Labs in Court

Massachusetts Mental Health Hospital Fined $65,000 for HIPAA Right of Access Violation

Case: The HIPAA Privacy Rule gives providers 30 days and, in some instances, 60 days to respond to patients’ requests of access to their medical records. But it took Massachusetts behavioral health … [Read more...]

Enforcement Trends

Silicon Valley Becomes Epicenter of Lab Investment Scams

On paper, the Silicon Valley venture capital and innovation that have lifted so many other industries seem like the perfect elixir for medical labs. Perhaps one day it will prove to be just that. But … [Read more...]

Kickbacks

The HDL Saga Continues with $114 Million Verdict against Lab’s CEO and Marketing Principles

Health Diagnostics Laboratory, Inc. (HDL) has been gone for years but prosecution efforts targeting the massive kickback scandal it authored lives on. Naturally, the initial wave of actions targeted … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

Michigan Cardiologist Shells Out $2 Million to Settle False Billing Charges

Case: The feds claim that over an 11-year period the physician and his metropolitan Detroit area practice and lab sites violated the False Claims Act by billing Medicare, Medicaid and TRICARE for … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

Florida Court Upholds Conviction of Physician at Center of Massive Drug Test Scam

Case: In February 2019, the physician/medical director of a pair of sober home clinics in clinics was sentenced to 11 years in prison and ordered to pay $1 million in restitution for his role in a … [Read more...]

Labs in Court

Theranos Redux? Feds Target New Silicon Valley Diagnostics Start-Up Investment Scam

Case: Federal prosecutors have filed criminal charges against the co-founders of a San Francisco biotechnology start-up firm with defrauding investors by making bloated claims about a revolutionary … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

Genetic Test Lab Pays Over $2.5 Million for Role in Nursing Home Scam

Case: Federal prosecutors accused a molecular testing lab owned by California-based AutoGenomics of carrying out a scheme to generate illegal referrals of tests on residents of 76 nursing homes that … [Read more...]

HIPAA Enforcement

New OCR Data Shed Light on the Costs of Privacy Noncompliance

HIPAA enforcement isn’t nearly as fat a cash cow as enforcement of False Claims Act (FCA) and other healthcare fraud laws is, it still takes a lot of money out of the pockets of providers and into the … [Read more...]

Kickbacks

Federal Court Upholds $114.1 Million Judgment against Principles of HDL and Singulex Scam

The Health Diagnostics Laboratory, Inc. (HDL) and Singulex kickback saga continues. In recent years, most of the action has been centered not so much on the labs themselves but on others involved in … [Read more...]

Enforcement Trends:

New Administration Continues OCR HIPAA Right of Access Initiative

Although the Biden administration has signaled its intention to revisit just about every healthcare regulatory initiative of its predecessor, one enforcement undertaking seems to be continuing … [Read more...]


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