ANTI-KICKBACK

Despite Vigorous Denial, Molecular Lab Pays $1.8 Million to Settle Fraud Charges

Case: The feds claim that Molecular Testing Labs, a toxicology and genetics lab in Washington State, paid local labs in exchange for Medicare and Tricare referrals; it then turned what had been an … [Read more...]

NEWS

New Study Finds Lab Automation Market Poised for Continued Growth, Focus on Genomics Solutions

The lab automation market is expected to reach $5.20 billion by 2022 from an estimated $4.06 billion in 2017, at a CAGR rate of 5.1%, according to leading B2B research company MarketsandMarkets. The … [Read more...]

FALSE CLAIMS

Chicago Doctor Indicted for Approving Medically Unnecessary In-Home Tests

Case: Working out of a Chicago-based clinic, a doctor allegedly prescribed and authorized ultrasounds, percutaneous allergen and nerve transmission for Medicare patients even though he knew the … [Read more...]

CMS

CLIA: CMS Proposes 20% Fee Increase—and Further Increases Could Follow

As if Year 2 of PAMA lab fees wasn't enough, CMS dished out another dose of agita to the lab industry: CLIA fees will be going up 20%, effective this year. Background For those of you who are new to … [Read more...]

TECHNOLOGY

10x Genomics Ordered to Pay $23.9 Million for Infringing Bio-Rad’s Patents

Case: The Federal District Court jury found that 10x willfully infringed three genetic analysis technology patents that Bio-Rad licensed from the University of Chicago on an exclusive basis. … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

Enforcement Trends: After 2017 Decline, False Claims Act Healthcare Recoveries Bounce Back

Although the False Claims Act (FCA) remains a federal enforcement cash cow, the growth rate has fallen off in recent years, at least in the healthcare sector. But that short-term trend could be in … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

New Law: EKRA Makes Drug Addiction & Rehab Labs Potential Targets for Federal Prosecution

Recent federal legislation addressing the opioid crisis may have unintended consequences on the lab industry. The idea was to allow the feds to prosecute a certain kind of abuse banned by the … [Read more...]

COURT CASES

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

Wisconsin Health System Settles Stark Claims for $12 Million Case: In a case that began as a whistleblower suit, a company affiliated with Advocate Aurora Health, Inc. has agreed to pay $12 … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Industry Buzz: When It Comes to Obamacare, Uncertainty Is the Only Certainty

Last month, a U.S. District Court Judge ruled that the Affordable Care Act, aka Obamacare, is unconstitutional—not just the individual mandate but the whole bloody law. But if you were expecting … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

The Worker Shortage and Your Lab

If you're having trouble finding employees, all you have to do is look at the numbers to understand the problem. The national unemployment rate stands at 3.7%—and in some states it's even lower. In … [Read more...]


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