Compliance Heads Up: New Kickback Safe Harbors Rule Is Almost Ready

After months of promises, posturing and public consultation, the Department of Health and Human Services is getting ready to unveil a proposed rule to liberate labs and other providers from the … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

New OIG Report Confirms that Labs Are Still on the Enforcement Radar

After a recent dip, OIG enforcement activity has seemingly rebounded, at least in terms of total recoveries. That's the basic punchline from the newly published OIG Semiannual Report to Congress … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

From Blood Screen to Silver Screen: The Theranos Story Goes Hollywood

Clinical labs are not usually the stuff of Hollywood. But the story of Theranos and its charismatic leader has attracted filmmakers the way regular law-abiding labs never do, spawning not one but a … [Read more...]

OSHA

Compliance Perspectives: A 10-Step Compliance Strategy for OSHA Recordkeeping Rules

January is the season when employers must compile their OSHA logs for the previous year. The good news is that many labs are exempt from these requirements. Here's an overview of the OSHA … [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

Provider Fined for Not Taking Compliance Measures Required by Its CIA

Case:┬áNearly 10 years ago, a new Affordable Care Act rule requiring labs and other providers to investigate their credit balances for potential Medicare overpayments took effect. In 2015, Pediatric … [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...]

LEGISLATION

Compliance Alert: New Private-Pay Opioid Law Puts All Drug Addiction & Rehab Labs at Risk of 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...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Compliance Perspectives: PAMA Pitfalls & Survival Strategies

PAMA's deep Medicare reimbursement cuts have had a devastating impact on the lab industry. Recent CMS changes in the 2019 Final Rule should provide a degree of pricing relief but not until 2021. In … [Read more...]

Enforcement Trends: Opioid Crackdown Is Diverting Resources from Traditional OIG Enforcement Activities

The OIG won't admit it, but the opioid crackdown is diverting resources from traditional Medicare fraud and waste enforcement efforts. At least that's the most likely explanation for the dramatic … [Read more...]


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