Whistleblowers

California Case Shows Why Paying Specimen Collection Fees of Any Amount Are a Liability Risk

Paying physicians fees to collect and process patient samples for testing is a dicey proposition because it exposes labs to suspicion under the Stark and Anti-Kickback Statute laws. Such arrangements … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

NIPT Lab Company Pays $49 Million to Settle False Billing and Kickback Charges

Case: A month after going public, Progenity agreed to shell out $49 million to settle claims of overbilling and paying physicians kickbacks to order its noninvasive prenatal tests (NIPT). The case, … [Read more...]

Stark Law

CMS Proposes to Peel Back Restrictions on Physician Owned Hospital Expansions

From the onset, the Administration has assigned a high priority to loosening Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) restrictions. And now CMS has floated two new proposals allowing for greater … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

NIPT Lab Company Pays $49 Million to Settle False Billing and Kickback Charges Case: A month after going public, Progenity agreed to shell out $49 million to settle claims of overbilling and … [Read more...]

In the News

Healthcare Organizations Call for Quick Action on Kickback Law Changes

Labs and the health industry have been waiting for years for some Stark Law and Anti-Kickback Statute (AKS) relief. Last October, HHS, CMS and the OIG finally unveiled the long-awaited plans to … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

Whistleblower Lawsuit Can’t Start Until Criminal Investigation Ends  Case: Two former MedComp Laboratory Sciences employees filed a whistleblower lawsuit accusing the lab of concocting an elaborate … [Read more...]

Brief Your CEO

The 18 Things You Can Do for COVID-19 that You Can’t Do for Other Testing  

Blanket Waivers relaxing kickback law restrictions standing in the way of desperately needed COVID-19 tests continue to play a crucial role in the federal government’s response to the Public Health … [Read more...]

Labs In Court

A roundup of recent cases and enforcement actions involving the diagnostics industry

SCOTUS Agrees to Step in and Resolve Obamacare Constitutionality  Case: Before COVID-19, the health care issue that kept millions of Americans up at night was the future of the Affordable Care … [Read more...]

Compliance Corner

What to Do If Stark Is Keeping You from Providing Emergency COVID-19 Testing

Scenario: A local physician group wants to team up with your lab to provide COVID-19 testing for its Medicare, Medicaid and private pay patients. Although the deal would also be lucrative, the primary … [Read more...]

Coronavirus

How Coronavirus Public Health Emergency Offers Potential for Temporary Stark Relief

On Jan. 31, 2020, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared novel coronavirus, aka, COVID-19, a public health emergency (PHE). While it might sound like the highest level of government … [Read more...]


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