OCR Cracks Down on Providers Who Don’t Provide Individuals Timely Access to PHI

The HIPAA Privacy Rule requires labs and other health care providers to provide persons on whom they keep health records and other protected health information (PHI) timely access to that information … [Read more...]


Laboratory Information Systems (LIS): What You Need To Know To Get Paid

By Sean McSweeney  bio Today, laboratory billing claims require more and more data to successfully get paid. One of the biggest reasons your claims may be getting denied is because you're not … [Read more...]


Earning our Spot on the Patient-Centered Care Team

By Jennifer Dawson, MHA, FACHE, CPHQ, LSSBB, DLM(ASCP)SLS, QIHC, QLC  bio There is a lot of talk these days about integrating the laboratory into patient-centered care teams1 and about … [Read more...]


OIG Monthly Work Plan Review: July 2019

This month there is only one new Work Plan item. Although it doesn't directly impact laboratory operations, it may be of interest to some labs. Quality of Maternal Healthcare in Indian Health Service … [Read more...]


OIG Monthly Work Plan Review: June 2019

This month, there were seven new Work Plan items. Two of these, detailed below, may have implications for some labs. Opioid Use in Medicare Part D in 2018 Issue: The opioid crisis remains a public … [Read more...]


OIG Monthly Work Plan Review: May 2019

Of the three new items in this month's OIG Work Plan items, one may have implications for some labs. Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment at Health Centers Issue: Medication-assisted … [Read more...]


Compliance Perspective: How to Comply with New OSHA Electronic Injury Recordkeeping & Reporting Rules

  Does your lab facility have 250 or more employees? Has your employee count reached 250 or more at any time during the 2016 calendar year? Is your lab part of a hospital that has … [Read more...]


TOOL: Model HIPAA Breach Notification Letter to Patient

Data security breaches involving patient records can occur despite your best efforts to prevent them. If prevention fails, your lab needs to switch to incident response mode and take measures to … [Read more...]


Zero Tolerance of Workplace Violence: From Moral Stand to Workable Policy

Although workplace violence has become an epidemic, health care settings are at especially high risk. One of the most popular approaches to the problem is the so-called "zero tolerance" … [Read more...]