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A roadmap for diagnostic labs: Federal regulations

Diagnostic labs, like any business within the health care industry, are subject to federal regulations. A failure to abide by these rules can result in serious consequences, including steep financial penalties and, if the violation is severe, potential imprisonment. Because of the seriousness of these penalties, it is a good idea to have a basic understanding of the applicable regulations. Some of the more well-known include:

Nurse managers: Two tips for success in 2020

2020 has been a year of adaptation for those in the medical field. Doctors, nurses and medical professionals throughout the health care system must adapt to the changes that have come with the Coronavirus pandemic. Hospitals were reconfigured to better ensure they could serve patients, many elective procedures were postponed or canceled and those providing care were required to take additional steps to protect themselves and their patients from exposure to the virus.

As patient admissions grow, will medication errors also spike?

Pockets throughout the country are experiencing a jump in COVID-19 cases that require medical intervention. As a result, local facilities are finding themselves facing an onslaught of patients. This surge can lead to physically and mentally overwhelmed medical professionals working to provide quality care in a rushed and urgent environment -- not a combination that can prove successful over an extended period of time. As a result, it is not a surprise that medical leaders are voicing concerns about a potential for a spike in medication errors.

Do diagnostic labs need a voluntary compliance program?

Government officials continue to investigate and prosecute allegations of health care fraud throughout the medical community. Hospitals, physicians, chiropractors, dentists and diagnostic labs are all open to investigations and allegations of wrongdoing. Leaders within these markets can take steps to proactively reduce the risk of such allegations. One example: putting together a voluntary compliance program.

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