LABS IN COURT

Urgent Care Centers Settle E/M Upcoding Charges for $2 Million

Case: The owners/operators of CareWell urgent care centers in Massachusetts and Rhode Island have agreed to shell out $2 million for improper coding of Evaluation and Management services. CPT code … [Read more...]

CO-ORDINATING DATA

Laboratory Information Systems (LIS): What You Need To Know To Get Paid

By Sean McSweeney  bio Today, laboratory billing claims require more and more data to successfully get paid. One of the biggest reasons your claims may be getting denied is because you're not … [Read more...]

WHISTLEBLOWERS

Billing & Coding: Myriad Genetics Pays $9.1 Million to Settle Claims of Falsely Billing Medicare for Hereditary Cancer Tests

In March 2018, Myriad Genetics got a piece of mail no lab provider ever wants to see in its inbox: an OIG subpoena asking for billing records in connection with "an investigation into possible false … [Read more...]

CODING

Tennessee Pain Doctor Faces Jail for Opioid Abuses, Medicare Fraud

Case: The doctor is facing 45 charges, including 22 counts of illegal distribution of a controlled substance for routinely prescribing oxycodone and other Schedule II drugs without examining and … [Read more...]

PAYER CONTRACTS

Three key items to negotiate for successful payer contracts

By Steve Selbst  bio The purpose of this article is to help you, as a provider, to focus on three key items to look for in payer contracts that will help you to get profitable contracts in … [Read more...]

WORKING WITH PAYERS

Billing & Coding: Pathology Group Asks CMS to Raise Medicare Prices for BRCA1/2 Sequencing Tests

The Association for Molecular Pathology (AMP) thinks the final 2019 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule payment amounts shortchanges labs that provide BRCA genetic testing and is calling on CMS to … [Read more...]

PAMA

Proposed 2019 Medicare PFS: The 5 Things Labs Need to Know

On July 12, CMS issued the proposed 2019 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS), with comments scheduled to end on Sept. 10. Takeaways: 1. Physician Payment Rates  CMS is proposing a 0.25% increase … [Read more...]

FEE SCHEDULES

How PAMA’s Effect in 2018 Molecular Diagnostic Reimbursement Will Make Labs More Money

By Sean McSweeney  bio The year 2018 is slated to be much brighter for molecular diagnostic labs as PAMA fee schedules show a higher payment rate and amount for many cancer genomics and … [Read more...]

FALSE CLAIMS

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

Ohio Hospital System Settles Kickback Claims for $14.25 Million Case: Rather than risk a trial, Mercy Health will pay $14.25 million to settle charges of entering into improper financial … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE PERSPECTIVES

PAMA Reimbursement: CMS Tells Labs How to Secure ADLT Status for New Tests

Although the 2018 market-based Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) is officially in effect, implementation of the new PAMA Part B payment rules for lab tests remains a work in progress. On March … [Read more...]


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