COMPLIANCE GUIDANCE

HIPAA: New HIPAA Penalties System Rewards Labs that Try to Comply

New HHS rules significantly increase the amount of money your lab can save by making diligent and demonstrable efforts to prevent HIPAA violations even when those efforts don't succeed. We're … [Read more...]

CYBERSECURITY

Compliance Perspectives: Complying with HIPAA Isn’t Enough to Manage Data Breach Liability Risks

Memo to lab managers and compliance officers: It may be time to rethink your data breach response strategy. This directive is the result not of any substantive changes to the HIPAA rules but rather to … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Focus On: State AGs Break New Ground by Teaming Up to Enforce HIPAA

Lab managers and compliance officers take note: For the first time ever, state attorneys general (AGs) have banded together to go after a health care provider for HIPAA violations. Although the … [Read more...]

FOCUS ON

State Law Round-up: New Privacy Breach Notification Laws Potentially Affecting Labs

As illustrated by the recent MIE settlement (click here for the story), security breaches involving patients' electronic protected health information (ePHI) exposes your lab to liability risks under … [Read more...]

COURT CASES

Labs In Court: A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Feds Salvage $2.5 Million from $90 Million Genetic Testing Scam Case: The feds accused Nevada Heart & Vascular Center (NHVC) of taking kickbacks from a pair of now defunct genetic testing … [Read more...]

COURT CASES

Labs In Court: A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Florida Doctor Settles Kickback, False Claims Charges for $911K Case: A Florida doctor settled charges of taking kickbacks for referring patients to Universal Oral Fluid Laboratories, a … [Read more...]

COURT CASES

Labs In Court: A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

New York Breaks Up Massive $28 Million Medicaid Diagnostics Mill Case: One of the biggest Medicaid diagnostics fraud schemes in recent memory has resulted in multiple convictions, including two … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE CORNER

HIPAA Compliance: The Pitfalls of PHI De-Identification & How to Avoid Them

In 2016, the Australian government released medical billing records of 2.9 million people. They tried to protect patient privacy by removing names and other identifying data. But it didn't work. … [Read more...]

HIPAA

Aetna to Pay California $935K for HIV Envelope Privacy Fiasco

Case: The price tag for the privacy snafu that occurred in July 2017 when Aetna mailed12,000 beneficiaries sensitive information about their HIV medication in envelopes with a transparent window keeps … [Read more...]

HIPAA

Traps to Avoid: Giving Ex-Lab Employees Access to PHI

Your lab staff understands the imperative of safeguarding personal health information (PHI) and wouldn't let strangers roam about the facilities freely. But it's easy for them to lower their guard … [Read more...]


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