Technology

Choosing A Partner to Automate Your Compliance Department

By Kristi Williams bio Sometimes the obvious isn’t so obvious.  And sometimes it takes fresh eyes to see what has been right in front of you all along.  Such is the case with automation in … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

How to Create a COVID-19 Exposure Control Plan

For as long as COVID-19 remains a threat, businesses—both essential and nonessential—won’t be allowed to re-open and remain open unless they implement a plan to control workplace infection risks. … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

Colorado MDs Pay $55K for Taking Specimen Processing Fee Kickbacks from HDL and Singulex

Case: Two physicians and their family medical practice have agreed to fork over $54,982 to the OIG to settle claims of soliciting and accepting illegal remuneration from lab companies Health … [Read more...]

COVID Restrictions Ease

Top 10 questions an employer should ask before returning employees to work

By Mike O’Brien bio As various states and municipalities across the country lift shutdowns and begin easing COVID restrictions, employers are faced with complex questions about safely bringing … [Read more...]

Medicare Reimbursement

New CMS Waivers Dramatically Expand Coverage Rules for COVID-19 Testing

CMS doesn’t want the usual compliance red tape to stand in the way of desperately needed COVID-19 testing. So, on May 1, the agency issued regulatory waivers temporarily expanding coverage of testing … [Read more...]

Model COVID-19 Medical Screening Policy

Regulators have made it clear that given the unique circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic, employers may implement pre-screening measures to ensure that people who have or may have the virus don’t … [Read more...]

Quiz

Spot the HIPAA Violation

SITUATION Lab technician Khan Tajus reports to his manager that he’s just tested positive for COVID-19 coronavirus. The manager orders him to go home, talk to a doctor and stay in self-isolation … [Read more...]

Trap to Avoid

Keeping Lab Employees On Call during Breaks without Paying Them for the Time

Does this sound familiar? A hospital lab needs around the clock staffing so that tests for acutely ill patients in the ER can be performed at any time without delay. But staffing is tight and often … [Read more...]

OSHA

Do Lab Employees Who Fear COVID-19 Infection Have the Right to Refuse Work?

In normal times, failure to show up for work or refusing to carry out work assignments is a form of insubordination subject to discipline. But in times of pandemic, work refusals by employees due to … [Read more...]

Employment Law Update

Employment law changing on the fly in response to COVID-19

By Mike O’Brien bio COVID-19 has ushered in a variety of new, and fast-evolving employment law changes, from the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) to the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and … [Read more...]


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