ENFORCEMENT

Enforcement Trends: Increase in OIG Fraud Recoveries Belies Continued Decline in Enforcement Actions

OIG fraud recovery has been a solid growth business for nearly two decades. So, when the agency announced a decline in FY 2018 recovery figures, it was more than a bit surprising. But things got back … [Read more...]

Compliance Perspectives: New Laws & the Top 5 Challenges Lab Compliance Officers Face in 2020

Labs remain at the forefront of the federal government’s suspicious persons list and health care fraud enforcement agenda. But in addition to the customary laws that labs are used to, the government … [Read more...]

OIG

Scorecard: OIG Enforcement Actions against Labs in 2019

Labs remain at the top of the OIG’s enforcement hit list, as illustrated by the number of cases involving labs cited in the agency’s new Semiannual Report to Congress for FY 2019: False Billing … [Read more...]

NEWS

The Year in Labs Regulation: The 6 Biggest Stories of 2019

"May you live in interesting times.” This ancient Chinese curse extolling the virtues of stability may resonate with those of you who work in the lab industry and have a stake in federal … [Read more...]

ANTI-KICKBACK

Kickbacks: Millennium Free Test Cup Physicians Crackdown Yields First 7-Figure Settlement

The federal crackdown against the physicians and medical practices that accepted free point-of-care test cups from Millennium Health continues. On Oct. 2, 2019, the OIG dropped a bombshell by … [Read more...]

LABS IN COURT

Feds Take Down Florida Substance Abuse Clinic Principles for Drug Test Fraud

Case: A trio of individuals associated with a Miami substance abuse facility were charged with taking part in a scheme to bill private insurers for tests that weren’t medically necessary or, in some … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry   Lab’s ‘False Positive’ Drug Test Report ≠ Defamation of Employee  Case: An Arkansas nurse got fired … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Quest Pays $88.7K to Settle Specimen Collection Fee Kickback Charges Against Its Subsidiary

Case: After self-disclosing, Quest has settled kickback claims against its wholly-owned subsidiary, Quest Diagnostics TB LLC, for $88,780. The OIG alleges that from June 2011 to December 2016, the lab … [Read more...]

NEW LAW

New Laws: Proposed Kickback Changes Would Provide Needed Relief But Also Largely Exclude Labs

In what could be the most significant story in health care fraud and abuse compliance of the past several years, the CMS and OIG proposed new rules (the Proposal) to adapt 20th century kickback laws … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Enforcement Trends: New Takedown Is Evidence that Genetic Testing Has Become an Enforcement Priority

It’s a pretty good sign that fraudulent billing of genetic lab testing has become a priority for federal fraud enforcers when it gets its very own “takedown.” Known as Operation Double Helix, the … [Read more...]


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