Billing & Coding

New HCPCS Codes for COVID-19 Specimen Collection

CMS has established two new Level II HCPCS codes for COVID-19 specimen collection: G2023 - Specimen collection for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) (Coronavirus … [Read more...]

PAMA

COVID-19 Relief Bill Defers 2021 Medicare Part B Lab Test Price Cuts for One Year

The $2 trillion COVID-19 relief bill, CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act), provides for free coronavirus testing without adequately compensating the labs who perform the tests. … [Read more...]

LDTs

VITAL Act Would Eliminate FDA Regulation of New Tests During Health Emergencies

In standing aside and allowing test makers to validate and perform COVID-19 laboratory developed tests (LDTs) and not wait for Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), the FDA has actually acknowledged what … [Read more...]

Emerging Tests

Inside the FDA’s Four-Armed COVID-19 Test Response Strategy

What started as the traditional Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) response deployed by the FDA for previous infectious illness outbreaks has rapidly evolved into something altogether different and … [Read more...]

FDA Watch

The Month in Global New Diagnostic Test Approvals

In addition to Emergency Use Authorization clearances for 15 COVID-19 tests, the FDA cleared a number of other non-coronavirus tests via its standard pathways. Here’s the rundown of key new approvals … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives

A 5-Step Game Plan for Protecting Lab Employees from COVID-19 Infection

In this time where so much is riding on diagnostic testing, labs face the imperative of safeguarding their employees against risks of COVID-19 infection. Here’s a quick overview of the applicable laws … [Read more...]

Employment Law

Coronavirus pushing rapid changes in employer law

By Mike O’Brien bio Employer law is rapidly changing amid the coronavirus pandemic. For one thing, Congress has passed another coronavirus related law. The United States Department of Labor (DOL) … [Read more...]

Industry Buzz

COVID-19 Relief Bill Leaves Labs Out in the Cold

Labs who have answered the call to mobilize beyond capacity so that people can be tested for COVID-19 can be forgiven for thinking nobody in Washington “CARES” about them. What else are they supposed … [Read more...]

Fraud

OIG Warns of COVID-19 Testing Scams

Apparently, scammers aren’t among the legions of people not working due to COVID-19. On March 23, the OIG issued a public service announcement and accompanying video warning consumers of scammers … [Read more...]

HIPAA in a Time of Coronavirus

HHS Waives HIPAA Sanctions and Penalties

There is no doubt that we are in the midst of a national crisis, and in such times, rules have to be bent. That is happening with some parts of the privacy rules of the Health Insurance Portability … [Read more...]


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