New Laws: New HHS Policy Makes Labs Potentially Liable for LGBTQ Discrimination

While it doesn’t directly relate to billing and reimbursement, federal civil rights laws have an impact on certain aspects of lab operations. These laws ban your lab from discriminating on the basis … [Read more...]


Medicare Reimbursement: CMS Finalizes Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment Changes for 2018

With all of the PAMA commotion, the 2018 Medicare Hospital and Ambulatory Surgical Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) final rule has flown under the radar. In case you don't feel like … [Read more...]


EHR: Window Closes on Meaningful Use Exemptions as Congress Seeks to Make Future Compliance Easier

October has been a big month for meaningful use compliance. Oct. 1: Deadline "Hardship" Exemption Among the victims of the recent natural disasters are first-time participants in the … [Read more...]


Help Your Lab Brace for Key Medicare Outpatient Reimbursement Changes

With the 2018 Clinical Laboratory Fee Schedule (CLFS) still in the works, CMS proposed changes to the Hospital Outpatient Prospective Payment System (HOPPS) rules on July 13. There are three items … [Read more...]


New Laws: House Bans Firing Whistleblowers for Disobeying Orders to Break the Law

It's clearly against the law to fire an employee in retaliation for filing a whistleblower suit against your lab. So it goes without saying that the ban on retaliation also prevents you from firing an … [Read more...]


How Much Time Does OSHA Have to Cite Labs for Recordkeeping Violations?

GROUND RULE OSHA Recordkeeping Regulations (Section 1904.33) require labs and other employers to retain accurate illness and injury records) for 5 years. OSHA has a 6-month window to issue … [Read more...]


Revised Travel Ban Issued

We recently outlined the major effects and the steps you can take to manage the impact of the travel ban executive order (See G2 Compliance Advisor, February 2017). Although that guidance was based on … [Read more...]


The 6 Things Labs Need to Know About the Trump Travel Ban

Although the first Trump travel ban didn't survive, a new version is already in the works. Although we don't yet know the details, the expectation is that the new travel ban will look a whole lot like … [Read more...]