COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE

HIPAA: New HIPAA Penalties System Rewards Labs that Try to Comply

New HHS rules significantly increase the amount of money your lab can save by making diligent and demonstrable efforts to prevent HIPAA violations even when those efforts don't succeed. We're … [Read more...]

LAB SAFETY

Changes in hazardous waste management: the Generator Improvement Rule

By Dan Scungio, MT (ASCP), SLS, CQA (ASQ)  bio If you haven't heard by now, you should know that the EPA published its Generator Improvement Rule (GIR) in 2016. It is an update to the … [Read more...]

FDA

Case of the Month: FDA Issues Warning Letter for Unapproved Changes to Approved Assay

As a rule of thumb, FDA approvals are a snapshot applicable only to the product as it exists at the time of review and approval. So, when the product undergoes significant changes, it often triggers … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY BUZZ

Google This: Labs Partner with Tech Giant

In recent months, several diagnostic companies have announced alliances with Google, and all involve Google Cloud Platform. Here is how four companies are using Google's … [Read more...]

NEWS

DNA Testing at the Border

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is piloting a DNA testing program at the U.S.-Mexico border. The program aims to establish "DNA-based family relationship (kinship) verification to improve … [Read more...]

FALSE CLAIMS

Enforcement Trends: Feds Targeting Commercial & Private-Pay, Not Just Medicare Fraud

Risk of federal prosecution for health fraud and abuse applies only when you deal with Medicare, TRICARE or other federal health programs. Right? Wrong! While that used to be true, the times they … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Case of the Month: Milwaukee Clinic the Latest MD-Owned Lab Busted for Urine Drug Test Abuses

Fraudulent utilization and billing of urine drug screening has become a priority for federal enforcers since the $256 million Millennium settlement of 2016. Subsequent cases have targeted abuses … [Read more...]

NEWS

The President’s Proposed 2019 Federal Budget: The 6 Things Labs Must Know

While President Trump's proposed $4.75 trillion budget may be the largest in U.S. history, it calls for important cuts affecting health care in general and labs in particular. Here are the six things … [Read more...]

OIG

Medicaid Fraud Enforcement Trends By the Numbers

A new report from OIG details Medicare Fraud Control Unit (MCFU) enforcement activity in fiscal year 2018. Bottom Line on Top: The numbers were pretty consistent with previous trends with little in … [Read more...]

OIG

GAO: $77.3 Billion in Improper Medicare/Medicaid 2017 Payments, Including $1.82 Billion to Labs

Medicare made $36.2 billion and Medicaid $41.2 billion in improper payments in fiscal year 2017. That's the finding of a report from the Government Accountability Office (GAO) based on CMS estimates … [Read more...]


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