LEGISLATION

Compliance Alert: New Private-Pay Opioid Law Puts All Drug Addiction & Rehab Labs at Risk of Federal Prosecution

Recent federal legislation addressing the opioid crisis may have unintended consequences on the lab industry. The idea was to allow the feds to prosecute a certain kind of abuse banned by the … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

CMS Takes 3 New Measures to Bolster Medicaid Program Integrity

With Medicaid spending on the rapid ascent, CMS unveiled a trio of new initiatives to bolster program integrity and make states more accountable for compliance with federal rules. 1. MLR Audits CMS … [Read more...]

GENETIC TESTING

Compliance Perspectives: Genetic Test Labs Face Growing Risk of Medical Malpractice Liability

Compliance managers of lab involved in the $3 billion consumer-based genetic testing business need to safeguard their flank against a growing legal risk: the threat of liability for malpractice. As … [Read more...]

LITIGATION

Are Genetic Testing Labs Liable for Medical Malpractice?

Consumer-based genetic testing has become a $3 billion business with a seemingly limitless future. But the industry is also facing a legal threat to future growth: malpractice liability. In the past … [Read more...]

DATA

Case of the Month: Patients Can’t Sue Labs for Privacy Breaches, Federal Court Confirms

The HIPAA law sets out civil and criminal penalties that can be imposed on labs (and other providers) that commit privacy violations. But one thing the HIPAA law does not specify is whether an … [Read more...]

COMPLIANCE

Medicaid Fraud: Enforcement Continues to Trend Down as Labs Drift Deeper into the Background

Last month, the OIG published its annual summary of Medicaid Fraud Control Unit (MCFU) activity for FY 2017. Here is a summary of the key findings, trends and impact on labs. Background The 50 MCFUs … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY BUZZ

Arizona Fraud Suit Opens New Front in the Legal War against Theranos

Suing Theranos has become something of a cottage industry. And now a whole new front in the legal war appears ready to open: state consumer fraud lawsuits. The Arizona Attorney General's Office (AGO) … [Read more...]

ENFORCEMENT

Theranos Faces Potential Consumer Fraud Litigation

The Arizona Attorney General's Office (AGO) recently issued a request for proposal signaling a new legal battle for Theranos: state consumer fraud lawsuits. The AGO indicated in its request that it … [Read more...]

INDUSTRY BUZZ

Arizona Fraud Suit Opens New Front in the Legal War against Theranos

The Arizona Attorney General's Office (AGO) recently issued a request for proposal signaling a new legal battle for Theranos: state consumer fraud lawsuits. The AGO indicated in its request that it … [Read more...]

HEALTH CARE REFORM

Studies Examine Impact of Federal and State Policies on Health Costs and Utilization

Lab leaders often read about national and state policies. But effects of them may be harder to discover. The Health Care Cost Institute (HCCI) was motivated to find answers. Six recently released … [Read more...]


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