal … [Read more...]


Lab Accreditation Updates

Two of the main accreditation organizations for laboratories, the Joint Commission and the College of American Pathologists, have issued some updates that labs need to be aware of for 2017: The … [Read more...]