National Lab Reporter

Keeps You Up-to-Date on Federal & State Laws, Regulations, New Legislation, and Court Cases that Affect Your Diagnostic Lab or Pathology Practice

Subscribe today for access to
Articles and Reports

Latest Articles

OCR Doles Out Record Fine for Right of Access Violation

On July 15, the Department of Health & Human Services Office for Civil Rights announced 11 new enforcement actions, including the biggest penalty doled out since the agency began the right of access program back in April 2019—$240,000 against Texas nonprofit Memorial Hermann Health System.

A female healthcare office assistant in light blue scrubs hands medical records and a pen to a female patient. Stock photo.

Be Sure to Use New ABN Form, Starting August 31

As of August 31, 2022, labs and other providers must use the new ABN labeled with the appropriate federal OMB Number (0938-0566) and CMS-R-131 to ensure they can bill Medicare beneficiaries for any lab tests or other services that Medicare doesn’t cover.

Healthcare professional in blue scrubs sits at her desk and hands a clipboard with a form on it to a female patient. Stock photo.

CMS Proposes CLIA Fee Increases and Nurses Doing High-Complexity Testing

In addition to increasing and imposing new user fees, the proposed rule would allow nurses to perform high and moderate complexity testing, essentially placing nursing degrees on the same level as degrees in clinical laboratory science, biology, and chemistry. Here's what lab managers need to know about the proposed rule.

A male and female nurse make notes near some equipment in the hospital.