Labs In Court

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

Florida Lab, Execs Settle False Billing of Urine Drug Test Charges for $41 Million  Case: Prosecutors accused a Tampa reference lab, pain clinic and two former executives of billing Medicare, … [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...]

Labs In Court

WV Hospital & Marketer Accused of Elaborate Kickback Scam

 Case: A new DOJ lawsuit accuses a West Virginia non-profit hospital and its business consultant of seeking to dominate the Ohio Valley market by bribing physicians for referrals. The scheme began in … [Read more...]

Stark Law

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...]

Labs In Court

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

Reference Lab Pays $26.7 Million to Settle False Claim Charges  Case: The feds claim that Laboratory Boston Heart Diagnostics contracted to provide lab testing services to Texas hospitals in … [Read more...]

Whistleblowers: Hospitals, Labs Dodge a Major Stark/False Claims Act Bullet

It’s the moment of truth in a whistleblower case. The defendant claims the whistleblower’s claims aren’t legally valid and asks the court to dismiss the case without a trial. If the motion is … [Read more...]

EKRA: More than a Year Out, Major Questions Remain Unresolved

One of the scariest new lab compliance laws in recent memory is the Eliminating Kickbacks in Recovery Act of 2018 (EKRA). While laws banning remuneration in exchange for referrals is nothing new to … [Read more...]

ANTI-KICKBACK

Compliance Tool: Model In-Office Phlebotomist Agreement

The following Model Agreement between a testing lab and a referring physician was created by Savannah, GA, lab compliance attorney Adam Walters and structured to minimize kickback liability risks to … [Read more...]


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